bytemesis (9022) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
Tap. Pours clear orange, small off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is malty, nutty, tootsie rolls, almost apple. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, bit of hay. Medium body. csaso (2315) - Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Tap - fair size foamy head, nice clear medium amber color, sweet and nutty malt aroma and flavor, fair earthy hop balance, mild creaminess.
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On tap.Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with creamy foamy head. Aroma is caramel and lightly toasted grain with mild fruity esthers. Flavor is caramel-y yet dry and lightly nutty with medium hop bitterness of subdued intensity. A very light touch of citrusy-sour shows as well. A little drier than I had expected, which seems to be a recurring theme with this establishment’s beers. Medium to thick palate. I just can’t get excited about this style unless some brewery finds a way to uniquely highlight some of its characteristics. I haven’t encountered many that can, and that goes for this place too.
Arrived a deep red-copper color with zero head and very low carbonation and a light haze to it. Aroma began with a very faint floral hops presence, light toasted malt and finishes with some caramel sweetness. Flavor had a strong orange citrus hops up front which fades a mild caramel sweetness, some mild toasted middle and finishes with a solid bitter hop leaf flavor. Body is heavy and with almost no carbonation, creates an oily texture. Overall a decent ESB but a touch more carbonation wouldn’t hurt to help out the nose and body as it felt a bit on the heavy side.