Hangover (1136) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Murky light brown pour with a large tan head. Aroma is woodsy, with toasted malts and caramel. Creamy body. Flavor is very malty, slightly metallic, nutty, floral hops. A little sweetness. Lingering, earthy and bitter finish. Good body, ok flavor, a little funky. HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz. bottle thanks to Mario. Aroma: molasses, floral, grass. Palate: bitter finish, sticky texture, average carbonation, medium body. Taste: sweet caramel malt into awesome fruity sweetness, finish is floral bitter. Overall, very smooth, but also pretty cloying. Like it. Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Murky mahogany pour with a khaki creamy head. Sweet fruity esters. Plum, raisins, figs. Slight citrus note behind some roast and sweet biscuit malt note. Up front is sweet fruits rolling into roast before biscuit and dough notes are overwhelmed by the citrus hop presence. Medium light body matches the abv for this one. Not quite an "Extra Special Brown," but a tasty beer none the less. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - DEC 20, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brownish red color with a one finger head of billowy cream colored foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and on the surface of the brew.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a lightly toasted malt smell along with some sweeter caramel and molasses smells. Along with these aromas comes some lighter hop smells, with the hop being mainly of an earthy smell, but also containing some lighter herbal smells as well.
Taste – The taste begins with some sweeter caramel and molasses as well as some light toasted malty bready taste. Along with these flavors there is a little bit of a dark fruit flavor and a hint of a more earthy hop taste. As the taste advances the earthiness grows more intense with it being joined by some other flavors of a light grassy hop. With the earth gaining a decent intensity throughout and mixing rather nicely with the sweet and roast, one is left with a lightly dank bittered but sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweet and dankly bittered taste of the brew, the feel is really quite nice as it accentuates them nicely. Not only that, but it gives a more cask like feel to the brew, which, at least in my opinion, is the best way to enjoy an ESB.
Overall – A nice and quite enjoyable ESB with a good blend of dank earthy hop, sweet, and toasted tastes. A nice drinker overall.
slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"this one stands out just a little from your average esb. a little more flavor, nothing different...just more. tasted fresher, with a nice hop aroma. 4/09 had again, darker than i remember, and just as hoppy...almost more pale-like than esb. nice ale...similar hop profile to the Sweetgrass."
Frank (4193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2014
This is a tasty, stronger brown ale. Not being too careful w/ my pour, this ended up muddy in the glass, more so than most bottle conditioned beers. It has a nice brown color though and a creamy white head of fine bubbles which leaves behind little spots of lace. This is one of those browns that combines roasty notes w/ a good deal of hop character. It smells a bit nutty, toasty and roasty and the hops really come out once you taste it. A small amount of sweetness brings out the pine character and it finishes resinously bitter on the tongue. This is a medium to full bodied beer, I’d say, w/ mild carbonation which works well w/ the combination of flavors. It is a pretty tasty brew overall though I do kind of wish it was just a touch lighter. Erzengel (8724) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2014
Thanks to Chris for bringing this over! The beer starts smooth malty, a bit dusty, smooth, fresh but not like an ESB should be. Not too easy to drink, quite dusty malty with a sweetish-bitter ending. ThirstyBird (2925) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2014
Many thanks to erzengel for sharing!! Pours an orange/red with a tan head. The smell is fruit, cardboard, a bit of nuttiness. The taste is nutty, a bit fruity, some tanginess, a bit dusty ending with some bitterness. Light+ in body with fine carbonation. swesson (453) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2014
On tap at Parry's. I guess I shouldn't have drank this in the same week I had a Fuller's ESB, because it isn't in the same league at all. Medium brown body and 1/2 finger of head. Good lacing. Not a very distinctive aroma, but I pick out some caramel. Tastes of malt and maple nut.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone WVHouseofBeer (1067) - West Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours a nice dark ruby brown color with a frothy tan head. Aromas and flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate and nuts along with good bitterness. Medium bodied. This is almost more of a Brown IPA rather than an Extra Special Brown. Very tasty nonetheless.