jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark amber. Light aroma for an ESB; not much bitter either. It was OK, but not great.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Matt at 3R6P. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy orange-amber color with a small tan head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma was tart and bitter fruity hops. The flavor was crisp bitter fruity and floral hops with light notes of caramel and nut underneath. The finish was medium length with caramel and floral hops lingering. Medium body. Drinks better than the sum of it’s parts.
empirestout (13) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper color, slightly hazy. Floral hops evident in the aroma. Good head retention with beautiful lacing along the walls of the glass. Medium bodied with a complex but not overpowering bitterness. Just enough malt character to balance the plentiful hops. It resembles an IPA, but much less aggressive. More like an "American Style ESB", less British. Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.
propsync (27) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darker amber in color, slight floral smell. Sediment. I can’t figure out what it wants to be. On one hand it has the hop taste of an IPA and finishes like a brown ale. Eh.
Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This Extra Special Bitter is an unfiltered copper color. The flavor is balanced well with a light malty flavor and finished with a bitter hops.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown copper pour with a thin offwhite head. aroma is nice mild malt character, some hoppiness, mostly bitter but grassy notes linger as well. Flavor is light, mild maltiness with a bit of cracker and some bitter herbal on the finish. Not bad but a little over hopped for my liking. Very drinkable though.
puboflyons (2497) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours a rather hazy orange-copper with a thick, foamy beige head. The aroma exhibits a malty sweetness and a rich floral hoppiness. The taste tends to be too hoppy for my preference in an ESB. Sure, I like hops but this is borderline IPA. The body is oily and creamy.
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle-pours a rich to rocky off white head and copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary earthy/citrus hops. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary earthy/herbal hops, leaning towards licorice.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little on the bitter side. Has some caramel malts and some wet dog cardboard taste too.
ben4321 (4690) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 2008 Beer of the Month Club
Amber color and kind of sweet caramel flavor. Not exactly what you expect from an ESB, but tasty, not particularly bitter.