Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Actually cloudy amber with a very effervescent character, foaming over. Earthy caramelly, a mellow hop note, and overall a respectable, if inchoate, bitter.
ShaneJ (820) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Cellar Door (October 2013). Dark amber-brown, small off-white head quickly fades, strong caramel malt, earthy noble hops, mild bitterness, slightly metallic, some residual sweetness. Ok but not great.
Bif (2007) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle- Pours a deep amber color with a small tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, mild caramel sweetness with just a hint of coffee. Taste of roasted malt, bit caramel sweetness with a bit of nut. Has a bit of a malty bitterness and a slight aftertaste. Medium body, smooth with an interesting balance. Nice beer for the style. Worth checking out.
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 330ml. Nice balanced beer. Aromas of cola, citrus, and hints of caramel. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a head that disappears.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy deep golden copper colour. Decent ricky white coloured head. Falls away pretty quick with minimal lacing. Some earthy / resiny hop aromas and plenty of caramel. Not too bad. Flavours are much the same though they did evolve as the beer warmed. Rich sweet nutty toffee up front balanced by some resiny hop bitterness on the end. not too bad
mkel07 (5098) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Ruby brown colour with a light tan head that develops right at the end of the pour and then quickly vanishes to leave a foam edge around the glass. Biscuity malt aromas are pleasing on the nose. Nice nutty flavours with a good smooth mouthfeel. Another good beer from Sweetwater that is very easy to drink.
Jade (433) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, golden honey colour with a thin head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Light, almost tropical flavour. Leaves little after taste but is very refreshing. Thumbs up, I like it.
hawthorne00 (3460) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours amber with a ridiculously huge beige head. Ended up pouring out of pint glass into a monster tulip and letting it sit for a while, which tamed the carbonation a bit. Smells of toasty caramel and lots of grass and resin. Taste is quite bitter backed by firm caramel and toasted malts. Not very English at all, but I suppose it fits as an ESB. Odd, but pretty harmonious.
Stew41 (1909) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit tough to evaluate as it opened up over the course of 30 minutes like a young red wine. Quite austere early but I thought this was quite attractive (lean, low malt impact, herbal hops) but it did loosen up and some caramel malts came through. Problem is the malts are a little muddled and the beer feel apart at the sides somewhat. Still, very solid and there’s no no doubt that this is a decent stab at the ESB style.
Davros (2746) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours toffee/amber with a very large head.
Aroma shows resiny, grassy and earthy hops - good English notes. Malt show some caramel, but not incredibly impressive.
Flavours include more caramel and toasty notes, with some grassy hops, before a somewhat-unpleasant sharp bitterness shows.
Pretty high carbonation for a bitter.