FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
660ml bottle (Birofilia2014, Zywiec)
Sweet nuttiness and rich malts, caramel. Rich orange, small head. Sweet malty taste, some husks, some nuts, toffee in the finish. Old walnuts, some dusty dryness.
Marduk (2742) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. Clear dark amber color. Tiny to almost no head. Sweet, malts, caramel in aroma. Malty, grassy, hops, mineral in taste. Thin palate. Grainy, dusty aftertaste.
nakedwhendrunk (2145) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am reviewing this from notes recently found from a time I spent in Michigan.
I had bought a bottle and this was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy orange to brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head. The lacing tries to speckle itself around the glass, but ends up sliding for the most part.
The smell is quite earthy and rustic in an English sort of sense and leading into a nice maltiness reminiscent of a nice Autumn day.
The taste is an earthy malty Autumn-spice-like (ginger, maybe some pumpkin spices).
On the palate, it sat light to medium with a nice sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation is good for the ESB style and for me as its somewhat smooth but not too smooth and ends up having a decent creaminess running about my mouth and tongue.
Overall, good ESB coming from an American Brewer. Way to go, Short’s! This makes me wanna retire in Michigan.
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle to pint glass. The pour is a dark orange, perhaps a little copper, but dark, with a light tan head that fades down to a ring, leaving some decent lacing. The aroma is big on bitter in the front. It then fades through a little bit of a sweet caramel malt and touches on a vanilla note before the maltiness takes back over. The flavor is initially a bit bitter, with a good solid maltiness, but that's it. There isn't much else here, which is a little disappointing. The mouth feel is really thin and watery. There isn't much carbonation at all, and the aftertaste is a little bitter, but vanishes quickly
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superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pear, apple, grape, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. Good balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Aroma has a great balance of classic nutty, cereal, bread malts and subtle hops. Very well done. Medium dark amber hue with an off-white head that left great lace. Sweet flavor. Palate is medium-bodied.
AdamJackson (2626) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bronze orange. Quite a huge bitterness on the nose almost resinous. whoa. Lots of spice that almost resembles a mix in rye and pumpernickel bread. Very hard to drink a lot of this one.
DrSilverworm (6416) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Clear red orange color. Thin off-white head. Fades to minimal. Only a couple loose bits of lace, not much sticks. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, very light, sort of crisp carbonation. Some tropical fruity hop, light peppery. Toasty malt, light caramel. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Solid ESB.
Rasmus40 (11217) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Hazy dark orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - citrus and oranges. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 031213
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a caramel color with very little head. Has a very citrusy, floral aroma. Has a very bitter but hoppy flavor, but finishes kind of flat with a dark chocolate, nutty flavor. ok but not great.