anders37 (26156) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
Draft @ the Capital Hill location. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with citrus hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish. Travlr (24292) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Draft. Clear deep amber color, thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of biscuit, subtle white peper. Taste is black pepper, honey covered homemade biscuits fresh from the oven. Very tasty. fiulijn (20411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Draught at the brewpub, downtownargo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Cloudy amber color. Aroma of sugar. Some caramel and sugar flavor, with a strong bitterness; long final. Not impressive.
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 (Shirlington, 3/18/07, cask) No notes taken, just a reflection that this beer is every bit as good as I remember it. Lots of caramel/toffee combined with good floral hoppiness. (8/4/8/4/16)
Lubiere (13780) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
(Shirlington, 12/24/04) Cloudy amber body with beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, earthy, some pepper. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, earthy, some spice, pepper. Medium bitterness. Dryish earthy finish with light herbal. Light-medium body with some creaminess. Nothing amazing, but a wonderfully balanced beer. (7/4/9/4/17)
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 A reddish amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, faint caramel malt with faint hops. In mouth, a light crisp malt over timid British hops, not bad, but nothing exceptional. On tap at Shirlington location, April 12 2011.
Drake (13646) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Dry-hopped cask at the Shirlington location. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized creamy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of big citrus hops with mild toasted caramel malts. The taste is bitter herbal, citrus hops and faint caramel malts. Medium bodied, overwhelmed by the hopping sadly. BeerandBlues2 (13207) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Tap at Capitol City - Capitol Hill. Pours hazy copper with a medium, creamy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie), heavy hops (herbal, woody), and average esters (apple/pear). Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie), heavy hops (herbal, woody), and average esters (apple/pear). Light body, low warmth and creaminess, medium carbonation and a dry finish. BVery (10315) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Tap at the Shirlington location. Hazy orange pour with a spotty white head. Caramel malts, dusty and earthy. Okay. nimbleprop (8280) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Had this on tap at the Capitol City Midtown location. Served in a pint glass with a creamy, foamy slightly beige head. Body is hazy, amber with yellow hues. Fairly standard aroma, lemons and oranges with a bit of mass produced bread. Flavor was very bitter, obviously, with lemons and oranges, a little bread east and some light fruits. Finish is watery which was a bit of a turn off since there wasn’t much mouth puckering bitterness. Average, drinkable but unremarkable. ben4321 (6412) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Location: Draft Postal Building Location - From the sampler glass 3/7/09.
Aroma: Sweet, caramel, bread
Appearance: Hazy amber color
Flavor: Sweet and smooth
Palate: Medium body, nice balance, malty, decently long finish
This one was alright, not a standard ESB necessarily, but a nice drinkable beer, not totally distinguishing.