hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 8-21-2010 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This bottled beer courtesy of jsquire pours a small head that mostly diminishes, hazy golden body, no visible carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt and bitter hops. The taste is lightly bitter, malt and citrus hops. The palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is not overly bitter tasting, but there is a lingering bitter aftertaste. There is not a lot going on with this beer as it lacks character and is a so-so beer.
rumproasts (3758) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. amber with one finger head. caramel malt. needs quite a bit more hops. more amber than esb.
blackflag321 (560) - 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 (491) - 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 (340) - .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 (8853) - 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 (8762) - 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 (4604) - 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 (3372) - 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.