jgb9348 (5609) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep rich muddy ruby tinted body with a copper glow and a thick, soapy deep tan head that exploded out of the can, but died shortly afterwards - odd. Aroma of fresh hops, alcohol, malt, caramel and then more grapefruity hops. Medium to Full-bodied; Assertive grapefruit and piney hops with a touch of earthy and caramel malt with a lot of alcohol and a touch of sweetness at the end. Aftertaste shows a vague bit of spices, a little malt, a ton of alcohol and the nice bittering hoppiness that people (including myself) enjoy so much. Overall, a nice and flavourful, potent, complex and refreshing beer - all in a can, as a rarer style! I sampled this 500 mL can purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia on 27-March-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 29-September-2011.
obguthr (5581) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can: Peppery hay nose with toffee undertones. Clear copper, medium yellow head, good lacing. Flavor is heavily dominated by tea, but clover honey is also prominent. Grain notes are occasionally detected. Lilly and marigold finish. Alcohol not noticeable. Traditional and authentic British aromas and flavors. Carbonation and strength is more of the American flavor. Quite an interesting interpretation of an ESB
Skyview (5542) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled via 16-oz can during GTMW 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear amber colored brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a white ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, some light grapefruit zest, a hint of chocolate and some sharp spice. Taste is medium bodied, some dry multi-grain malt, grassy and citrus hops and a touch of lemon. Finish is semi-dry, grassy hop finish with a lingering bitterness.
RobertDale (5328) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at KC Beerfest 10-22. Comes clear amber with a nice white head. Aroma of malt, citrus and hops. Taste is floral hops, sweet malt and caramel. Decent bitterness.
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2011 New rating, about the same even though the can sat around a while. There were a few chunks, but nothing bothersome. Medium copper colored body with a very light khaki head. The nose is caramel with some notes of bread and peanuts. There is also some black tea. The taste is largely black tea and toffee. The finish is raw potato skins.
cheap (5254) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2011
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
From a quarter pound can, heheh. First off, this is not yer typical, mild, enjoyable ESB. Somewhat revolting tripel esb aroma. Cloudy brownish lighter look. Expensive, may I add at $3. Big malty alky blasty thingy yippeee. Nssty blastic all across the nation ripping across my taste buds. Forgot about the CO2 because of the overly giant alky trippel ESB impact. Probably should not be in this style; Iíll say the style is strong english ale. Building astringent sides and back of the tongue. Mouth coating slam that only a real beer drinker could appreciate. Finish is same. I think Iím getting a little dizzy from this can. Yes, a real MANZ beer. Sickning cloying bitter nasty mess, on style for a trippel bitter.
JStax (5044) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a footed pilsner glass. Appearance is a dark hazy copper with a thick, velvety head of khaki foam. Aroma is a musty pine with a sweet grapefruit wafting in toward the end of the whiff. Slight malty backbone in there too. Taste is lightly bitter. The malt really dominates in this beer. It is super hoppy for an ESB, but this beer wouldnít necessarily overpower anybody. Smooth, creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Light carbonation on the tongue. This is a good beer.
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, dark tea brown-read with a light bone-colored head. Mild, slighty off AIPA aroma. Balanced. Woody, citrus, lightly sweet, fairly bitter, grapefurit and citrus pith. Medium to medium heavy body. Well done. On tap, Flying Saucer, KC.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this in Blind BIF 5. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours a bright copper color with a bit of a reddish hue. Big white head with some spotty lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose is not good. Really light with a bit of grain. A bit grainy. Smells kind of like an old IPA. Grain tannin. The flavor has loads of grain and a good amount of grain husk. By good, I mean a lot, not that its a little less than great. Astringent. Hard to guess on this right now. Itís tasting more like a bad IPA. Bitterness in the finish with a dry finish. No hop flavor thought. Not a fan. Perhaps a kill shot.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-14-2011
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz. Can (via Trade from my man phaleslu. THANKS Peter!): Aroma of malt, hops, slight caramel, Earth, and some grain. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a perfect, large, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished a bit but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny, and a few small, particles throughout. Really a beautiful, perfect head. Excellent lacing. Flavor is is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, light caramel, slight pine, Earth, and light resin. Medium body. Sightly tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, light pine, Earth, light resin, slight grain finish is medium sweet, light to medium bitter, and lightly dry. 7.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.