minutemat (3644) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ Montgomery’s Tower, Shrewsbury. Pours brown, little head. Aroma is lightly caramelised malt, vague hop. Taste is biscuit, caramel malt. One dimensional.
AshtonMcCobb (4831) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Appleyards Deli in Shrewsbury. This one is 4.4% so doubtful it’s ESB territory.
Appearance - golden amber with a decent head.
Nose - caramel biscuits.
Taste - quite sickly sweet toffee. Light biscuits but general lack of bittering to balance it.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a finish that is just too sweet.
Overall - too sweet to be very drinkable.
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 29 Mar 2012. Poured a clear copper colour, with a dense white head. Aroma of malt, some grass and grain. Caramel in the flavour, with passionfruit and hay. Finish was biscuit, toasted malt and mineral notes.
MarcoDL (3632) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s all very well to name your beer ’hopping mad’, but if you do so, you should apart from the happy bunny on the label also have some nice hops in the beer. This ESB lacks on hopping, it’s a bit flat and malty, not very bitter.
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle from ABCBeers.
Very thin white head. Low carbonation. Clear golden pour. Very little bitterness. I’ve had better ESB’s
Douberd (4315) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle at home, poured into a Guinness pint. ABV 4.7%
Pours a light amber coloured beer, with a small and thin head, slighty off-white in colour, with very low retention. Some foam persisits and creates small foam islands on the surface.
Aroma of caramel, cookie dough, floral notes.
Taste is sweet and malty at the beginning but it turns quickly to a light bitterness, with good duration. Some caramel and floral notes again.
Medium thin body, soft carbonation.
Overall good, it has started to become a malt bomb since it is past it’s BB date, but it still holds up quite good.
hallinghansen (2608) - Odense SV, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ bandlys blålys. Clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma is honey and hops. Flavour is bitter hops and grain.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, grass and pine. Flavour is malt, earthy, grass and pine. Thin body.
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Golden/clear brown with small head. Nose : flower and fruity aromas, ginger cookie. Sip : water like body with delicate oily texture. Light carbonation. Sweet bread and ginger cookie start. A bit sour and unpleasant aftertaste. Delicate bitter end with metallic notes.
vipinvelp (3475) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper color with small white foam ring. Aroma is quite hoppy, so is taste. Nice bitter beer. Aftertaste is dry, wheaty. (Velp 201304)