Bulk_Carrier (4534) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the discounted flight I had.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to medium colored orange/brown color with a light carbonation to be seen rising. No head, but I’m not worried since it was a sample glass.
The smell definitely had the characteristics of an ESB, slightly malty, semi-"soapy" but a good "soapy."
The taste was mainly malty sweet with an established semi - wet displaced aftertaste leading to a semi-wet finish. It does add a light woodiness to it as warmed.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me, delicately smooth.
Overall, barrel aged ESB, yup these guys did it right. If I actually lived in the Columbus area, I’d be taking home a growler of this as much as I could.
Dogbrick (12365) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Barley’s Smokehouse. The beer is a clear dark amber color with a medium thick beige head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and a touch of bourbon. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt, fruit and subtle oaky bourbon. The finish is fruity with an earthy, oaky aftertaste. I was admittedly not expecting much from a barrel-aged ESB but this exceeded my expectations.
JaBier (7394) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on cask at the Smokehouse on 5/2/12. Clear amber pour with a thick tan cascading head. Aroma of orange, oak, caramel, malt and light booze. Malty flavor with some caramel, oak and slight citrus before a mild booze finish. Bourbon is well masked here and I think that’s what makes this beer work. I love my bourbon beers, but an ESB? This beer takes on the pleasant oaky character without being completely overtaken by bourbon. Well done.