tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Huge hiss when popping the cap, no gushing, though. Pours a chestnut brown color with a fucken obnoxiously huge ecru head that takes about six years to whittle down to a drinkable level. Aroma of herbal & peppery hops, wood chips, pipe tobacco, burnt toast, ash, a hint of tart prune. Heavily herbal, woodsy, & earthy flavor with that strong leafy tobacco note flowing throughout. This tastes like I would imagine a cigar humidifier would taste if it was an edible thing. But it’s not. For a reason. Dirty finish, bitter & borderline abrasive with a heavy hand of burnt toast & scorches nuts alongside the charred tobacco. Not completely awful, but definitely weird as fuck.
bpar73 (754) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Suds on the Shore. Amber pour with a white head. Caramel and sweet malt in the aroma and taste. Ok brew, a good deal better than the mega brew crap, for sure.
Frank (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’d probably call this an American amber as much as a bitter but, whatever, close enough. It pours a slightly cloudy brownish amber. It’s head is rocky and of mixed bubbles and a bit of lace sticks to the side of the glass. It smells like malt syrup with a touch of sourdough yeastiness. This is rather sweet w/ an exaggerated maltiness--lots of raisin specifically. It mildly carbonated and rather thick on the palate, which makes it just a touch heavy. Finish is quick w/o much bitterness which makes it come off just a bit watery in the end. There is no date anywhere on this bottle but I suspect it might be a little long in the tooth--though I did buy it in the summer and it is a summer seasonal. Then again, they might just have oxidation problems in the packaging process. Either way, this is OK in the bottle but might be better at the brewery.
rumproasts (4234) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. Amber with small head. If you gave me ten guesses as to what this was, ESB would not have been one of my guesses. There’s some malt and hops, but it doesn’t come together in any cohesive way.
njager246 (645) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Went down the line at the brewery and came across another below average beer... sweet malty... All there beers have an odd after taste and are a little thin
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity aroma. White head. Malt, not too bitter. Too fruity. Fruit punch beer.
bigbish (615) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
An ok ESB. Easy drinking, not too bitter with a touch of malty sweetness. A decent beer.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a white head. Caramel with some lighter fruitiness.
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
More of an English malty beer with some hops, not up to the nice bitterness of an ESB. Light red coloured. Good drinkability.
wmubronco1992 (670) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up at the brewpub. Pours a dark amber. Small white head. Grainy aroma. Flavor of caramel and bitter. Mouth feel is a nicely balanced bitter. Very solid offering, much better then expected.