MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, - 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.
c_lee_burton (46) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent ESB with bitterness and smooth malts. Has some bready and currant flavors that finishes bitter without lingering. Very good and warming.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very good winter offering. I hesitate to use their winter to describe though. It was a good esb with more of a malt profile but much else.
chinchill (1711) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle filled 11-15-2013.
Pours lightly hazed, medium amber with a fine, durable creamy beige head.
Aroma of baked bread, light spices and fruity hops.
Flavor: conservatively spiced, the fruity citrus character seems to be the more unusual feature in this ESB.
O: This winter ESB Schlafly Winter ESB is lighter than your average Winter Warmer, providing another good choice for the holidays. If found it to be enjoyable on a hot Spring day as well.
rangerred (897) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy dark orange with quite a bit of sediment from the bottle making it into the glass. The saving grace is the thick, rocky head. Excellent retention and lacing.
Aroma is extremely fruity. Lots of orange with some grape and cherry as well. Maybe just a touch of biscuit but it is faint behind the fruit.
The taste has even more fruit. I know pretty much every Schlafly beer has this fruit note from what I assume to be the yeast but this is just a little overdone. Heavy dose of orange and cherry along the same lines as what is in the aroma. Lots of malt in the way of caramel and biscuit but it lends a bit too much sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite sweet and sticky.
Overall, this one just doesn’t do it for me. Too much fruit and overly sticky make this a bit of a mess. Drinkability is very limited and it just doesn’t seem that well put together. I’ll pass next time.
DBob5150 (192) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A thick, hazy almost grainy orange body with a thin white head. Aroma is subtle citrus with spice and slight soap. First sip was bitter and unimpressive, but improved. Weak flavor with a soapy aftertaste. Not impressed.
franchise319 (15) - - JAN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour, hazy copper color with minimal white head. Lots of sediment suspended throughout the glass. Subtle, roasty aroma with very well balanced hop and malt notes, not a beer that I would ever turn down.
queenholly (2861) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Caramel malt, spicy rye, and light piney orange hops aroma. Hazy amber with a large ivory head, suspended flocculation. Bready malt, rye, and herbal hops flavor. Medium body and carbonation.
Boutip (4654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt is dominant and somewhat lacking in character. Taste is also dominated by non-descript dry caramel malt notes with very else in terms of reportable characteristics. Body is about average with good carbonation. I was expecting a bit more sweetness to fit the winter theme but this ends up being a bland offering.
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body under a small fizzy off-white head that had pretty decent retention. The nose is pretty decent, rather hoppy for an ESB, some nice spicy rye, and some toasty malt. The flavor is pretty weird though, considering the style. There’s a lot of crystal malt sugariness to it that really dominates the flavor. Finishes with a touch of that rye spiciness you get in the nose, as well as just a touch of bitterness. The flavor is just too sweet and the toasty and dry malt I want in an ESB just isn’t there. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and some lingering crystal malt sweetness. Meh, think I’d recommend passing on this offering from Schlafly.
DCLawyer (1395) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft->nonic at District Pi. Murky amber with solid offwhite head. Bread and malt with some grains and lite earthy hops. Mildly bitter. Not really an ESB, but pretty good anyway.