radagast83 (5606) - 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 (4918) - 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!
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle? well aropma is minimal thouhg malty. Taste is malty and peaty like a scitch ale! as it warms the scotch ale becomes more! excellent beer!
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (500ml - clear). Poured deep amber with a smallish light tan head. Aroma of lightly roast malt (sweet), some yeast and bark notes. Taste is again somewhat sweet mildly roasted malt, but with a surprising amount of hops and even tannin-like bitterness - fairly balanced, not a long linger and the bitter lasts longer than the sweet. Smooth, somewhat lively, but unmemorable on the palate. Not skunky at all - decent.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Offwhite head on an amber body. Very drinkale, although not remarkable. Some bitterness, no defect to be detected. Nice, easy drinking.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - SEP 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark amber w/ beige head. aroma of tea and malt, medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My most current sampling of this brew was not nearly as good as the bottle that I had a few years agoe. It was still fairly good, it had some nice bitter notes and was very drinkable. Not really a top tier beer at all, but nothing to turn down at a tasting.