VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Shining copper. Thin, gluey light tan head. Slow streaming carbonation. Fresh ESB aroma of toffee, caramel, butterscotch and wisp of nuts and fruits. Initially crisp with a thick malt depth. Toffee and roasted caramel, dry nut skins and a dollop of cherry. Medium body. Smooth, mellow and satisfying. Mostly dry, with nut skins and roasted malts lingering long into the aftertaste. Mild mowed hay hop balance. Finishes drier, woody with more of a roasted hint. Another CT gem. 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. Braudog (6945) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle: It pours with a reddish-orange hue and a thin head. The aroma is fruity, almost like grape juice. The beer drinks with a unique malty tone -- fruity, but also earthy and woodsy, with an almost mapley aspect and a sweet grapey pull. The finish is incredibly dry with a hoppy little pinch. Although this beer doesn’t present any overt greatness, the sum of its parts make it quite the delicious brew. This would pair well with just about any American fare -- I’m craving a big juicy burger! (#3220, 11/25/2007) 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'. 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.
paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
A: snifter. pours a really nice opaque pale mahogany color. gorgeous dark khaki colored head with a typical/expected retention level. moderate lacing.
S: some apple and caramel notes from the malts, with a nice solid hoppy addition. some light citrus brought in from the hops.
T: very well-balanced. a little bittersweet, with more hops to me. I get some fruits, mostly apples, and some nutty notes, as well as a hint of butterscotch. very nice flavors from an ESB.
M: full bodied, mild carbonation level. very complex palate for the style, bitters and sweetness invigorate the tongue.
D: very nice brew, well worth getting and enjoying. would definitely drink again.
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. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a light maple syrup color with moderate head. Decent amount of hops in the beginning with a bready malt finish. Nice and bitter with a delicious earthiness. Better than I expected. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 29, 2006
On tap at the Connecticut Brew Fest. Clear copper pour with a beige head. Unique nose and flavor - hard to place. Like walnut, malt and an herbal bitter. Interesting. DYCSoccer17 (3719) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
12 ounce bottle. Sweet, candy-like sugary aroma with plenty of floral notes as well as some melon aromas as well. Kinda smells like honeydew. There is also some breadiness to this. Not so sure about the aroma on this guy. Mildly hazy orangey-amber color with a nice, frothy off-yellowish head. I think calling this mahogany is a bit too much. Nevertheless, this is attractive. Very toasted and grainy flavors to start. Plenty of nice, nutty maltiness. Very chewy body. Finishes with a nice, distinctive bitter hoppiness, which is followed by again some more burnt flavors. A wonderful session brew, but unfortunately the aroma is a little suspect.