Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2005
A very pleasant and well made ESB. Pours a golden/copper color, topped with a sticky cream colored head. Aroma is full of caramel, nutty, and a bit spicy from hops. Taste begins slightly nutty and fruity, then becomes hoppy. Hop profile is very earthy, with more nutty and spicy characteristics coming through. As it warms, caramel becomes prevalent, as does a bit of toasted grain. A nice beer, one of the better ESBs I’ve had. Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Large, light tan head. Creamy on top. Great lacing and very good carbonation. Aroma with roasted grains, hint of smoke, oak and coffee. Color is a medium orange/brown. Nice roasty flavor with some caramel and roasted grains. Hint of metallic and a nice bitter flavor. Finish is bitter and a bit tart. Good hop presence. A decent bitter with a nice roasted flavor. Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Deark amber. Earthy aroma. Bitter edge to the vegetal, nutty, malty flavor, but there was a curious edge of sweetness too. Smooth. (on tap at Willimantic Brewing Company, CT) Aurelius (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Slightly sulphury toffee and malt aroma. Good tea color. A smooth bitter. Some cider, good hopping. Finish lingers with hops. Moderately sweet. Good gravity. A distinctive beer, and a good finish to my Connecticut trip. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 (12/26/05) Clear copper with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, chocolate. Light-medium body with light stickiness. (6/3/7/3/13)
DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2003
(12/31/03) Hazy amber with minimal off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, butterscotch. Taste is medium sweet, buttery caramel up front, adding some earthy grapefruit toward the back of the throat. Medium body. A very intriguing and inviting combination of flavors. (7/3/9/4/17)
A reddish brown color poured with a minimal head.Had lots of bitterness.I was not too fond for this.I had it in a bottle and that might have made a difference thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2003
On Tap: This brew poured a hazy softly carbonated dark amber colored body while forming a large head of off-white colred mostly lasting bubbles thet left a good lacing behind. It has a hoppy aroma and a slightly tingly mouthfeel with a prevalent hoppy malt spice flavor. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Color is a solid cloud of coppery orange, darker on top with an off-white head of tight spongyness just over a finger high and settles to a thin haze and ring always present and lots of lacing in sheets.
Nose is light roasted malts and slight tangy fruits and caramel. Good malt nose with very light hops in the mix and a note of nuttyness. Taste is a subtle and well balanced brew with some fruity and nutty notions up front, solid amount of malts, some solid roastyness and slight caramel sneakin' in. Mellow hops hits late with super easy bitterness of dried hops and ends with lingering dryness with a nippy little bite thats like bread yeast or saltine crackers mixed with some nut skins. Good medium body which picks up some unique bitterness and strength towards the finish. Quite a decent ESB. Smooth, easy, even, and steady subtlities making for some easy drinkin'. truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Very good bitter. the appearance and aroma were wonderful. The flavor was a bit hoppy. Finished nice. UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2003
On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Great place. Had this directly after a Rogue Brutal Bitter, which was probably a bad choice. Good, familiar, bitter/fruity aroma. Deep brassy mahogany color (imagine that) with a thick creamy white head. My mouth is watering. Taste does not disappoint. Tangy hops mingling with rich maltiness. Good body. Definitely a keeper. My only complaint is that I didn't try this sooner.