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 donít come across terribly strongly.
T: Taste-wise, Iím 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, itís gorgeously balanced, with just a suggestion of depth to keep it interesting. Didnít 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, Iíll call it a wash. This one is easy to drink.
O: Iíd say itís the best ESB Iíve ever had, even with the qualifiers of A) the style doesnít tickle my fancy, and B) I havenít had enough good offerings of the style for it to tickle my fancy in the first place. Out of personal preference, Iíd much rather have their London Porter; but just in terms of objective quality, theyíre at the same level.
maar (16) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle.
Light, fruity, and dry aroma. The taste is bitter and fruity with a somewhat dry finish. Clean, crisp mouthfeel and goes down easy. Itís a refreshing beer thatís still full with flavour.
Khosrove (5) - LATVIA - FEB 18, 2017 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean malty taste, pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweet but balanced, very drinkable.
FinnIckler (240) - GERMANY - FEB 15, 2017
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from maruhn. Pours clear reddish brown. Nose is honey, Citrus. Palate is smooth, honey, wheat, Malt backbone. Quite nice, not very exiting, but not every beer has to be ;)
thejackpacker (217) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. A fabulous beer that has achieved the perfect combination of hops and malts, the speciality malt bringing that cosy, toffee flavour to the table. A true taste of England.
AnG_BrgNor (626) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden to orange colour with some lasting foam. Aroma is malt, fruity hops and some caramalt. Taste is pretty much like the aroma. Hops is more grassy, and like bitters usually is, its not very bitter at all.
mrjez (557) - Osaka, JAPAN - FEB 2, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sake no Taniguchi. Pours a clear brown-copper with low light beige head. Big sweetness off the top of the aroma, honey, nut, toffee. The flavour shows more fruitiness to go with the rich caramel malts, marmalade sweetness, great late showing of hop bitterness and citrus. Really effervescent and hoppy but balanced out with some malt chewiness. I used to find this way too bitter in my formative years, now itís bitey and refreshing.
ludos68 (44) - - JAN 29, 2017
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Birra dallíaccattivante color ramato, limpidissima, ha come carattristica principale líequilibrio tra le varie componenti aromatiche.
Korcz (2315) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 27, 2017
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Klasyka.
schavuitje (176) - APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2017
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
ik zie een beetje wazig bruin met een oranje gloed. De kop is gebroken wit en vol, opgebouwd uit mooie kleine belletjes
in de neus lichte tonen van een gras boeket hop in de verte beetje karamel ,maar vooral graan
ik proef zachte tonen van hout en eik en iets verder in de laag toffee en karamel
de beste ESB die ik tot nu geproefd heb
JoTheO (157) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2017
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2017 Pint from keg. Brown mahogany with a fairly dense offwhite head. Roasted malts gives the expected caramel notes. A bit sweeter than expected. Plenty of biscuits or butter cookies in the taste. A pint of this with a plate of Fish&Chips gets my mind over to Olí Blighty...