ChadPolenz (1747) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 BJCP Category: 11C Strong Bitter
AROMA: Sweet nose of amber malt, red apple, some butterscotch (acceptable). Floral hops quite strong. 10/12
APPEARANCE: Polished copper hue; mostly clear. Small off-white head. 3/3
FLAVOR: Bready/biscuity malt profile with moderate sweetness. Slight caramel or candy apple flavor is accentuated by a confectionery taste on the back end. Hop presence is medium-low; some floral character and supportive bitterness for balance. Minor lingering dry hops/starch. No alcohol presence. 17/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and quaffable. Bit too heavy at 5.9% 4/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Classic British pub ale that holds up after all these years for good reason. 9/10
TOTAL SCORE: 43/50
NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.
Alebarasi (51) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - OCT 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky amber-brown body with taupe foam. Low carbonation. Decent lacing. Subtle floral and fruity aroma. Similar taste to it - aromas of biscuits, toffee, caramel, malt, roast and also whiskey. Rich flavors, canít argue with that. Excellent one!
ston3s42 (233) - - SEP 30, 2016
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden appearance with little head. Absolutely no aroma. Tastes of hopped caramel, dry peach, citrusy fruits, booze and anise. Light body, medium carbonation and a bitter finish of caramel. Anise!
DraftDodger (1218) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copenhagen 21/5 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Blue label with no less than 5 gold medals and the very modest by-line "Champion Ale". Pours clear amber with small white head. Settles as fine thin layer of foam. Aroma is quite strong. Caramel, soap and quite pronounced sourness with hints of citrus. Soft carbonation and watery palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by more distinct bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. A nice bitter edge in this very easily drinkable ESB.
Fullpintofbeer (257) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Small just a bit off-white head, dark gold/amber colour, clear. Aroma of malts, caramel, also bit of berries. Lightly sweet taste with bitter finish. Light body, average carbonation. Nicely refreshing, pretty good.
Scrumpy369 (573) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2016 Bottle at home. Clear reddish amber colour good white head. Nose is caramelly slightly sour. Taste is medium sweetness light bitternrss. Light fruity notes. Oily mouthfeel, good carbonation. Noce esb.
Villyzzz (228) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at pub. Beautiful amber color with small beige head. Aroma is malty caramel with a little bit of herbal hops. Taste is full of malts and a little sweet with mild hops. Really good beer, not very special but still amazing.
kdd230 (44) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500cl. bottle in Mae Kasa, Thailand. Pours a dark amber. Caramel aroma with malt. Grassy, fruity taste with the caramel again. Tends to a watery mouthfeel but pleasant with the interesting flavours.. Soft carbonation. Even with stiff competition these days this beer stands its ground.
StevieT (1868) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle. The slight spiciness of the yeast is interesting, otherwise a classic of the style.
melush (3288) - SPAIN - AUG 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Cervezas Diferentes, Coslada, Spain.
T: Malt, sweet, slightly bitter.