MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Deep amber color. Nutty-roasty aroma. Flavor is of rich malts with coffee-roast notes. Hops are balanced. Not overly exciting, but a decent session brew.
TimE (2941) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogny. Toffee, strawberries in the nose. Smooth mouth. Very malty. Light toffeeish finish. Nice.
dynamiteninja (1332) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma is raisin, metal, nuts, banana, alcohol and barley. Very malty, some piney undertones going on there. Nice finger width off-white which quickly dissipates. Rich deep dark mahogany brown colour. Taste is medium bitterness with light-medium sweet undertones. Soft carbonation, medium bodied beer. Dry and bitter finish. Very Lancastrian. A little boring though, as seems to be the case with all beers from the Thwaites stable.
AR (982) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nutty aroma in a dark amber beer. The flavor is a syrupy caramel. Not much bitterness for an ESB. Short-lived aftertaste.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Deep ruby colour. Quite nutty and slightly smoky. Also some berry fruit and a little caramel in the flavour. Dry, malty finish. Not bad (for a Thwaites bottle).
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Raisin and toffee aroma. Ruby colour, beige head, good lace. Sweet, light bitter, fruity, hint of licorice, hint of toffee. Easy going and soft.
Odyn (265) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nutty aroma with some malty sweetness. Dark red to brown color. Rich taste that is a bit on the sweet side but not horribly so. Probably better with some food, something hearty like a beef stew?
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Bottle at Chris O’s 04/08/2009
Some fruit aroma. Amber coloured and fruity with a crisp and dry nutty malt finish.
OzarkElmo (282) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark chesnut, nearly black with light creamy head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of dark caramel, nuts, coffee and roasted malts. Not much evidence of smoke on the nose or in flavor, thank you for that! Slightly sweet taste with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Very smooth, very nice body to this brown ale beer. Not sure why it is considered an ESB. Enjoyable because it is so well balanced - not too heavy towards anything. Cheers!
Marko (3743) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Geoffrey’s of London, Antibes, shared with heavy
Poured a dark red-brown body with a creamy cappuccino head. Nice caramel/cocoa nose, bit nutty and dry. Slightly thin taste, cocoa dissolved in water, some acidity in the background, caramel. Sweetish. Ugh, the notes are unclear. All in all, I liked it and I don’t get how this isn’t a brown ale.