Nikokaoja (409) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - DEC 9, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. It slowly fades to a thin film, and leaves some (not much) lacing on the glass. Generally, an attractive beer.
S: At first, I notice rich caramel, brown sugar, and earthy hops. Then the aroma permutes into something wonderfully fruity. I really enjoy the cherry, apple, and grape esters this provides. I mean, really, REALLY enjoy them, even if they don’t come across terribly strongly.
T: Taste-wise, I’m not a fan of the style; but this one works quite well. Vaguely sweet caramel maltiness provides the backbone, supported by an initial hit of tart, fruity esters. Drying hops and faint diacetyl finish this one off. If anything, it’s gorgeously balanced, with just a suggestion of depth to keep it interesting. Didn’t live up to the aroma, however.
M: Dry and crisp, though some toffee flavors linger on the palate somewhat. Carbonation could be upped a hair to make it cleaner, though - given the way the complex flavors shift on the aftertaste, I’ll call it a wash. This one is easy to drink.
O: I’d say it’s the best ESB I’ve ever had, even with the qualifiers of A) the style doesn’t tickle my fancy, and B) I haven’t had enough good offerings of the style for it to tickle my fancy in the first place. Out of personal preference, I’d much rather have their London Porter; but just in terms of objective quality, they’re at the same level.
9. 12. 2017, Ljubljana. Bottled. Served a bit underchilled. Aroma held back, hints of corn. Colour is dark orange/amber with off-white head with some retention. Taste is somewhat malty sweet in the beginning, not intense, swallowing creeps in fine bittering which lingers and rings out slowly in the aftertaste. Nice. Med bodied, even thin a bit, easy dryish finish. Good under proper circumstances, but just not my favourite style. p0urmeac0ld0ne (312) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Pre RateBeer review from 1001 Beers book. Noted as a 4/5 rating, with no additional comments. martpez (351) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2017
Amber beer with lots of malt sweetness and some dry hoppiness in the finish. Dont really get its rating a fairly standard strong amber ale. Zilverenmaan (308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2017
Aroma and taste mostly sweetish malts at first, some caramel, some apple, subtle fruity hops, somewhat grainy MF, light bitter finish. Starts of a bit too sweet for my taste but surprisingly complex. beergearbox (121) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2017
deepdrinker (323) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
O England! - model to thy inward greatness,
Like little body with a mighty heart.
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 Pours amber in colour with aromas of caramel , dried fruits . Tastes complex / powerful . Great beer bedzinianin06 (601) - - NOV 24, 2017
Gęsta piana. Barwa ciemnej miedzi. W aromacie słodowe, z fajnymi nutami ziołowymi chmielu i nutami owocowymi. Goryczka wyraźna, na średnim poziomie. Średnie nagazowanie. W smaku słodowe i chmielowe. phfyysik (1464) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 23, 2017
Bottle. Pours copper with light white head. Aroma is dry, cardboard, hay, brass, cereals, clear, potato, butter. Taste is soft, clear, caramel, hay, fruits, raisins, cardboard, brass, some sweetness, flat, malty. Superb beer! brewtalita (348) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 22, 2017
Wonderful golden color, crisp with low head. Aroma earthy and wood with distinct hop character. Palate medium with low carbonation. Easily drinkable and balanced with toasty character with hop aftertaste. Great sipper tomandoaltura (363) - - NOV 20, 2017
Apariencia : ámbar intenso/cobre (aprox. 15 SRM) translúcido. Cabeza color blanco hueso con buena retención y encaje.
Nariz : malta y ligero butterscotch con delicado lúpulo floral
Boca : carácter maltoso, amargor medio (aprox. 35 IBU) balanceado por tenue dulzor. Cuerpo medio, ligero. Buena carbonatación.