SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Orange with a medium white head. Malty aroma with a nutty side and some fruity caramel. Just a light whiff of earthy hops. Sweeter english malt base with some caramel. Lightly fruity, lower on bitterness, with an amber crystal malt character. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. I figured that this would just be a barleywine after reading the description, but it really does work the higher-alcohol ESB thing. Interesting and pretty good, though not something I would pick first considering the strength of their other offerings. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap: hazy mahogany pour with thin off-white head. Aroma is soft with malt, caramel, and a slightly tart bourbon note as it warms. Flavor has low fizz with thick caramel , a subtle bourbon tartness, mild sweetness, bready toast, and a small bit of charred grainy bitterness with alcohol on the finish. Definitely one to let warm before drinking...flavors are nice, but straight forward, very subtle. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Snifter on tap at Lackman on a Sunday. $6. Totally hazy red / brown color. Good thin white head. Some decent loose lace. Bigger body. Good smooth lighter carbonation. Lightly creamy... Dry in the finish. Toasty English malts, some light dark fruit. Earthy hop. Moderate bitter taste, light alcohol warmth. Hint of chocolate. Solid, complex, English strong FROTHINGSLOSH (7670) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a murky brown color with a hint of orange and a huge foamy orange-beige head that faded and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was boozy caramel and cinnamon. The flavor was sweet caramel, toffee, tart orange, a bit of cinnamon and a fairly boozy presence. Medium length caramel, orange and cinnamon finish. Moderately full bodied. Solid. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Well, it’s an interesting move to inflate an ESB in this fashion, but it kind of worked. Dark copper pour, fluffy carbonation. Biscuit malts and mild fruit in the nose, but the slight woodiness and sweet MM work well in there. Mouthfeel quite substantial, but no real heat on the palate (ABV is well masked in general). Toffee and biscuit malts again to taste, with modest hops in there too. Pretty well balanced and elegant for what’s going on.
MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
My Bottom Line:ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Sweet, fruity malts and leafy, spicy hops suffuse this strong ale’s slick body.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy dark red.
-There is but a splash of alcohol heat in the background.
-I have to admit that even though this was competently executed, I thought the recipe was rather boring.
-Bananas and litchis peek through the flavour profile once in a while.
On tap at the brewpub.
On tap at 2SP. Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a thin off white head that fell quickly to a cap. Aroma of bready malts, light caramel and roastiness. Taste has roasty caramel malt with a slight woodiness, under a mild bitterness of floral hops and mild spice. Finish is smooth with moderate carbonation. b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; a transparent copper with foamy off-white head. Smells malty and doughy with a touch of oak. Tastes like it smells, only better, and with a nice bourbon presence. Smooth on the palate. Solid beer. Lubiere (13772) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
A lightly hazed dark amber with a very thin light mochta head. In aroma, smooth vinous malt with light licorice, not baf. In mouth, a sweet bourbon like offering with caramel, treacle, licorice, grassy British hopsand warming alcohol, not bad. johnnnniee (4236) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2013
On tap at the BNA 8 party at World Cafe Live Philadelphia
Pours a deep copper color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of caramel and toffee with hints of dark fruits and an earthy mineraly nose. The flavor is sweet with lots of dark and burnt sugars and fruity maltiness. Light earthy hop flavor tries in vain to cut through the sweetness. Medium to thick body with a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Decent beer, but a bit big and sweet for my taste.