rederic (3156) - 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 (1364) - 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)
BeerGolem (724) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 12 fl. oz. Served in english pint. Pours dark orange-amber with slight particles (mispour maybe). Strange aroma of earthy hops, fruits, caramel and vegetable juice. Taste is on par. Kind of thin. Not bad, but nothing extraordinary. Freshness may have been an issue here.
BOSSbrewer (2148) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at the Tap Room in St. Louis in the summer of 2011. Nice esb. Pours an amber brown. Lightly toasted malt flavor with some toffee and maltiness. Good esb.
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Pours a very opaque orangeish dark golden with sediments and a short lived white head. Aroma is biscuits and toasts. Flavor is roasted bread, dark fruits, sweet caramel, bananas, bubble gum. Finish is earthy, herbal. Lingering sweetness and bitterness. This has got to be one of the most refreshing, well-balanced incarnations of the ESB I’ve had. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Very solid, super well balanced. Loved it.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with small head. Rather pale for an ESB.
Aroma : Malt with some mixed grains. Very light caramel. Very light herbal and earthy hops
Taste : Malty with light hops. Finish slightly bitter with malt. Pretty malty finish. Very light mineral notes.
Palate : Average carbonation. Too strong for te style IMHO.
Overall : A rather awkward ESB that barely has any British character. Fairly unanimous beer that is still decent and drinkable. Carbonation could be softer. Uneventful beer.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass
A - Pours a hazy amber, with 1 finger of yellow tinted meringue head. Very nice retention with below average lacing.
S - Bready, pureed peaches, caramel, honey sweet malt, hints of light lemon citrus.
T - Bready malts, light caramel, the peach fruit carries over from the aroma and melds very well with the soft bready malts. There’s notions of crisp lemon in there lightly cutting through the bready malt. Hops provide a tannin-like bitterness. Finishes bright and semi-dry.
M - Nice doughy texture, heavy side of medium, super soft carbonation, very nice texture.
This is an all around well crafted beer. It has a rich doughy character with a bright fruity side as well. I would enjoy this anytime of the year.
Serving type: bottle
czar (4924) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours hazy golden orange with a small off-white head, little retention. fruity caramel, pepper, spices, grass, hint of biscuity malts, but mostly plain lightly toasted malts, tobacco, juniper berries, pears - perfume-like, oranges. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, grassy-peppery with a short citrus bite finish. ok.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Orange confit and French toast allusions offer up a sweetish breakfast flavor profile, while biscuity undertones and earthy hops get together in the finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam settles atop the misty orange.
-The mouthfeel is more carbonated than the average British brew (naturally carbonated, I mean).
-The overt yeastiness gets in the way of the malt and hop profile.
-This may be flavorful, but I am disappointed considering the high ratings for this one. If you like this, you have to go out to England since there are tons of brews with a similar flavor profile which are tighter and brighter.
Johnsense (898) - - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour with a finger of head. Aroma of bread, lemon, caramel. Taste of lemon, grapefruit, bread, toffee, fairly sweet, good malt backbone. Medium body, average carbonation. nice sessioner that I would never have guessed was 6.8%