RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Another fine example of the English style. This Bitter is more robust than the best bitter but still with an excellent balance between hops and malt. Pale Ale Malt along with Aromatic and Crystal malts combine with the Galena and Fuggles hops to create a sure-fire favorite.

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jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2007
12 oz. bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a pint glass.

Poured a hazy deep amber, robust, rocky pale tan head, slowly receded into a thin creamy lacing, small amount of ringed laced sticking.

The Fuggles and Galena hops dominate the aroma, orange fruity and floral, a light backing of sweet pale maltiness with hints of toasted nuttiness.

Velvety medium-light bodied mouthfeel, mildly crisp and dry. Pleasant tasting with a smooth ESB hoppiness. Pale sugary malts that have a toasted nutty grain finish. Orangey, seedy hops that have soft rolling bitterness, a mild spiciness at the end. A lingering toasted maltiness along with orange fruity, spicy hops in the aftertaste.

An enjoyable ESB from Dragonmead, quite quaffable.

MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2007
12oz - Aroma of toasted nutty malts and a nice earthy hop mix that complement each other well. Pours deep muddy brown with a big lasting head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is sticky and tart. A nice surprise considering it’s low overall score.

ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Clear amber body with a small, off-white head. The aroma is caramel and herbal, fairly light. The flavor is dry, light caramel, grass and herbs. Medium body is soft with light carbonation. Not the most true to style, but a very nice beer nonetheless.

xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2007
Dragonmead Sir William’s ESB
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, knighted 04/06

Poured a slightly hazy ruddy copper with a huge off white mostly lasting rocky head with fair lacing.

Smelt of strong toasted malt, wood, cones and light dried fruit.

Taste was upfront moderate roasted malt and light cocoa, pine and bland fruit followed by a moderately bitter woodsy long finish.

Palate was light bodied, slightly watery yet with a creamy feel at the same time (weird), lively carbonated

Overall, I’ve never had a beer that carried the smelt of wood so magnificently. Flavors are nice and original. Palate seems too watery though.

bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Aroma was of english malts and some dark fruits. seemed really carbonated and bubbly on the tongue. Just had some really weird flavors I wasnt a fan of at all. Palate was just not very good at all.

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle shared by bgburdman: Amber color with a big off white head. Aroma, buttery, some caramel, and spicy hops. Flavor, odd fruitiness, some caramel. Medium bodied, with a earthy, floral bitterness on the end. Not my thing.

muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Damn, what a simply delicious session beer. Pours a deep and murky cherry brown color. Thick, frothey eggnog-shaded head that has as much retention as a cask ale. Nose is the only negativ as it is extremely subtle malts that I had to really dig into the glass in order to find.

Flavor is just front loaded with malts, peat and a wood essence. The malts just drip off the roof of the mouth and cling to the tongue and teeth they are so thick. Hops are a nice spruce-mint-ish that just balances all the sweet and earthy malts very well. Mouthfeel has a full body and is very juicy. I tend to use the word "juicy" to describe hops but this time I am using juicy o describe the malts. A six-pack of this beer would be a great addition to my Sunday football tomorrow.

RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
12oz bottle purchased in Grand Rapids, MI.

Pours a fairly clear dark brown, with a very frothy two finger head that recedes really slowly to a thick cap. The subsequent lacing completely covers the inside of my glass.

Smell; his has a very fruity aroma, to go along with caramel malts, and just a touch of chocolate. The little bit of hops I detect in the aroma are earthy, and just a little bit spicy.

Taste; the malts definitely dominate, with caramel, bits of chocolate and slightly nutty. As with the nose the hops are on the earthy side, but also a touch floral and spicy. There’s some hints of sourness on the finish, but that just seems to add an extra dimension to this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a decent drinkability.

WJL2 (9) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2006 does not count
Draft.. Very excited about the appearance of this beer in the glass. However I was once again let down by the flat uninspiring taste of this brew. Medium bodied sweetness with a little bit of a nutty background. Last time I had an ESB I believe the B stood for bitter. No hop flavor, aroma or bitterness to this ESB whats so ever.

OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle, from trade with walleye. Ok aroma. Sweet. Malty. I get an earthy, balsa wood, wet leaves, little fruitiness, caramel. Clean orangy brown color, good size head that faded quickly to nothing. No lacing. Bitter flavor. Sour, little soapy? Caramel, chocolate, earthiness are all there. Medium body, creamy slippery mouthfeel, sweet finish. Nice bitter. Thanks walleye!

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