Zoso137 (52) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
this brew made me feel like i had to go to a seminar on dental care but i ended up in a class about european weather.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle generously sent by Sethdude, thanks dude! Cellar temperature, Samuel Smith pint. Pours a magnificent smooth off-white very stable head atop a cloudy/translucent orange-amber body...rich malty-caramel nose with hints of vanilla....full-throttle solid ESB body, light herbal bitterness throughout with solid malt underpinnings, oaky and moderately dry body....elegant, relatively dry version of style is readily quaffable and beautiful to behold.
JPDIPSO (5299) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright copper color with a small off-white head. Small amount of lace. Dry aromas of malt and caramel. Initial floral scent that seems to diminish after a few minutes, but is remembered and missed. Quite dry from the start as well, but quite malty in the finish and linger. Some mild raisin and currant flavors adrift mid to late quaff. A mild astringency late knocks it down one, but still quite pleasant.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is nice clear amber with a thin white head...smell is nicely sweet and spicy with lots of nice hops giving a melon quality to the very doughy aroma...taste is strongly bitter for an ESB, but not in an IPA way...sweet doughy flavors up front turning into a growing mild bitterness...very well done!!!
mkgrenwel (604) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Thanks to TAR for this one) Crisp, dry and fruity. Apples and cherries. Peppery and spicy with the hops. Nice and bitter, but not strongly. This is a very well crafted ESB. Nothing about it is particularly impressive, but it is a well rounded beer.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with iwantalambic, thanks Justin!) Bottled With Love on 26-Oct-05. Whoa, surprisingly hoppy for an ESB, but the mildly sweet pale malt profile seems pretty timid in comparison. I can really taste the grassy hops in this rather than just vague bitterness, though the level of bitterness isn’t exactly shy here either. Slightly grassy and grapefruity hops aroma. Medium bodied, crisp and somewhat clean, pretty standard carbonation mouthfeel. The beer is light amber in color with near perfect clarity. The off-white head rises to almost an inch before settling down to a wide ring and leaving sporadic patchy lacing on the glass. Overall, I’m reminded of a very hoppy English ale rather than the American ESB I was expecting, though I would have known better had I read the label. It’s a pretty decent beer and the flavor of the bitter hops is pleasant, but for my tastes, there’s far too little malt to keep the hops balanced.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
good ale with a strong abv to make it quite the session winter ale; bold drinkin’ ale, earthy with some cute subtleties--apple, chalkdust, grapefruit, floral, caramel, a bit of malt-like spice, and on, but not much on... although i quite liked it.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent aroma. Clear, amber hue, with some head. Has a good, bitter flavor to it. Good texture, with the right amount of carbonation. Overall, it was a nice, enjoyable beer.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (10/26/2005) thanks to Kevin. Clear amber body with just a wisp of white head. Toasty crystal malt aroma with strong fruity melon and ester highlights. Diacetyl and toasty crystal in the flavor along with apple skin esters. Grain dust and some crisp grass hops in the finish dry. Not that great of a beer.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle. Shiny clear gold color. Lingering soapy head.
Aroma is sweet, slightly stemmy hops (not very hoppy though). Kind of herbal I think, like the purple clover flowery things.
That kind of carries over in to the taste. Flowery hops that fade into a soapy residue with a touch of sweetness. Some bright sour saltiness too that is kind of cool if you float it around your tongue enough. Kind of bitter and slightly one-dimensional. But still has some interesting character if you look hard.