garthicus (2953) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown body with a tiny bubbly white head. Aroma: honeycomb malt, slight spice, yeast, lemon and alcohol. Flavour: spicey malt, ’dusty’, dark autumn fruit, corn, tangy fruit peels and a long bitter malt finish. Interesting. ABUSEDGOAT (2868) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 After sampling 4 beers before this one, this one seemed to be a blend of the lighter beers at the brewery. Fairly sweet and bitter, and the alcohol was noticeable. Not really that special. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2002
UPDATE: pouring like a jackass gave this a large head. Poured a thin brown color like Newcastle. Aroma was fruity, alcoholic, and bitter. Finishes nutty and alcoholic. It’s fairly complex, but really the flavor lacks to keep it really interesting. It’s still a good solid brew.(3.3 --> 3.4)
The lads at Cooperstown Brewing have done a nice job with this one. The 7.7% abv is well-concealed, like a surprise bunt down the third base line. Maltier and less-hopped than most, this is a sweet, tasty brew. TAR (2793) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Clear copper. Fluffy white foam. Nutty with mashed dates and earthy Ringwood notes. Light waft of rounded fruitiness. Delicate carbonation with a creamy softness. Opens with a gritty stamp of dryness from the Ringwood, coupled with an earthy hop understatement. Well-attenuated, and gritty as a result of the yeast, but equally slippery and juicy to augment its remarkable depth. Complex, but so clean and devoid of flaw. Nutty malt flavor rises to the surface and continually softens the body, gaining a depth-lending touch of toffee glaze and toasted walnut harshness. Retrained, but noticeable, oily hop bitterness in the finish accompanies the lengthy Ringwood-accented toasty, nutty malt (Crystal?) depth that lingers on. Not sure what else you want from the style. This is absolutely superlative and must be to die for, cask-conditioned. Thanks, IPFreely. BrewBoxer (2667) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a sweet malty and bready taste. Not too heavy and nothing special. Like a boozier esb
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willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2004
08.05.04. Bottle, a surprise gift from a customer. Reddish amber color with a trace of a head that lingers. Aromas of blueberry, raspberry, sweet malt. Flavor is carried by a thin but coating palate that finishes sharply, dry, and hoppy - Grapeskins. More sweeeet berry and plum flavors and tartness. Some nice alcohol in flavor, but not in aroma, adds depth to taste. An interesting brew. Quite nice, really, and a great surprise. Not what I had expected when given this treat. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2001
Nice ruby brown color, beige head, generous lace, medium body. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
The yeast is quite evident in the nose, but the malts dominate. Still the finish has a nice bite of hops which adds greatly to the pleasure of this beer. A good beer I think, and a very quaffable brew for all concerned, and a cool label for us baseball fans. 'Thanks Venom.'
poured a clear brownish amber with little head...malty aroma with touches of overripe apple, alcohol, and banana liquor...some malty apple flavors with some sweetness riding along..semi-creamy mouthfeel with just a sliver of bitterness at the end..pretty smooth for 7.7%..but nothing stands out as extraordinary Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2003
I liked this one - a creamy tasting ESB. Thinner malts but well balanced, you wouldn't expect the alcohol content.