jbruner (2940) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a great dark brown both on tap and out of the bottle. Medium amount of head and some nice lacing present on the glass. The blend of hops and malts is very good considering the amount used (5 and 7 respectively). A very good beer and one of the best ESBs I have ever tried. Well done Sweetwater, and congrats on 15 years.
DialSquare (3400) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Liquor Loft. Brown pour with a thin off-white and slight lacing. Brown sugar and malt aroma. Taste is caramel, toasted malts, earthy, dark fruits and peppery spice. Astringent, woody, biscuity. Dry and piney in the finish. Ok.
decaturstevo (5458) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is light brown sugar, caramel malt, and a light resin. Flavor mirrors aroma with a good resiny bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
bhensonb (12459) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours dark copper with a frothy beige head. Sort of mixed funky fruit/floral aroma. Not earthy - just funky. Full bodied. Flavor is light pitted yellow fruits, heather, earth, dark pitted fruits (this stuff keeps moving around, flavorwise). It’s a bit leathery. Definitely, tho subtly floral. Smooth roasted malt - not at all harsh. Heat is hardly noticeable. The bitter keeps fighting off the malt. It is "fresh". It is old. Brilliant ale. Really. Our cousins over the pond might die consuming this, but they’d likely die happy.
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance: Pours out a darkish, amber-tan body with a medium-small, ivory-hued head.
Smell: Lightly bready though fairly sweet-scented malts with a loose candyish quality, a noted booziness, hint of leafy green veg, and scantly tart fruits. Gee.
Taste: Bready malts hit by a blast of cutting unrefined sweetness lightly hinting toffee and light-colored brown sugar, but mainly just sugary. Growing vegetal accent of grandmother’s famous braised kale and a quick-warming alcohol presence. Soiled, lightly tart apricot and lightly pithy citrus accents. Medium-high bitterness. Squashed-together, muddled flavors on the bitterish, heated, frown-inducing finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I’m flabbergasted, Sweetwater. This isn’t what I was expecting or wanted at all. Happy Anniversary??
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Poured a deep amber (almost brown) with a creamy tan head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Aroma of sweet malts with a backing of citrus malts. The flavor found dark fruits with a light backing of spice and citrus. Medium to full body and a sweet malt and spice aftertaste.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy deep gold with a tall, sticky, long lasting off-white head.
Mild malt aroma.
The flavor is sweet with very little hop presence here.
Too me this is too young and needs a few months in the cellar.
Errl (2115) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG- Nose is Matls, sugar, spice..Taste is Vanilla, Malts, bold hops, spice, bitterness, cream..Palate is heavy and malty..
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Man, surprised to see so many high ratings for this one. Pretty clear copper pour with little carbonation and an oily consistency to it. Nose of pure candied malts and booze. Slick mouthfeel, hot palate. I found it a mess of a beer, just way too sweet and sharp, with almost no detectable personality beyond its negative traits. I actually found myself craving face-throttlingly excessive hops, as that at least would have livened the beer up a bit. Turgid with sugar.
Cybercat (4033) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is not particularly strong, but does invite with its firm maltiness and fruity note of apple and pear, along with a hint of caramel. It comes out of the bottle a clear, dark coppery amber with a respectable light golden-tan head. Mouth-filling flavor is more than what the aroma promises: a malty and fruity core, notes of apple and pear, hints of caramel and wood, and a firm alcohol bite that lets you know this is indeed a strong ale. Smooth, firm texture has minimal fizz, and leaves a woody, slightly tinny finish. Though not Sweetwater’s best, this is still a worthy brew.