ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium tulip.
A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is not only healthy looking at 2 fingers high, but also pretty dense in its texture. It fades away deliberately, leaving some lacing in the glass.
S: Honestly, I’m not picking much up here. A faint fruity character offset by a touch of chocolate, and neither qualities become any more assertive when warmed up sufficiently. Not a bad aroma, I suppose, just nowhere near as strong as it should be.
T: Again, it’s not BAD, just overly mild. The flavor seems to pick up slightly on the finish and aftertaste, with faint caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Maybe there’s a touch of mineral character here and there. Come to think of it, that’s the dominant note - mineral water. Yeah. It’s watery. Boo.
M: At first, it starts off too dense and rich for its lack of flavor, but manages to dry out nicely after the swallow. It’s not as easily downable as this should be; that doesn’t make in undrinkable, though. Carbonation is appropriately low.
O: I mean, it’s not a horrible brew by any means...it’s just ridiculously mild to the point of total boredom. I can appreciate a good ESB when I come across it (Fuller’s ESB), but among the endless pile of ESBs that are mediocre or worse in my opinion (namely, just about all of them), this one is in the ’worse’ category. Unless you really like ESBs, get something else instead.
bbertels (255) - NORWAY - OCT 8, 2015
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. A bit disappointed after tasting this; malty ok but very short in taste. Drinkable but will not try again.
mr_h (3874) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle at home, courtesy of JohnRMurdoch, fruity, caramel aroma, deep chestnut, thin bubbly beige head, intermittent lacing, caramel, some vanilla, chocolate, fruity, carbonation quite high, malty aftertaste.
szymonskc (97) - POLAND - SEP 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Świetne piwo, zapach owocowy, kolor miedziany. W smaku dosyć delikatne, owocowe.
BeerNinjaUK (9) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2015 does not count
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
500ml bottle. Aroma slight, with just discernible toffee and biscuits. Taste stronger, with good maltiness, low carbonation and rather sweet notes - caramel and hay.
superspak (3615) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into pint glass, 4BFH bottle code. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, light toffee, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, wood, grass, light plum/apple, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, moderate earthy hops, and restrained yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, light toffee, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, wood, grass, light plum/apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/woody bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, wood, and herbal/toasted earthiness after the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, moderate earthy hops, and restrained yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an excellent ESB style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, moderate earthy hops, and restrained yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
WladimirN (5) - - SEP 21, 2015 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby body with light head. Low carbonated. Mildly bitter palate with tones of chocolate and toffee.
MarcinG (37) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darker than Gold hobgoblin with carmel and spicy notes. Nice head .bitter taste. Good beer
steve_steve (12) - - SEP 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear dark brown colour, slight fruity aroma. averagely carbonated with a full bodied taste. a good addition to a strong meal!
redders1974 (454) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark for a bitter small lasting head rich cakes porridge taste almost marzipan sweet and drinkable
yourilevesque (577) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dégustée sur la terrasse en compagnie de Ju-Lo, en guise d’apéro à une Ten Fidy. Quelle séquence tout de même! La bière est bien brune, parfaitement translucide mais si sombre qu’on peine à y voire au travers. La mousse est jaunâtre, formée de grosses, moyennes et fines bulles. Une tête riche et alléchante! Notes de bitter auxquelles s’ajoutent des fruits confits, une touche d’orange et des dattes. En bouche le liquide jouit d’une belle densité. C’est rond - pour une bière à 5,2% d’alcool du moins. le houblon est bien représenté et forme une base équilibrée avec le malt qui se veut mi torréfié mi frais. Finale moyenne, la bière se boit très bien par temps chauds et j’imagine également par temps froids.