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.
Mister_Li (169) - GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Klares Bernstein mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Röstmalzig, Karamell, etwas bitter, süffig.
boxofrane (2444) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Wegmans. Pours clear ruby / brown with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is quite herbal, spicy, definitely some caramel maltiness but the British hops shine. The taste has a nice bitterness, plenty of caramel malty flavors, a touch of a roasted character. Decent brew.
drmet (367) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
-pours a clear dark copper with a medium to big,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,cherries,strawberries sugar,toasty finish
Decent ESB.Missing some complexity and Body
Bigbluedan (8) - SINGAPORE - AUG 8, 2015 does not count
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy; malty. Pleasant and better than I expected but not a star. If it's there I'd drink again
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lokis333 (76) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - AUG 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark color, small foam malty and hopy aroma. Tastes nice not too strong and quiet plesant.
tillmac62 (445) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear beautiful rich garnet when held to light. World class lacing and retention, outstanding head volume.
Light, but complex, nose of biscuit with notes of sweet chocolate and a touch of earthy hops. As it warms, subtle notes of dark fruit appear.
Almost medium body with a nice smooth texture that is almost creamy in the finish. Superb carbonation with a nice bit of effervescence in the middle and a tight prickly finish.
While not a typical ESB, this one is outstanding. It hits the bitterness marks with a nice herbal and earthy bitterness over a solid malt backbone. It exceeds typical levels of complexity by providing notes of chocolate, toffee and a light fruit. Balance is perfect. The finish is a slow fade of mild bitterness over a charred grain note.
aleksander9 (842) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
-from the bottle- English fruity yeast, pepper, floral and some leather notes. Sweet, yeasty, earth and citrus finish. Overall: Meh. Almost Belgian in character, and that is probably unintended.
BeErikS (33) - TAIWAN - JUL 26, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark leather brown with a lovely reddish hue and highlights, good creamy head with some retention and lacing. A decent cover of head stays throughout. Mild aroma consisting of toast, toffee, and British hops, in that order. Mild sweetness pretty well balanced by light hops with floral and earthy notes. Seems like it's going to finish dry but the real finish turns wet and watery first with light carbonation then finally finishes with lingering chalky hops. Overall a very nice beer but IMHO far from excellent. Bottle was purchased half a world away from the brewery so storage duration and temps could be off. If it had a bit more of the floral hops and a slightly heavier mouthfeel I might love this beer. It is highly attenuated and dry with a bit of hardness in the water which I usually love.
tsurkan_sergey (68) - Novosibirsk, RUSSIA - JUL 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drink it on tap at Bobby Dazzler Pub, Moscow. Beer 4 - an excellent dark ale, Premium Bitter, fruity flavor, the taste of roasted malt with moderate hop bitterness.
MrBlueSky93 (503) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s.
Pours dark ruby, with a long lasting cream head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, nuts, earth..Taste is much the same. Used to be a far better brew, but still palatable.