GarrettB (1600) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2015 Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared by Paskie. Warm amber in the glass, smallish layer of off-white bubbles. Husky warm malt aroma, sort of a cereal malty quality, apples. Resiny electric hops, toasted walnuts, lovely under-ripe apricots. Bright and flavorful beer, and one that actually feels kind of English.
April 13th, 2013 - I can’t find much love in my heart or my gut for ESBs. Walking into the Bristol 5 knowing it’s style did it few favors for the review process, but I have to confess that as far as the style goes, Bristol’s is surprisingly engaging. It’s a classic shaggy sort of light brown with a great mottled head corking the glass, and from the little swathes of popped bubbles the drinker catches touches of light malt, bubblegum and sweet, boiled beets. The flavor is even sweeter, packed with flavors like candied peach, candied apples, and bubble gum in the at¥aftertaste. It’s a sudsy brew, dancing on the tongue, and delivering all the sweet things here and there across the mouth. In many respects, it is probably too sweet, and defies the philosophy of the ESB itself as a quaffing drink, but it brings more flavor than most, even if this flavor is uncompromisingly packed with sugar. onceblind (9699) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Clearish light amber with a sticky but uneven white head. Aroma is pretty malty with tones of cereal grains and light caramel esters, but also this weird play-dough quality about it. Taste is a little better, looses the play dough tone but keeps the earthy caramel and sweet pale malts. Unfortunately it gets kinda watery around mid palate, bringing a semi metallic tone that lasts through the finish. A little disappointed overall, but the finish is a deal breaker. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft @ taproom. Glassy copper with decent lacing. Spicy aroma. Palate is very nice. A great balance is achieved between mellow roast and spicy hop. Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
Amber colour. The aroma is mostly caramel. Fairly bitter, but the palate is mostly malts after that, with rich breadcrust character. Atom (2455) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bomber pours orange/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, slight roast. Earthy bitterness throughout with grain flavors and bland hops. Very little flavor here just a lot of bitter.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2011
(Draught) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, grass, and light roastiness. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, cocoa, florals, and grass with a mild bitterness in the finish. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2011
(Draught) amber color with a ring of white bubbles. Nose of sweet cream and grain, caramel and orange peel. Taste of English hops, caramel and earthy. Under-carbonated, citrus linger. Decent bitter. drjay44 (3713) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium off white head of good duration, with attractive lacing over a clear, amber (SRM 9) body....nose is light cereal, toffee/caramel....taste is light cereal to start. with a bit of toffee/caramel, finishing with a light bitter hop bite....mouth feel is medium, carbonation adds a foamy sensation. This is obviously an ESB. It is not overly complex, but would make a nice session beer. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6 cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Tasted from a bomber purchased in Aurora, Colorado. Dark red body with a thick light red/white head. Mostly malty but just ever so slightly hoppy nose. Body is again quite malty with some stale hoppiness and overall just bitter. Not a good bitterness. Pretty crappy brew. Ernest (7697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with light notes of black tea and dish rag / detergent.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A boring, rough, clunky beer.