blackflag321 (485) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour to shaker. Hazy dark amber. Malty, slightly sweet. More amber than ESB, overall.
pablo951 (461) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had it out of a bottle. Pours a rich copper color with a thick yellow head that dissipated quickly but not all the way. Aroma is of earthy hops and pine, and the taste is thick with a malty caramel flavor.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brilliant amber pour. Two-finger off-white head that settled into a creamy 1/2 inch. Modest carbonation. Sweet, grainy, nose with hints of malt. Medium-full body. Less malt and bitterness on the palate than expected given the ESB label. Forward bitterness that lingers. Short. Some Belgian lace. Drinks well. Quenching but not exciting. Will neither seek out nor decline.
mrjaxson (294) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Advertised as a balanced ESB, this is far more on the malty side with sweet, caramel influences. Close your eyes to what it says on the label and you’ll just say yummy. Enjoyed on tap at Town Pump Tavern in Detroit.
crossovert (7438) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
AMber pour with a gigantic head, you would think its a belgian. Totally uncontrollabel head. The smell is pleasant, herbal hops, spices, bread malt, hint of fruitiness and some etal. Mouthfeel is super-carbonated it is like drinking pop rocks. Flavor is lightly malty, lightly hoppy, kind of hard ot pick out flavors due to the carbonation issue.
shrubber85 (7644) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Toffee malt aroma. Medium amber with moderate head. Mildly sweet toffee malt and pepper flavor. Nice body. Solid.
Patrickctenchi (3703) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazed, woody brown with a thick tan head.
Scent is wood, nuts, earth.
Taste is earthy hop, caramel malt.
Smooth, a litttle tingly....peppered.
Not bad at all.
queenholly (2924) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Bready caramel malt aroma. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Toast, caramel malt, and earthy herbal hops flavor. Body on the light side of medium, moderate carbonation.
wlajwl (3895) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is malts, yeast and hint of tropical fruit. The flavor is fruit/tropical fruit, malts and a mildly sour finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Pours a mostly clear amber colored body with an inch thick, dense, rocky and foamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is somewhat fruity with a bready, somewhat sticky caramel malt backing. A bit of a spiciness and earthiness in there as well. Flavor is tough to put down. Earthy and papery up front with a lot of oxidation present. Some toasty, bready caramels at the back end with just a slight sweetness, but this finishes pretty harsh with a spicy and earthy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a lively, foamy carbonation. Overall, this is not a very good beer. Oxidized, bitter, and tough to put down. Not the worst beer I’ve ever had, but it’s certainly down there on the list.