YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
It always makes me feel badly when friends try so hard to find beer I haven’t sampled and then the beer turns out to be bad. This was one. This cloudy copper brew with its thick white head had some nice notes of malt and hops in the nose but was mainly marred by a note of sour, astringency that carried over to the taste. Acidic and unpleasant.
JoeMcPhee (7673) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650 ml bomber. Nice amber colour under a thick tight white head. Aroma is quite fruity and malty. Dark plum and black cherry fruits mix with sweet toasted malts and a whiff of alcohol. Flavour shows a bit of toffee, brown sugar, and maybe a touch of diacetyl in the mouth. Not really all that hoppy or bitter, but still drinkable.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JAN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light bronze with a slight haze. Bready, crackerlike aroma. The flavour is quite toasty malt character with woody, cheesy (ossau-iraty) notes. Not really an ESB due to lack of hops but a pretty tasty beer, like an English strong with a minerally finish. (Also, should be noted this is quite a bit different from the last time we saw this one in bottles, back in the late ’90s)
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma is floral hops but no real malts. Flavour is hoppy with some hops and grain. Bitterness as it ends. A respectable ESB.
Lubiere (8335) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Another spoilt beauty. Hazy golden ale with a thick white head. Sour diacetyl aroma. In mouth, the light lactic acid with the butterscotch makes this unpleasant, lemony. Light hops notes.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from a trade with presario - Thanks Trevor! - Pours amber with a short white head that fades quick but laces. Aroma is of light malts and some floral hops. Flavor is grainy, a bit of bread and some brief hops on the finish. Palate is medium bodied and quite drinkable. Nothing great about this beer but it is drinkable and a little better than average.
TipsyMcStager (1114) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
fruity malt aroma, maybe some candy aromas as well. Pours a nice copper brown, nice tannish head that sticks around. Mid-range body. Hoppy, satisfying finish. Hoppier than most Canadian IPAs. A satisfying session-type ale and quite drinkable.
pootzboy (1484) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased a 650ml bomber from Willow park. The pour revealed a amber-orange ale with a great sticky, long lasting cap. Floral-fruity aroma; sweet malts and a twang of citrus in the nose. Medium bodied, mellow...huge malts and lovely citrus-pine hops...moderately mild bitterness in the finish...a very malty and nicely hopped ESB....very drinkable...one of the best domestics of the variety I have tasted.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Amber to copper colour. Long lasting carved head. Not much for an aroma, light malt. Strong malt body with hops that build through the glass, getting stronger with each drink. Enjoyable.
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light amber with fine head. Aroma of pears and caramel followed by malty caramel flavour which itself is chased by a good dose of hops. This one has a neat dualism between hops and caramel sweetness.