heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Malty, caramelly aroma, some earthy juicy fuggley hops. Heavy crystal malt flavor. Very sweet, with a lightly soapy hop flavor. Clean, moderate bitterness. A hint of alcohol. A little disjointed for true sessionability, but decent nonetheless. Suttree (6415) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Cloudy brown, hardly any head. Really nice aroma of caramel and maple, with a faint wineyness in the background. Full bodoed, piney, earthy bitterness balanced out with a caramel sweetness (that was my nickname when I played ABA basketball in the 70’s), Sticky, resiny finish. Tasty session brew. Thanks to Indana_Red for the trade! DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in Carmel Mountain/San Diego, CA) A good example of "generic, entry-level, micro-brewed beer", this golden ale is mildly flavorful, moderately sweet, mildly malty and minimally hoppy, but definitely lacking character or distinctiveness. The aroma shows some stinkiness, and well, not much else. Light to medium body, just kind of exists, failing to excite the palate. Light golden color with a slight haziness. Off-white head was small, despite a rather vigorous pour, and subsided to a very small rim, leaving only a few, minute patches of lace. Sadly, thanks to the shithead policy at Bevmo, I had to buy a six-pack of this stuff. Good for parties where the guests just grab a random beer out of the cooler. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is honey amber with a thin tan head...smell is sweet caramel...taste is more aggressively bitter than most ESBs...good... heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Very dark ruby colored body. I like the light off white head that has an orange tinit. The aroma is rich with black tea leaves, toffee and some old musty leaves. SImilar to a marzen, but with that rich yet subtle fruit character in a bitter. The taste is dark chocolate and tea. There is also some roasted peanuts. A toasty finsh makes this like a lighter porter. I like this one a lot.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bronze color nice tan well alced head.. Pleasantly hoppy aroma grass and citurs hints of orange rind and carmel. a vg pal w/ some ok coating. Lightly bitter grapefruit and fresh grass w/ some carmel and toffee. a good session beer. Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Pretty redwood color with a nice beige rocky head. Outstanding caramel-hoppy aroma. Tart and enticing ... citric hoppiness starts it off, and it’s rounded off with a piney, woody bitterness. Excellent. Ratman197 (14970) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle poured a clear brown with a small amber head. Aromas of dark bread, carmel, and some pine and bitter citrus. Palate was medium bodied smooth and a bit dry. Flavors of carmel, a hint of coca, and then the bitter citrus hops kick in. A very tasty ESB! BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Clear amber appearance, good head formation. Cookie, caramel malts aroma with plenty of piney hop, grapefruit citrus. Initially sweet flavor, caramel, candy cane with plenty of grapefruit hop citrus kicking in late then taking over in the aftertaste. A little thin in body, especially for the style, but very tastey stuff. pinkzambia (1933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle: This has a lovely dark, amber clear coloe with lots o’ lacing all over the glass. It wasn’t as bitter as most ESB’s but was still exquisite. You could taste the alcohol even though the level isn’t high. The sweetness also brought to mind rich, dark brown sugar and molasses. Not only is it sweeter than other ESB’s, its bigger than others too. As far as bitterness though, I did start to pick up on some grapefruit flavors toward the end. The feel is thin and easy to drink. Good.