burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
not a bad brew. not as bitter as the descriptions here seem to indicate.. a distinct dark, nutty flavor dances a drunken ballet with a subtle presence of carbonation. poetry.
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 ’afraid you might taste something lager boy?’ 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 didn’t 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 (11683) - 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 (10606) - 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 (5417) - 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 (4861) - 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 I’ve had and is brother’s favourite (of course if he would have tried a few more styles, I’m 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.