brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter? Not at all what I was expecting, it is more like an old ale or stock ale. Very malty, with an understated bitterness that only shows up towards the end of the glass. I will try this one again (and will ignore the ESB on the label).
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour was a cloudy deep reddish brown with a 1.5-finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was toffee with a hint of holiday fruitcake. The flavor was toasty, nutty and a good dose of caramel malts. Slight hints of figs and ripe cherries just before the hops become noticeable. Herbal, resiny hops, but not a lot of bitterness. Overall, fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is medium, as well.
rondphoto (1537) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy dark ruby amber with a persistent light head and streaks of lace. Malt and strong dark fruit (almost cough syrup); light bittering, no solid trace of hops. Somewhat heavy and filling. Overal good for a change.
MadIndian (2305) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gift from SJ. I liked this brew. A nice blend of roast, fruit and caramel malt.
A mild hint of sugar, toffee in the dry finish. Well done.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is malts, fruit and slightly funky. The flavor is malts, a mixture of several fruits, raspberry, grape, apple, etc. This was more complex, a bit all over the place compared to other ESBs; it was decent as a whole didn’t seem to have a cohesive flavor, with some of the flavors kind of colliding and not balancing each other.
Velkyal (275) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a gorgeous mahogany, topped with a fluffy white head which leaves beautiful lacing down the glass. The aroma is rich fruit, like whisky soaked currants waiting to be folded into christmas pudding. Taste is loads of toffee, cut through with a sharp bitterness with leaves a long dry finish that simply delights. Medium to full body, well integrated alcohol. Lovely beer.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled. pours a murky brown with a medium head. it smells of chocolate and caramel. it has medium sweetness, with very little hoppy bitterness. overall a very well balanced beer with good flavor and finish.
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brown pour with white head and lace. Aroma of dried fruit and caramel malt dominate. Semi sweet caramel malt and just a hint of abv. Medium bodied but just a tad fizzy. Very decent beer.
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clouded body the color of fine, aged leather. Modest-sized head of large, dissipating suds.
Smell: Cut hardwood planks layered with sweet-scented caramel and toffee and a good whiff of holidaytime fruitcake splashed here and there with bottled bitters.
Taste: Lightly toasty, nutty, even woody maltiness with a big boost of candyish toffee sweetness. Noted fruity esters tasting of figs and tart cherries. Herbaceous, resiny hops with more than enough bitterness to ride out until the dry, mineral-hinted, earthy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation.
Drinkability: A good, decent Welsh ESB and a pleasant early-evening brew, though there are a few others I’d sooner reach out my grubby hands for.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really enjoyed this atypical ESB. Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber with light tan head. Nose has black tea aromas with a suggestion of grape. On the palate the black tea comes through with malty sweetness, some off-grape fruity flavors, and toffee. Finish is sweet. Easy drinking. Wish it was more affordable for regular drinking.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cloudy amber with a nice foamy tan head. You can smell the fruit when you take a whiff of this one, smells like cherries/plums. A nice medium to full bodied beer that balances it malts and hops well. Tastes like caramel and toffee with a slight kick of alcohol at the finish. Very good.