jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Dark amber with massive, foamy beige head / Nose of bread and dry hops / Light to medium body, acidic and very dry, with some chewiness and good finish / Funky, musty, dry and complex flavors of clothes closet, aged cheese, caramel, dry hop, and brett? / Terrific, somewhat remiscent of their Jolly Pumpkin neighbor. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Aroma of flowers, honey, caramel, and citrus. Off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is caramel, citrus, honey, flowers. Good medium-light bodied and soft. Really good and my favorite from this brewery so far. jimmack34 (647) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Growler. Pours dark brown with red hue and thick head. Smells bready and sweet malty. Tastes like thick dense gourmet bread, Sweet and grainy. Excellent beer.
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. 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.
Holtguy (180) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Dark brown/reddish in color, clear, with a small off white head. Great, fantabulous aroma, at least for my tastes. I bought a 4-pack, and 2 of the bottles were 90% head after the first pour. Nevertheless, the beer is quite flavorful, with caramel and medium body, slightly sweet at times but not too much. Bitterness is average, which works well with this brew. Great work by Dragonmead on this one. If only they could get that carbonation thing down. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2003
RAF'03 cask- Just as good, if not better, than some of the big British award winners downstairs. This just has much more flavor than the British examples. The malt is thicker and sweeter, like a Caramello bar. The hops is more pronounced with seemingly more American hops and American hoppiness. Damn good ESB! DrnkMcDermott (3193) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2005
From brewpub "keggy." Even the foam has a nice bitter/porter taste to it. deep brown in color. The beer itself is a little sweet, but the English hop profile really plays up well. 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. 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.