Bricks (556) - Delaware, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells of IPA - Appearance of macro swilsner. The taste of rye is overwhelmingly in this one. Itís distinctive, but not my favorite. Iíd drink it though.
rangerred (861) - 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 doesnít do it for me. Too much fruit and overly sticky make this a bit of a mess. Drinkability is very limited and it just doesnít seem that well put together. Iíll pass next time.
DBob5150 (175) - 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 (2611) - 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 (4490) - 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 (4686) - 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. Thereís 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 isnít there. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and some lingering crystal malt sweetness. Meh, think Iíd recommend passing on this offering from Schlafly.
DCLawyer (1312) - 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.
EtTuCthulhu (897) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The appearance of this beer combines a few intriguing elements: a cloudy orange color, a large off-white head, and fine-grain sediment. The aroma is reminiscent of caramel and bread malts fused with a hint of fruit, and the taste is an interesting blend of a mild sweetness and a slight sourness, leading to a nicely balanced beer. The palate mixes a soft carbonation, medium body, fairly abrupt finish, and a slick texture.
Kcwildcat98 (47) - - DEC 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color after pouring. Taste is smooth, with a balance hop kick up front but not holding on past the taste.
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wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with some chunky yeasty floaters. Nose is immensely malty with evident layers of stone fruits, caramel, and toast. Flavor is again cherries, peaches, malts, toffee and niceness. Yes, I like it. Tasty brew.