maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Not a bad brew, but not my favorite. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small head. Good malts to the nose that almost hint at a bread, but not a lot of bitterness. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very malty with just enough hops to keep it from becoming cloying. Something was slightly off in the aroma, but was not too unpleasant. The malt flavors were the real stars. Sort of British. More hops came out as it warmed, but they were still only supporting players to the malt.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy to murky, medium to dark, brownish orange with a small, cream-colored, head that kept a thin sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel and grain (later); light to moderate floral, herbal and earthy hops; less citrusy lemon hops; toffee; tea; and slight butterscotch. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and slightly acidic with an average duration. There was caramel, tea, toffee, sweet malts, maybe a little honey, lemon citrus hops, earthy and somewhat herbal hops. The medium body was oily and slightly syrupy, but mostly slick with fizzy carbonation and lightly metallic and dry finish. DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle, shared with Grippitis. Burnt orange colour with a lively beige head. Aroma is caramel with orchard fruit hops. Flavours of caramel, cooked apple, peachy nuances. Tea-like bitterness. Decent enough, but a little gassy. Gachupines (1252) - USA - JUN 30, 2014
Muddy brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is a bit sweet, a bit of toffee and toasted nuts. Flavor is a bit sweet, there’s notes of caramel and toffee and a touch of bitterness in the finish. It gets close to being a bit cloying for an ESB which is a bit unfortunate. A tiny amount of brightness from the hops. Not bad, but could be a bit cleaner on the palate.
Wife: 3.6 BeerandBlues2 (13645) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours clear orange with a small, fizzy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is fruity and pine, floral hops, biscuit malt with fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, medium malt and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Small white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some bread, strawberry, light lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, lime, orange, some bread/biscuit. Light-medium body, low carbonation. Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 8, 2012
22 ounce bomber thanks to Mike. Honey, fruity, bready, slight toffee. A nice, well made beer. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pours a very hazy, dark golden amber color with burnt orange edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with a strong malt character and a subtle crisp hop presence. Hints of bread/biscuit as well as some caramel and toffee countered by slightly grassy hops. As it warns, a subtle fruit character comes forward. Not bad smelling but kind of bland.
Medium bodied and much more flavorful and interesting that the aroma suggests. Surprisingly hop forward providing a nice dry bitterness that counters the strong malt sweetness. Resinous with a grassy/piny flavor along with a slight citrus character. This is countered mid-palate by sweet malt with hints of caramel and toffee. As in the nose, the fruit notes become more apparent in the finish as it warms. Decently balanced and easy to drink with a slightly dry finish. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, with a hint of pine and earth from the hops. The flavor is very similar. There is a good dose of sweet biscuit malt, as well as some toffee, earth, grass and a hint of pine. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Bomber. Pours a copper with a beige head and aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is malty, with caramel, hops, grain, and bread notes into the malty finish.