dynamiteninja (1115) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
cask at the ralph (jdw), richmond. amber body with a thin white head. spice fruit oak vanilla some choolate malt some roasted malt. bittersweet. bitter finish.
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off cask at wetherspoons. Tasty enough, maybe tastes a bit stronger than it is. Other than that, pleasant.
Martin243 (487) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swift 1/2 at the Tilley Stone Gateshead. Deep red- brown, with a dense off-white head. Roast malt sweetness, with a flavour from 1970ís sweetshop that has been bugging me since last night, so Iím going to say pear drops and rhubarb and custard: just a hint, mind. Lovely silky mouthfeel, and a generous bitter finish. One of the best premium bitters Iíve had in a long while. Hope to try a pint or two.
jmgreenuk (1374) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear golden brown almost copper colour with a thin broken tan head. The aroma was of treacle and very strong. The flavour was bitter with malt and caramel. The palate had some metallic bitterness. A satisfying winter ale. Serve warm!
bhensonb (9093) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours dark copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of mild roast malt with a brisk floral/citrus hop accompaniment. Med body or better. Flavor is fruit, floral and thereís some citrus. Maybe a little earthiness lingering below. Itís quite fresh and tasty. Finishes towards dry, towards bitter, and full of flavor. Yummy stuff.
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in no-nik imperial pint glass: Clean deep golden near amber hue with a lasting frothy head and good spotty lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and herbal hop, dusty pale malts, hint of crystal, very slight butterscotch British Ale yeast ester. The taste is smooth malt versus bittering hop balance. While not overly complex it is an easy drinker and far better than the other offering I had from this brewery. Slight acidic fruitiness from the yeast and some lingering metallic notes. The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a sprite bite, tinny finish. Overall a solid drinker that methinks would be most excellent on handpull.
Leighton (7179) - London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity cask at the Bree Louise. Pours clear, golden-brown with a weak head. Toasty malt nose with some leather and light brown sugar. Mild sweet finish, some dirt, leaves and earth. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Faint ripe fruits in the finish, more dirt and leaves. OK. Itís just pretty average stuff.
gripweed57 (337) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a nice orange, copper color topped by a huge rocky beige head. Toasted malt nose hints at toffee and buttery biscuits. Lightly carbonated, smooth caramel malt flavor with floral hops in the first sip. Nice balance with some peppery hops and complex maltiness in the finish. A good representive example of the English ESB style.
wlajwl (2984) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is fruit, malts and a mixture of caramel and slightly spicy bread. The flavor is caramel and very nutty, along with malts, fruit and a mildly bitter finish. Kind of different than what I was expecting, the nuttiness and beery flavor made it stand out.
BlackHaddock (2432) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown 500ml bottle, best before 8th Apr 2009, drank 2nd Feb 2009.
Poured into a straight UK pint glass.
Dark, deep amber, a browny red colour. On top sat a good firm light tan coloured, foaming head. The head fell away to a thin covering and some lacing around the glass.
The aroma was all about hops and toasted malts, also in the smell I picked up some woody and nutty hints.
Hops and the aforementioned toasted malt dominated the flavours in the taste, with the hops taking centre stage.
The hops also take over the aftertaste, which makes the beer fairly bitter tasting towards the end of the mouthfeel.
One of the hoppiest UK beers Iíve ever had.