davidwel (9) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2006 does not count
I miss this! When I lived in DC I think this was may favorite local brew! Nice hops and a crisp finish! The malts are complex without being over the top. A well crafted ESB hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2003
This beer rocks!
Beautiful, clear mohogany color.
The flavor is of caramel malt with a mild, pleasant pungency.
Perfectly balanced. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
Delicious Bitter!! argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Bidy is muddy brown with smallish head. Aroma is moderately sweet and nutty. Taste is roasted nutty and moderately sweet, with hint of raisin. Mid-course, it turns from a nut brown to an ESB as some good grapefruit/floral comes to the fore. Very unusual beer, but very good. The brewer ultimately decided to categorize this one as an ESB, as he couldn't decide where it belongs. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Hazy crimson amberish, thin fizzy white head. Nose held notes of citrus, caramel, and hints of toffee. It certainly was well balanced with citrus hops up front and sweetened caramel malt lying just below the surface. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying fruity hop finish. Good session beer if 6.5% fits in your definition of "session beer"... CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
On nitro: Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a well-lacing frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malt and fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and rich malty sweetness balanced with a pretty assertive grapefruity hoppiness for the style before a crisp bittersweet finish. A nice and very drinkable ESB.
lamas (1655) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2005
On tap. Hazy, leathery light-brown pour with a very small light-tan head that leaves webs of lace. Aroma is quite faintly of nuts, sweet malts and some hops. Medium-bodied. BIG tastes to this one. Some chocolate, nuts and caramel are present along with more hops than usual for this style. The tongue-stripping, hoppy finish is quite bitter and lingers forever. A unique and extremely flavorful ESB. l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Pours a dark cloudy amber. Gentle aroma of citrus hops. Flavor is a solid malt backbone, with some malty sweetness and strong complex hops flavors - citrus, grapefruit, grassy, floral. Hoppy yet not too bitter. Tasty ESB. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Dark amber body, lots of off white lacing. A good amount of caramel toffee malt aroma and flavor backed up with a generously juicy hop profile. Very easy drinking. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 On tap at the brewpub. cloudy dark amber with hop aroma. good esb - finish is bitter on sides of tongue. good palate. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Cask and force-carbonated tap at the brewpub. Red-brown colored. Light malt and english hops in the aroma, with a powerful honey sweetness in the cask version. The flavor is clean and relatively dry caramel malt with a firm hoppy bitterness. The cask version has a sweet honey component adding to this, along with a more grassy aromatic hop character. medium bodied, with lower carbonation in the cask, but not too low. I preferred the regular version and will score according to that, as the cask had too much residual honey for my taste, though some might like the component that it adds.