HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fully Toasty aroma, full head and a sparkling amber glow from the glass. First sip starts sweet fills the mouth with doughy flavor and finishes sharp and clean. ESB isnít my number 1 style but this beer makes me think about a re-evaluation. Very satisfying
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sanctuary, Iowa City. Slightly hazy amber, nice, thin head. Aroma is spicy malt, nice toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Finishes bitter, but not overly so. Hops, yesat, malt, all mingle well. This was really enjoyable after a long drive.
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bitter. Sweet aroma with a nice full flavor. Pleasing color and sufficient head.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red amber in color. White head. Tast from toffee. Has a sweet ramoma. A well bodied beer.
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper color with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Has a toffee, caramel aroma with a nice bitter taste. Good bitter.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good looking brew, light brown color with a full, off-white head. The aroma is caramel malts, some sweetness, and a solid spicy topping. Very smooth in the mouth. Tasty sweet malts blanced with pome fruits, herbs, and a nice hop bitterness. Slighty sour aftertaste, but not offensively so. A good ESB.
TheFnTexan (14) - Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
I really wanted to like this beer. Itís pretty when poured and has a wonderful aroma. The taste ruined the whole thing though, unfortunately. Horrible aftertaste that made me not even want to take the next drink.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beautiful color especially in the La Chouffe glass. The head is large and thick and coats the glass nicely.
The aroma is awesome. Sweet hot buttered toffee with caramel and honey along with a very herbal hop profile.
I am considering this as a learning experience and not a tasting because I am really trying to understand this style.
Iím struggling to identify flavors and get through this one. Nice sweet carmelized malt taste with a lot of light fruits but I am struggling with the hops and the yeast in this one as both give the beer an herbal/mineral/antibiotic flavor. This tastes like mineral water....not beer. Blah.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite ESBs. Attractive amber color, with a nice creamy head. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Malty, sweet tastes w/ a bitter aftertaste. Very nice.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 On tap at the Pub Italia in Ottawa. Redish brown color. medium, creamy white head and nice lacing. Very interesting aroma of spicy hops, precisely Golding hops, and caramel. Great, crisp, balanced flavor of spicy hops (Golding) and strong caramel malt. Moderate bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, slightly oily texture. This beer is simply amazing, very well balanced.