jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice tasting ESB with a little more hop kick than usual. As usual strong flavors are present with any fff beer as well as a smooth and heavy mouthfeel.
ads135 (4011) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2016
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A really good ESB. More hops than I typically like in an ESB, but the pineyness is pretty appealing. Nice, caramel backbone. Picked up in Chicago in 2016.
markducommun (837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish mahogany, white head. Light brown sugar, grain. Some light biscuity notes. Grass. Quite bitter, a good bit of sweetness. Medium body, some light oiliness, an amount of acidity, some carbonation. Some alcohol. Quite good.
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JohnnyJ (5334) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, with an off white head. Grain, caramel, malty, kind of bitter, stale bread, sweetness, and some grass clippings. Meh ok.
mariuspoenari (1215) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Dark orange pour, hazy, thin tan head. Smells like malt sugars and burnt caramel. The taste is bitter-sweet, with notes of malt sugars, citrus hops, some pine.
ciocanelu (998) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAR 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is floral with caramel malts. Taste follows with caramel, some fruity esters and hops, finishes on the bitter side. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice and easy drinking.
justsayswell (260) - Mission, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brownish amber pour with a soft white head. Nose is salted caramel, raisin, pine/resin hops. Medium mouthfeel. Resinous hop with a sweet and salty malt backdrop. Tasty ESB.
abcfan (891) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely done. Pours golden orange with an off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet malt. Medium bodied, nice English base. Light hop finish.
thepatrickman (693) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sent as part of a surprise box from starcross -- thanks a ton, Clint! This beer tastes a lot like the image on the bottle. Itís got a British base, but taken to an extreme level, just like the mecha-Horatio Nelson on the label. Tons of malt flavor with a lot of clove and fruits, and a good amount of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. A good (just not at all traditional) American ESB.
edgallow (3477) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber with a off white head. Aroma is pine, citrus with some caramel in the background. Taste is caramel, citrus, apricot, and pine.
tillmac62 (660) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BOD 9/24/15. Clear amber pour with a slight garnet cast. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Rather light but nice nose of citrus (orange), a touch of spruce spiciness, tea and grainy biscuit with a bit of caramel.
Light medium body that is smooth with a touch of oiliness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a stronger burst in the finish.
Quite nice flavor profile, but not quite up to snuff compared to the outstanding classic English bitters, such as Fullers (which is world class). Hop flavors present are predominately tea, whilst light citrus floats around a bit. The rich heavily caramel background is a bit out of balance lending the bitterness to not cut and slash in a sharp crisp fashion characteristic of the style. Do a side by side with Fullerís ESB and youíll taste what Iím saying. The middle bitterness is a bit muted for the style and does add apricot flavor, as advertised. The finish is a slow sweet fade. This beer is quite nice and very flavorful. As a pale ale I would score it outstanding, but as an ESB - it misses the mark.