gringo332 (639) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2013JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 22, 2017
Pours a dark, cloudy amber with an unusual yellowish, bubbly head, that dissipates quickly. Sour and malty, moderate hops. It’s okay but I still don’t really get the appeal of the style.
Copper color with a smallish, stable dense head of taupe bubbles. Aromas of brown sugar dominate. Some spruce and dark fruit in the background. Light sweet start, with hints of light caramel, juniper berries and lightly toasted rye bread. Just enough complexity to keep it interesting. 8/13
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. An ESB for a 25th anniversary? I don’t get it.
3.75 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good and a moderate amount of irregular lacing is left.
3.25 S: This smells more like a baby barleywine than an ESB. Caramel left, right, and center. A touch of toffee as well. Lots of fruitiness with emphasis on overripe peach and candied apples. This doesn’t have any of the mineral, toastiness, or earthy qualities that you might find in an actual ESB.
3.25 T: The taste is closer to an ESB in that it tastes like an amber ale. Layers of caramel, some toffee, lots of light fruits again, and a touch of toastiness. Sweet, but not overly so. Light booziness throughout.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety creaminess on the verge of being chewy. I prefer ESBs to be more crisp, but then again this isn’t an ESB, so it works okay.
3.25 D: It doesn’t work as an ESB. That’s for sure. Otherwise, it’s decent, but nothing special and certainly not 25th anniversary special.
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DavoleBomb, Jul 11, 2013 crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2014
A slightly hazy amber body with a thin off white head that had nice retention and lace. Aroma had s nice toasted malt presence upfront. A slight estery sense and a bit of bitter hops. Flavor seemed to have good balance between toasted malts and slightly bitter hops. Estery flavors were mold but did not add to the beers flavor. Nice smooth finish.
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Amber pour with a white head. Aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with touches of dried fruits. Flavor is crisp upfront with some roasty characteristics coming out as it leaves your mouth. Very easy to drink. bigtaster (969) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2014
From bottle gold yellow. Nose has fruit grass. Easy drinking beer, light and light flavors. Very good.
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
Tap. Pours orange amber with creamy off head. Some lacing. Nose is fruits, dough, and caramel. Taste is sweet with a bitter aftertaste. hayduke (5187) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Courtesy of trade from Doran. Pours a clear amber with off-whirte head. Nose of roasted malts. MEdium body. Smooth in the mouth. Flavor sis malty with some floral hops. Dry bitter finish/ Good ESB. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
bottle - This brew has a rich caramel aroma and a resiny caramel malt flavor with mild bitterness. It’s medium bodied, well balanced, and good. Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca, FL. Snifter at home. Pours a deep amber with mostly haze and a thin eggshell head. No real lacing. Aroma of bread, cereal, spice, wheat toast, lavender. The taste was bread, cereal, light spice (lavender), toasted malt. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Medium light in body. Medium carbonation. Overall a good ESB. KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2014
12oz Bottle.The pour was a cloudy medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light cream colored rocky head that diminished at a normal pace, down to a medium wispy film and collar and had decent spotty lacing.
The aroma was a tad mild with a light bread malt, herbal hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), caramel, brown sugar, a light fruity ester and a mild nuttiness.
The taste was very similar to the aroma starting off with a light sweet maltiness along with a hint of caramel and a light fruity presence at first, then a light hoppiness crept in with a touch of citrus all leading up to a nice mildly bitter nutty finish. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for an average time following the swallow, with a bitter fruity nutty taste left behind.
Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a somewhat dry texture and an almost medium carbonation.
Overall this was a decent enough brew, with a nice fruity sweetness that eventually gives way to a mild nutty bitterness at the end. Making this a rather tasty and enjoyable drinking experience...