hawthorne00 (2731) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Bottle. Cloudy dull amber with a coat of off-white head. Fruity aroma with apples, pears, oranges and a little toffee. Lovely soft mouthfeel. Taste is strongly malty with sweet - and slightly buttery - toffee and fruit before a decent whack of slightly spicy bitterness. The finish doesn’t emerge seamlessly - there’s a bit of a lurch. [3.2]
New look bottle, 5.3% ABV. Pours bright this time. Aroma is fruity but subdued (-1), taste is a little cleaner and less butterscotchy (+1). Firm bitterness. No great magic to it, but a pretty solid strongish bitter.
TimE (3985) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color. Earthy, malty. Decent backbone with some soft hops. Nice, but not
setting the world
Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on tap at Pommeroy’s, handpull.
Warm nutty brown-amber in colour under a tight white collar of head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Good malt driven aroma of thick brown sugar, walnuts and malt biscuits. Similar flavours upon tasting, sweet and full with lots of body but not a great deal of bitterness. I did like this beer and my offsider and I went back for seconds, but sadly it sent my blood-sugar through the roof.
Probably worth it though.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nutty, rounded aroma, pours rich deep red, fluffy frothy head. a bit sour, but full with bitter rounded wholesome notes on the tongue. medium bodied, slightly thick bitter, with a bit of fizz and lovely long bitter after taste. Enjoyable. I’m drinking this from a 500 ml bottle, but it tastes even better off the tap (or get a FYO from Regional). Lovely bitter, not flash, just solid and very drinkable.
mkel07 (4031) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Solid looking in the glass with rich malty aromas that bounce up into your face. Deep light tan head that looks majestic atop a lightly copper coloured base. Strong malt flavour with some sweet flavours that hit the back of the mouth. Overall very good.
gam (3518) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber pour strong carbonation aroma fruit caramel woodynesss flavour caramel woody taste citrus solid bitter pear apricot finish good bitter plenty of fruit aftertaste
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUN 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: mildly yeasty
Appearance: brown and hazy, large head and good lacing;
Taste: a tad bitter, not at all sweet or sour
Palate: light to medium bodied, slightly thin texture, minimal carbonation, quick slightly yeasty finish;
Overall: Not at all remarkable.
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on cask at albar, dunedin. brown/amber/copper. poured through sparkler. very doughy aroma, only faint amount of kiwi hops coming through. nicely integrated flavours. thick fruitcakeyness, round malty sweetness with some orangey hops, lingering malty biscuitty finish. quite well balanced and english tasting, but short of spectacular.
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep copper amber with a finely bubbled big ochre head that leaves some decent lace early on. Very fruity aroma that brings to mind caramel apples. Flavours of toasty toffee and fruit (apples, quince), with a subtle nuttiness that creeps in as the beer stands for a while. Not especially bitter. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. I really lked it.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid looking ESB. Amber, slightly cloudy. Subtle nose. After much searching i got orange and toast, nice, but not wow.Slightly fruity taste with a good malt balance - i get a sherberty juiciness which livens the whole thing up nicely. Smooth palate. All up, nice well constructed ESb