SSSteve (3663) - - DEC 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. hazy orange/amber with a stable, creamy head. sweet, worty, pale malt aroma. full bodied and chewy. lots of bready malt. fruity, peach-like hop notes. the flaked ingredients definity add some body here. very nice beer.
beerme31 (451) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden color, thin white lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, bread. Medium sweet citrus flavor. Medium body, thin texture, a bit fizzy, mild bitterness. Very different ESB than many of the others I’ve rated. Thinner body and leans more sweet. Not bad overall.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A muffled semi-hoppy amber ale lacking vivacity.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed as soon as we got it through private importation, but already 5 months after bottling date :(
The look: Slightly cloudy amber-orange body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is dank and moist, like smelling leafy hops in a wet basement. In mouth the beer has a medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel and abundant carbonation. Taste is semi-toasted cereals, an awkward mix of caramel and marmalade, moldy fruits, soggy cookies, very dank hops. Overall this bottle was as far from bright and vibrant as a beer can get, everything here felt moldy, slightly rotten, dank. Not as bad my choice of words make it to be, but still a pretty lame experience. Might be because the bottle suffered from the private importation transit, it has to be. Not what I expect from an ESB, Schlafly may think I will believe this is an ESB because it is written ESB on the label but my mother didn’t raise no fool (my father did while my mother ignored me because I was dumb)
Funkatrocious (84) - - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank at Roadhouse in Webster Groves, Missouri. Pours orange gold, white head. Hoppy and smooth
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
cfrancis (2154) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a moderate white top. Aroma is sweet grains and pine hop. Taste is a great balance of sweet grains and pine hop bitterness. Rye spice just tops it off.
kdm1984 (586) - Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of booze, caramel malts, and hops with a little rye, and then a little fruit the more it sits. Quite complex. Flavor: Fruity, boozy, hoppy toward the end, and a juicy, bitter finish and aftertaste. Wow, this is terrific. Phenomenal combo of a winter warmer ale with some more IPA-like qualities. Much of Schlafly’s stuff is rather average, but this is excellent and nuanced across the board.
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bouteille de 12 oz obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur d’orange et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est orangée opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréale avec une pointe d’agrumes et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #5183)
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rather pale example, dark golden, covered by a light, lasting beige head. Tiny sediments settle at the bottom of the glass. Glorified esters and toasted, biscuity, caramelly malts which combine together in a sense of balance. Actually a bit lighter than I would have expected on the hop side where gently woodsy, earthy, orangey spicy hops do not quite egt over the appley, spicy, slightly sulphury even yeastiness which at times comprise a jammy fruity kick. Yet its dry/sweet balance is efficient, the initial biscuity sweetness burst being balanced by an earthy, smooth and clean bitterness to which the soft, but far from absent bubbles certainly contribute. Well, it’s good, but this was one of those beers, backs in the days, which used to be rated 3.8+ and was possibly even the top ESB on the site. Assuming it has not evolved, that’s kinda mysterious (even though its scores have been on a downhill in recent years) as there are plenty of awesome examples (especially York’s in my limited exposure) out there and I say that as a Schlafly fan who really appreciate their base beer portfolio, all clean and respectable, sometimes excellent straightforward recipes at very reasonable prices. I feel old all of a sudden.
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, orange-amber color, with a thick beige head, nice candied orange peel, orange marmalade, orange lollipop, biscuity, toasted, caramel, bready maltiness nose, with some honey cracker, pannetone cake notes, with a hint of citrus hops in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good biscuity, bready, toasted, caramel malt, fruity candied orange peel, orange marmalade, honeyed bready cracker character, with a mild flowery citrus, leafy hop, pannetone cake flavour, leading towards a candied orange peel fruitiness, honey maltiness, lingering citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.
AlainG (1035) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Les sédiments tournoient dans ce liquide ambré. L’effervescence alimente la mousse, qui ne bouge pratiquement pas, en fait, on dirait même que la levure travaille encore. Le nez est de caramel, d’épices, de miel et de malt et ça m’est plutôt agréable. La texture soyeuse nous caresse la bouche en transportant des saveurs de miel et de fleurs sauvages au travers le malt. Une faible acidité et une amertume soutenues par des pointes fruitées finalisent le tout. (Embout. 9 janv.2013) (781-170813)