m.mahu (220) - Iasi, ROMANIA - FEB 10, 2018
Bottle. Pours a dark red, almost clear with a delightful fluffy, tightly packed head. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruitty esters, sweet caramel, dark fruit. Flavour is fruitty, mildly roasty, good residual sweetness, pleasent caramel presence. Medium body and mouthfeel. It is dry, but does not feel like it. Very good. Bill Becker (2051) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 22, 2017
From May 2008
This pours a hazy dark amber with a 3 finger and still growing head of foam. # sips of the foam and it looks like it finally is going to settle down. Btw, the foam taste very tart fruity.
The smell is fruity with a lot of citrus and I get some malty tones.
The taste(of the actual beer) is a lot like what I tasted in the foam. Surprise. Citrus that goes from tart to just plain sour and I'm not getting a whole lot of malt here at all. Hey I love sour ales but in a brew that's supposed to be an ESB? I don't think so. Perhaps this is a bad bottle. Yeah, that must be it as I couldn't fathom this being what the brewer intended. Not being locally available, a revisit may be a long time coming...I'm pouring the rest down the drain. ZacM612 (877) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2017 Draft at Alesmith. Deep amber color. Smooth and malty. You could drink this all day. HenrikSoegaard (14760) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2017
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. BrewBroFla (34) - - SEP 28, 2017
Anvil ESB is deep amber in color with a toasty character that comes from British malts and a bit of kettle caramelization. Nice balance of flavors that will keep wanting more, AleSmith should be happy with the way this one turned out.
jasz (2) - - AUG 21, 2017 does not count
Alesmith considers this their flagship beer but I think their Speedway Stout or their Numbskull beers show off more of what makes this brewery my favorite. Still the esb is a great drinking beer. It’s very balanced and has enough flavor so it can’t be dismissed. It’s drinkability reminds me of a Newcastle Brown or Smithwicks Red Ale. I wish they made the esb in 12oz 6 pack bottles instead of the full size bottles as this would be a daily driver for me. RabbleRouseRye (18) - Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2017
Anvil ESB is a fine traditional British pub ale. Nice toasty malt character you would expect from the British malts and kettle caramelization that blend well with a English hop profile. A wonderful balance of flavors that lead to two thumbs up. vastervikman (63) - Vastervik, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2017
From USA. Best of the best like a bench mark. bread, grass, spruce, earthy, raisin, woody. LAcing stays forever and ever. vipinvelp (4603) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2017
PINT tasting. Clear light copper, off-white lacing foam head. Light barley aroma, light bitter taste. OK, but not outstanding. (Arnhem 201707) Scipio (1311) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2017
Pours a cloudy, dark amber with a smaller beige head. The aroma is dominated by toffee, while containing toasted malt, floral elements, nuts, and hints of raisin. This is dry with a bit of bitterness. A light sweetness remains persistent throughout the sip. The toasted impression transfers to the flavor and is joined by a slight earthiness. Potent toffee, along with lesser nuts, bread, and hints of maple. Toffee finish. Light in body, thin in texture, average carbonation. Pretty good overall, and without any negatives to report.