craftyrocker (27) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2017
Aroma/Appearance/Taste/Palate/Overall: 7/4/6/3/14. My first ESB.
Appearance: Clear brownish amber with a white head at the beginning. Drinks down to a thin ring but that suits the beer.
Aroma: Toffee and caramel malt, raisins, slight fruits.
Taste: Piercing toffee and caramel malt. Medicinal syrup taste. Sweet but really bitter. Strong lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Thin. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: I do not know what an ESB should taste like, but this is an interesting beer and tastes strong. Schooner in a tall glass on tap at Beer Deluxe, $5. sccp1910 (250) - BRAZIL - MAR 11, 2017
Saborosa, amarga e com ótimo paladar. Avermelhada e de espuma bege. Aroma maltado e agradável. Pyobon (1391) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2017
(Bottle) Clear ruddy amber with thin off-white head. Nice aroma - toffee, nuts, toast, herbal hop notes. Medium body with good carbonation. Good rich taste that evolves through the palate. There’s some robust dark toffee sweetness throughout. There’s nutty and biscuity notes especially at the start. Hops are present throughout, evolving from a pleasant herbal note at the start to some nice bitterness in the finish that balances the sweetness. There’s some quite rich notes - raisins, cough syrup, port. Very nice beer. danjs5 (221) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2017 Amber pour with thin head. Nutty sweet malt nose. Upfront sweet caramel and toffee malt flavours. Decent bitterness to follow. Fairly thin but long lasting malt palate. Sweet throughout, perhaps thin. Fairly good for this style. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2016
Oversweet stab at an ESB. Bright amber, full head. Rummy aroma - brown sugars, raisins, dates. Generally sweet on the nose, with minimal hop presence. Medium bodied. Too sweet to be quenching. Has some of that nice English nuttiness and a herbal tint to the finish. 45 ibus sounded promising but they’re drowned in sugar. Not a favourite style but even allowing for that, this fell short. (500ml bottle, which right now feels like 450ml too much.....)
sm89walt (2064) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2016
Keg - 4 Pines, Manly. Poured a deep copper brown with a small and fading off-White head. Mid-fruits, biscuity, bready malts, nutty characters and yeasty complexities across nose and palate. Mid-weight, medium carbonation finishing with a moderate length and intensity malt-centric, roasty bitterness. Joe_O (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2016 does not count
A great example of true ESB, with a neat cut in the back palate to modernize it. Great for Aussie’s, Americans, kiwis etc. drinking English styles, and a great example of English brewing in Australia mcberko (17178) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
On tap at 4 Pines, pours a hazy amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out bready malt and a little English hops. Flavour brings out caramel malts and English hops in good balance. Sweet and not really like an ESB. It’s okay. DavidAust (273) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2016
500ml bottle into nonic glass. Aroma of toffee, raisins and dark red fruits. Dark amber, clear with limited carbonation and a cream coloured head. Sweetish, but with a metallic finish - otherwise would have rated higher - but not much more at the palate was thinner than others I have had. Good overall - but have other brands I would turn to first for an ESB. Theodopilos (68) - - DEC 28, 2015
On tap at the 4 pines brewery Manly, lovely amber colour, fruity aromas and flavours, this is in my opinion the best Aussie made esb