johnnnniee (1947) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Comes to the table a hazy medium golden brown color with a small white head that leaves lots of lace. Nice sweet caramel and toffee and brown bread with light earthy hop aroma. Rich malty dark sugar and brown bread with a solid shot of earthy hop and hints of light fruit. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This was the highlight of the night for me and from a style I usually don’t gravitate towards.
LilBeerDoctor (3296) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark amber brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, sweet malt. Flavor of toffee, caramel, sweet nutty malt, and bready, crackery malts in the finish. Interesting esb, there is a slight off-ness in the cross between the sweet toffee and crackery malt, but overall it is drinkable and fairly good.
jkwood04 (3225) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours brownish copper. Aroma of a lot of toffee, grains, and caramel from the malts plus light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty good beer for the style.
Braudog (5455) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at the brewpub. Hazy, opaque rust-colored beer with a nice creamy head. Marshy and grainy to a fault. Bit of an almost sour finish. Giggles come thru as dirty spice. (#4904, 1/15/2013)
Reynolds314 (2007) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ive had a lot of great ESBs lately and this is no exception. Really tasty malt backbone accents really well with fruity hops that balance this very drinkable 6.7% beer. Loved it.
Ernesto987 (3227) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent malt bill. Very toasty biscuit like traditional style malts. Hops show in the finish, a lingering bittering. Very nice esb.
DiarmaidBHK (3126) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden with a large white head that doesn’t dissipate and leaves a lot of lacing. There’s a sweetness on the nose. The taste has this malty caramel thing going on. Finishes a little too smooth for my tastes but it was fantastic before that.
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub in Granby, CT. Pours a caramel color with minimal off-white head. Aroma of malt and sugar. Front palate of caramel and toffee with a creamy middle and smooth finish.
dogfish120love (857) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid ESB slightly bitter somewhat citrusy. Malty with a slight hoppy finish
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a thin white ring of bubbles and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-slight caramel/some chocolate, nutty, secondary earthy hops. Taste is malt-caramel/some chocolate/toffee, nutty, secondary earthy/citrus/metallic hops.