iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Very interesting beer. VERY strong bitter flavour. Not something i could drink a lot of, quite fizzy. Gives me a bit of a headache, id recommend anyone to try it though. good slogan íafraid you might taste something lager boy?í Very dark looking with a dark head.
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very thick head, noticeable and lovely. That said, the beer was strange - started well, finished poor. I didnít enjoy that much.
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Bottle pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Very pleasing to the nose. Mix of fruit, malt, caramel, and a hint of nut or chocolate. I loved the first mouthful of this beer. Very complex taste, pleasing mouth-feel. Gets more generic as you drink. Good brew.
Tmoney99 (11590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Party Source. Poured a light brown with an average off-white head that was lasting and porduced a fair lacing. Moderate well balanced aroma. Medium body with a sweet finish. Medium sweet balanced flavor that was for an average duration.
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark nut brown with an edgy tan head. Sour malt (straw) and nutty caramel, yeast aroma with some background hops. Yeast sweet maple flavor with a hoppy fizzy dry finish; caramel and nut notes. Medium clean refreshing palate, very drinkable.
radagast83 (5377) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pretty good. Very dark and thick roasted aroma and flavor. Nice finish.
JK (4841) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a large cream colored and long lasting head. Some smoke aroma that promises a roasted malt flavor. Heavy palate for a bitter. Good for the style.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 This is one of the best ESBs Iíve had and is brotherís favourite (of course if he would have tried a few more styles, Iím sure he would find a new favourite).
Aroma is fruity, hopy, malty, caramel, grapefruit.
Tastes bitter with a nice sourishness/sweetness that mankes it really rich.
A good beer with much taste in proportion to the ABV.
However not fantastic.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber. Dense, bubbly, light tan head. Roast malt and subtle hops- not much of an aroma. Flavor is more balanced but has some macro character in the finish. Some caramel/toffee flavors also. Medium body, well carbonated, crisp clean, although macro-like finish. Nothing special.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brew Haha - I could swear the bottle I sampled from said Dark English Ale, not Strong Dark Ale as the picture to the left says. And then RateBeer has it listed as an ESB. Iím so confused?!? Anyway, whatever the heck it is, it is good. Malty, fruity and frightingly easy to drink. Well balanced throughout, the roasted malt is balanced nicely by the fruity, spicy hops. I have seen this one at the LQ for years, glad I finally tried it!