kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: April 01, 2012
Appearance: dark amber, creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: big earthy woodsy fuggly aroma, dry bready caramel
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich bready flavor, lots of fuggles, earthy, light bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
pmlato (12) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Though lacking the strength of bitterness of most traditional ESBs, this is an excellent beer. Perhaps it could be termed an "American ESB", (though ironically not nearly as bitter as the many many EIPAs crowding the market), it has a great toasted malt character. More carbonated than the typical ESB, pours beautifully. Great flavor mashup. Weakness lies in the body, a tad watery on finish.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Well-hazed, orange-amber body with a finger of slowly receding, glass-coating white suds.
Smell: Some notes of toast, caramel, lemon rind, spice, herb, but the scent is just very, very light, a bit lacking, but I’m ready for the taste to bring on the magic.
Taste: Toasted grains soothed with sugary caramel. A little munch of ripe apricot, then, some light lemon before the spicy, herbaceous hops. Medium-light bitterness. Picks up a hint of white pepper as it warms. Drying finish given a little flourish of carbonation.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: I found it to be enjoyable. LibrarianGirl nodded in silent approval at the Harry Potter reference.