Ernest (7658) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2017
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with notes of earth and autumn leaves.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
An earthy malt-forward example...despite the hops being exactly my type, they’re just too much in the background to offer much brightness or allure. Watery and sweet in the mouth, without enough of the expected bitterness to balance the sugars properly (this doesn’t exactly put the B in ESB). Might be better fresh on draft, though...seems like the brewing skills here are solid enough. thegreenrooster (4364) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Pour is a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is a nutty and chocolate malt. Not a huge aroma. Flavor is some mild caramel and earthy malt. Just like the aroma not a huge flavor. Kind of going in the right direction but this lacks some oomph. Double the ingredients used and you may have something here. oobawa (1301) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Pretty terrible ESB, lacking both the fruity funk of English yeast and any discernible American hop stupidity. Looks like a cask ale, tastes like a mild, slightly nutty golden ale, and the finish seems lost. In dire need of a continent to call its own. Westchesterco (2035) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2016
On draft at Pangea Tavern in Avon NC. It is a clear Amber color with a slight head the aroma is malty and the taste iis strong flavor of toffee with a light bitter finish
Iphonephan (6946) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2016
On draft at Pangea Tavern in Avon NC. Pours a hazy brown with an off white head. Nutty nose. Flavors of toffee. Light bitter finish.
Darwenus (1112) - Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Not a bad bitter, but not really anything special. It pours caramel brown with a little bit of suds. The aroma is creamy, nutty, a little hint of floral hops and maple. The flavor is mildly sweet and malty, just a hint of caramel and toasted malt. BrewBrain (169) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Can to pint glass. Aroma is toast, herb. Clearish brown with reddish tinge. Malt dominant slight caramel or toffee taste with modest bittering. Low carbonation. ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown with fuzzy white head. Aroma of caramel and maple. Tastes of caramel, bitter hops and malts. Lots of carbonation. Sweet finish. Very good.
Clarkdvm (505) - Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Can in Fl. Make up your mind. Esb or amber. Minimal bitters. Minimal caramel. No chocolate like one person thought they noted. Sort of flat. Avg. Boring kingaugusta (270) - Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Pours clear copper with a small tan head. Nose is light caramel and some floral hops. Flavor is much bolder with a big hit of brown malts and moderate hop bitterness. Finish is a little bittersweet and spiced with licorice. A little odd and very English.