mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2006
2006 cask on tap @ FS; a cloudy amber copper with a minimal off-white head, great lacing. Aroma of hops, floral, some spice. Taste follows the same, nice bitter bite with a very smooth finish. A great ESB, recommended. Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2005
At the brewery...Solid E.S.B. Compares favorably to Fuller’s. Hoppy like Free State’s normal Pale Ale, yet lighter with more flavor. Nice crisp bitter finish. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Reddish color, off white head. Malty/hoppy aroma. The beer starts out with sweet malty flavors and it morphs into a mild hoppiness with floral notes. Somewhat bitter and dry finish. Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
At the brewpub ... Dark copper red. Caramel aroma. Rusty and almost nutty caramels with a medium bitterness. Decent. Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2004
This is a very accomplished bitter. Nice complexity in the aroma, fruity and caramel in classic proportions. Wonderful hop essence, a nice touch over and above the English norm. Not much bitterness effect in the flavor--there is some, but it isn’t of the lingering "mouthfeel"/astringent variety, only a nice dry departure from the tastebuds. Carbonation is somewhat subtle, with a smooth palate. Excellent interpretation of the style.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Wonderful roasty, evident English hop aroma. Signature Free State in terms of quality. I'm glad they kept the hops under control. Head lingered even after poured from a growler that had been opened for 12+ hours. Perfect amount of carbonation and lasting cereal/bready finish. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Tangy, fruity aroma, with a moderate amount of herbal and spicy hop and developing degrees of earthiness and cedar-like woodiness. Darker orange-amber color, clear, persistent head and lacing. Flavor profile is hoppy and fruity with a touch of demerara sugar mid-point and a dry, bittersweet, moderately astringent finish. Aftertaste is reminiscent of tea leaves and tangerine. Decent balance. Medium bodied and quite smooth on the palate.