erickok (2282) - Tours, FRANCE - APR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lightly filtered brown body and small tan head. Focus is on the malts, with caramel, bread and leather. Nice full flavour yet very drinkable. Fatty body and dryish aftertaste. Not very complex but I like it. (3,55 EUR, 50cl bottle)
Mad_Ferret (508) - SWEDEN - APR 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear dark amber with medium creme white head that disappears pretty fast leaving some traces.
Aroma is malty, fruit, butter, aquarium/wet stone.
Taste is malty, butterscotch, fermented fruit, some salmiac in the aftertaste.
Medium body, small tickeling bubbles.
Could have been better.
SSSteve (3379) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. clear amber under a large, frothy, cream-colored head. drab malty aroma. flavor is bready with light toffee notes. earthy. faint note of plum. light body and juicy palate. i really like the label. nice axe.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle/500ml - Pours a quite dark amber in color with a small white head that stuck around to produce some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild of medium roasted malts and spicy noble hops. Flavor was also fairly mild with the hops dominating and underwhelming flavor profile. Medium bitter on the finish with the hop flavors lingering. Just OK... a bit disappointing for a "special reserve"... too expensive for what it is...
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of diacetyl, gum, metal, paper.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
It has the usual buttery and stale/papery odor of many bottled British bitters. Not much to like about it.
maeib (7542) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. An amber coloured beer. A sweet candy like aroma with booze and toffee. Sweet and boozy in the mouth. Has decent warming alcohol and a nice body, but it really is sweet; almost to the point of sickliness. Too sugary.
pivnizub (8000) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Clear, dark copper coloured, small off-white layer; vegetables and caramel in the moderately fruity nose; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; very faint vinous fruits in the bitter-caramelly finish. Disappointing........
dwyerpg (4067) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks fine. A little caramel in the aroma, but a bit soapy too. This is okay. Has a strong caramel malt body with some hops that come back and forth. Itís pretty good just not amazing.
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark amber, small head becomes a ring of foam. Somewhat fruity, estery aroma. Taste is on the sweet and strong side for the style, some bitterness backing it up; aromas of caramel malts and a bit of roasted character come through, and there is a nondescript fruity finish. Little hop aroma. Medium bodied mouthfeel, nice finish. This is likely the best product Iíve had from Wychwood, but that wouldnít be hard. A middling to mediocre ESB.
ComradeK (732) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Pours a pleasant enough ruby brown, but with a smallish head and terrible retention and lacing. The nose is all dark malts - toffee, toast and slightly burnt caramel mainly. Itís straightforward, and to be honest not that inspiring. Not a lot of hops are present, although there is a bit of resin at the start. This is followed by some pretty standard sweet dark malt. There is a weak coffee note, some molasses and caramel. Itís not terribly interesting stuff, although nor is it dreadful. I would also be more inclined to describe it as an English strong ale than an ESB.