Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, Minnesota. Pours a semi-clear light brownish amber colored brew with an average sized off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves behind spotty lacing. Aroma of dark pitted fruits, caramel malt, floral hops and a touch of toffee. Taste is medium bodied with flavors of caramel malt, some lightly raisinized fruits and a touch of toffee. Finish is semi-sweet with a fruit and caramel malt aftertaste.
beersncomics (14) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2016
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Deep amber in colour
Taste is a light citrus and grass hop bitterness with a bit of burnt caramel
This was really disappointing
zacgillbanks (4077) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vinomondo, 19 High Street, Conwy, Gwynedd LL32 8DE. Bright amber coloured with a thin, quickly disappearing white head. It has a malty, toffee and slight tart red fruity flavour followed by a grassy and creamy toffee finish. Ok.
jjsint (2046) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Keg at the Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Amber, a bit hazy with minimal head. Minimal scent too - a nice bit of gummy resin but you have to work for it. Sweet, chewy taste, with toffee and more resinous pine, although again there’s not enough of it. Clean, slick finish. An ok beer but very muted.
Martinus (4355) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber golden colour, white head. Aroma of straw, malts, hay, grass, fruity notes. Malty flavour, caramel, straw, light sweet. Finish sweet malts.
(From 35.5cL bottle @ After GBBF tasting, chriso’s place, London ’14. Thanks for sharing, rb crew!)
reebtogi (5399) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle pours amber in color with a finger of off-white head that settles to reveal only a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and light roasted grains with some mild chocolate and citrus. Taste is a light citrus and grass hop bitterness with a bit of toasted notes and chocolate and caramel malty sweetness. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a nicely flavoured brew that is enjoyable and worth checking out.
PhatCatt (47) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2015
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Medium to bold body, with an aroma of pineapple, rye bread graininess nettles with holiday fruitcake spices in the mouth feel which is slightly more noticeable after a short pause or later sips.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #1207 - 29.07.2014 - Another advance from Saugatuck. Pours a deep golden amber colour with a foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly, medium-strong retention. Aroma is mild grass, mild honey. Hop presence is significant, giving the bitter character with a hint of toffee honey sweetness. Well balanced, medium bodied ale that is easy to drink. Cheers.
Drjohnrock (680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Twelve ounce bottle from Saugatuck sampler 12 pack purchased at Jeff’s Marathon, tasted on September 13, 2015. Very dark brown amber hue, aroma more like an amber than an ESB, flavor has some ESB character but more like an amber with an attitude. Not bad but might have been a bit old.
Towey1989 (1519) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) A clear amber colour with thin white head. Aroma of caramel, toasty malt, some bread, subtle honeycomb and earthy hops. Taste of caramel, toasty malt, some bread, a little vanilla, subtle metallic tones and earthy hops. Light bodied and moderate carbonation. A sweetish, soft earthy bitterness in the finish. Nice, sweet malty flavours but I find it too bland, not a good ESB.