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, Iím 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, itís 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 thereís a touch of mineral character here and there. Come to think of it, thatís the dominant note - mineral water. Yeah. Itís 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. Itís not as easily downable as this should be; that doesnít make in undrinkable, though. Carbonation is appropriately low.
O: I mean, itís not a horrible brew by any means...itís just ridiculously mild to the point of total boredom. I can appreciate a good ESB when I come across it (Fullerís 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 íworseí category. Unless you really like ESBs, get something else instead.
Bierdimpfe (74) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark copper color. Creamy light brown 1 finger head dead in around 3 minutes. Average legs and highly active.
Strong aromas and flavors of toffee, citrus and fruitiness with some herbal spices. Great combination of crisp sourness and thick sweetness taste with a earthy roasted nut feel.
Slick full body with perfect carbonation. Pleasant balanced finish ending with a sweet mouth coat and smoky bitter clove like aftertaste.
Overall : Tons of flavors and good freshness, well balanced excellent craft.
MisoW (2620) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 31, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt. Taste si bitter, medium sweet, caramel, roasted malt.
budedou (662) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JAN 31, 2016
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: pours clear copper with powerful soapy beige head and lacing. aroma/taste: barley, toffee, berry and herbal notes. palette medium malty aroma, average carbonation, medium body, average sweetness, balanced by an average bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: quite good ESB
Marcius (394) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color and medium head.
Hoppy aroma with some toasted malt.
Taste is a little bitter with a medium body.
promontor (99) - HUNGARY - JAN 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5l bottle from Britishtore.hu. Nice, thick and creamy head, brown body with a hint of ruby when held against light. Foam has malty, somewhat sour and somewhat bitter taste, sourness also detectable in aroma. Taste is dominated by "British" maltiness, whatever that means. Well, it means mildly roasted malt, some caramel, moderate bitterness and also some unidentifiable fruitiness. Well balanced, well composed. Smooth, silky carbonation. Still, there is some moderate but unpleasant medicin-like bitterness in it (fairly common in some brown British ales) which prevents this beer from becoming a favourite for me. Very good and complex beer, just not my style.
LazyPyro (222) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Clear dark ruby colour with a creamy tan head. Slightly sweet malty aroma, hint of lightly roasted malts. Flavour is malty with a lightly roasted hint to it, dark fruits, and a light hoppy bitterness. Bitter aftertaste.
Ivan2702 (2) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taste bitter at the end, aftertaste strong but not too good, light body and basement aromas. Brown and clear colour. Easy to drink but not in large quantites.
enidlesim (37) - - JAN 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Classic British beer. Beautiful deep red colour with frothy off white head. Aroma of toasted summer pudding: doughy, fruity and rich. Flavour is autumnal stewed fruit, with a perfectly balanced hoppiness. Aftertaste is pleasingly sweet but with a deep bitter bite. Not overpowering but complementary. Itís a heavy beer: not alcohol wise but in taste. Kind of like a Christmas pudding. Delicious and warming but you can eat too much :-)
AntonyWilson (27) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 3, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle - Appearance: clear, ruby red with a creamy off-white head that lingers with minimal lacing. Aroma: fruity esters, bready with roasted under tones. Taste: plums, caramel, toasty. Medium to high bitterness that lingers. Good malt backbone that compliments the bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation. Finished sweet and bitter. Overall: a reasonably good bitter ale. Ruby appearance interesting. Could only finish a single.
Beersiveknown (4663) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 3, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
can at brotherís house for Christmas Eve
light-bodied, sweet, caramel, quite thin, low carbonation.a mere shadow of its cask self, which in turn has diminished in recent years, shame