nuplastikk (5759) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Silver Creek. Brown-black, thick steady beige head. Smooth amber chocolate aroma. Medium bodied, mellow chocolate malty taste. Mild bitterness, well balanced. Rather true to style. albeit a little more chocolaty, sort of like a true mild meets a US ESB. A pretty solid, sessionable offering.
rubbishystuff (2300) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2016 This worked rather well. Smooth and slightly hoppy. Starts rich ends rather drinkable. Serving: Tap
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. The beer pours to a black body with a super creamy dense looking tan head. Like it was a Boddington’s pour or Guinness. I was skeptical about a black ESB because I don’t so much care for most Black IPAs. BUT, this worked really well. Smooth roasty malts countered by the traditional ESB flavors. Lots of English hops and a creamy mouthfeel. The body was light and refreshing and the carbonation significant enough to add to the experience. I liked this one a lot.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Silver Creek brewpub. Black with mahogany lowlights and a thin tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, mild chocolate, dark malts and light fruit. Taste is pretty mild with dark malts, light chocolate and light fruit. A touch over carbonated with a light off-finish. Not bad, just very mild and not very ESBish.
arkurzynski (2220) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery for Milwaukee Beer Week. Very deep black, opaque. Roasted malts and light fruit. Flavor is subtle roasted malts and finishes with a light hoppiness and fruit esters. Very smooth and fairly light on the palate despite the appearance. Very slight residual roast.