novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super smooth bitter ale. Not a lot of bite in this bitter, but it’s a nice sessioner with a nice mixup of hops and malt. Nothing too overpowering, but certainly a nice brew.
jjsint (1803) - Stuntney, 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 (4317) - 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 (5191) - 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 (39) - 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 (646) - 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 (1178) - 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.
chucklemation (1038) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fruity hops, and an almost oaky/vanilla aroma. Flavor is mostly malts: caramel and toffee, with that same vanilla undertone. Has low bitterness. Pretty good.
patricks110 (2283) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
good balance, smooth, mild bitterness. Biscuity, caramel malts. So boring for me and the style. Balance is good but very toned down. A bit of spice on the hops with a light citrus zest note.
pintbypint (3152) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml brown bottle. Orange-golden colour with a light haziness. Long lasting sticky white head. Nose has sweet caramel malts and some orangey hops. Taste is malty - grains and caramel, a little toasty with some late hops. Low bitterness, aftertaste is malty. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good ESB.