Ernest (6015) - 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 (8286) - 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 (8550) - Bochum, Porúří, 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 (4306) - 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. It’s 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 I’ve had from Wychwood, but that wouldn’t be hard. A middling to mediocre ESB.
ComradeK (908) - The Vale of Dundas, 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. It’s 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. It’s 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.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear coppery amber pour with a foamy beige head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is both fruity and malty with notes of toffee, raisins, cherries, figs and nuts. Flavour is very similar but with a stronger malt profile and hints of molasses, apples and sherry. Light, dry mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Nice, easy to drink and comparatively full-bodied English ale, probably slightly superior to the regular Hobgoblin but not hugely different.
Embrouille (2788) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 Bottled 50cl. Caramel, a huge amount of peach and white pepper throghout. Spicy hops. Good malt profile. Fruity. Nice bitterness. Medium to full bodied. This beer has a huge amount of character. Delicious.
wxman (1325) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark-brewed tea color with a full thick antique lace head. Rings the glass with each sip. Nutty, roasted malt aroma. Buttery, sweet malt and bitter chocolate taste, along with some earthy notes. Medium hoppiness. A fine ESB overall.
oh6gdx (19934) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (from bierzwerg.de). Copper colour with a mediumsized foamy beige head. Aroma is crystal and bready malts along with rather strong grassy and floral bitterness. Also has some slight caramel and dark dry fruits. Flavour is raisins, dark dry fruits, quite strong on the malty side as well as rather bitter towards the finish.