DuffMan (8941) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Attractive deep russet orange, not hazy at all despite the bottle-conditioned designation. Aroma is fragrant toffee that leans toward burnt sugar, with some woody and citrus pith accents. Palate is sweet toffee with toasty undertones, orange rind bitterness and flavor, with a dry woody bitterness in the finish. The two keys to success for this ESB is the balance and the robust mouthfeel and body. In the end it delivers more than the sum of its parts.
gramity (1586) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a short lived off-white head. Fruity, floral aroma, some grapefruit and peach. Sweet with little bitterness.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells very sweet, almost of fruit. Not really any head. Particulates in it, quite red. A bit tart, sweet, I usually donít like ESBís at all, but this one isnít too bad.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper colour and a thin head. low retention. Nice aroma sweet and malty with strong hop notes. Nice flavour well balanced. The hop profile is interesting it starts out like any other ESB, very brittish and then there is another sharp hop bite late in the palate. Very unique.
ManVsBeer (7835) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2015 Bottle from Booths. Drab but drinkable affair from Cornwall. Dry in the palate with little taste.
shoulderbroken (3452) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Watrose. Orange/brown colour with medium beige head which fades quite quickly. Aroma is fruity, apples, and a bit of toffee. Quite dough yeasty too. Little bit of spice. Taste is satisfyingly fruity with just a touch of bitterness. Quite biscuity. Light carbonation and feels nice in the mouth. Looks a bit thin, but isnít like that palate-wise. Medium bodied. Quite a long caramelly finish. Very nice.
fjw1972 (12) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I drink this mainly from the bottle and itís no wonder it regularly wins champion bottled beer at the GBBF. Bottle conditioned, it pours well and looks superb in a glass. Creamy head, good head retention overall. Most immediate flavours are of a soft hop and caramel flavour balanced by a deep biscuity maltiness. Really nice beer.
pintbypint (3269) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml brown bottle. Deep orange gold colour, surprisingly clear for a bottle conditioned brew, small creamy off white cap with very tight bubbles. Spase lacing. Toasted malt nose, some toffee and grain as well, some brown sugar and maybe even maple sweetness. Light orangey hop note as well. Flavour has big malts, toffee, toasted barley, some light fruitiness, toast. Finishes with a hint of orangey hops, long malty aftertaste. Soft body, smooth and relaxed mouthfeel, natural feeling carbonation. Very satisying pint of ale, would sink a few more of these if I had them.
Borup (10295) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at KÝge ōldage. Dark amber colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, yeast, dried fruit and hops.
SheffieldSteel (117) - St Nikolai im Sausal, AUSTRIA - SEP 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Aromas of orange peel and a strong hoppy smell. Appearance, dark gold/bronze- good, with a decent head. Taste, sweeter than expected with a slight hint of apricot, but generally bitter aftertaste, not unpleasant.
A good all-round strong bitter, would like to drink this on cask in the future.