Ratman197 (8471) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Thirsty Bear poured a clear dark amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, earthiness,toffee and carmel with a smooth lightly bitter finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Orange in color with an off-white head. Good head, but no aroma. Nice malty and hoppy balance to the flavor. Great money forms on the head. Super thick lacing. Strong up-front sweetness of berries. Seems to have a quick finish for such a heavy beer.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a nicely broken head. Earthy hops, bread crust malts in the nose. Fairly sweet with light diacetyl in the background. Only hints of at the hops. The body is a bit syrupy. A few days young perhaps?
omhper (18324) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Clear amber, creamy head. Hay-like hop aroma. Thereís plenty of sweet malt up front. The mouthfeel is pleasantly rounded. Flavourwise itís dominated by cookie malt, before a grassy finish with good bitterness sets in. A solid ESB.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap (nitro) at the brewpub. Dark brown, faint sweet malt aroma (nitro hurts it here). Thick nitro tan head. Decent malt taste, hops not present at all except at the end as they linger. Bland city, put this on cask not nitro and letís see how the beer tastes.
kwoeltje (2151) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitrogen conditioned. Deep amber with nitro bubbles. Nice off-white head. Malt aroma. Biscuity flavor with enough hops to balance.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(nitro) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, fresh baked bread, light peach. Taste is medium sweet, caramel/toffee, light citrus. Watery light body.
PorterPounder (4940) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in downtown San Francisco. Nice, active nitro pour - which I love - dark golden in color, good, thick lacing. Excellent, subtle bitterness in the flavor with some citrus notes and a bit of maple syrup. Good session material. Thick creamy mouthfeel. One of my choices for a pint from the sampler
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
02.18.05 Lightly malty nose pervades from beneath a thick froth. Lightly floral. Light and soft body. Light fruits and a mite of apricot. Light. But solid.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber color. Medium to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are fruity and sweet. Slightly bitter hops. This is more of a mild or a bitter than an ESB. Nice smooth taste, Sweet finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.