nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
On tap at the Palmer House in Chicago. Pours a dark shade of amber with a tan head. Smells predominantly of toasted malt. Tastes of further malt, assorted nuts, caramel, and faint bourbon. Suprisingly good. Does not approximate an ESB to me at all, though, so they might have had this mislabeled. Much more like a nut brown. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle at Edgewater Lounge. Pours a coppery brown with a sticky head. Nose is herbal and grassy, very continental. On taste, bready and quite bitter. Clean bitterness that is soft but distinct. mild EKG notes. Light metallic note and again, bready. Nice minimal roast as well. Tasty stuff. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2009
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Café. Wallingatan, Stockholm. Rubyish amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, fruityness as well as some wooden and mildly syrpy notes. Flavour is wood, some berries, mild sourness as well as some grassy bitterness kicking in as well.
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 Bottled (brewed at Sand Creek Brewing, WI) at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Mahogany colour, rich head. Cardboard aroma. Sweet fruity and well rounded. Mildly syrupy with primitive crystal malt covered in too thin layers of floral hops to hide the severe shortcomings. Light resiny bitterness. Pointless wishy-washy pseudo-micro showcasing only cardbaord and resin. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 draught at 2009 oak park micro brew and food review. soft, sweet nose of lightly developed roast. very dark pour for style. many similarities in aroma and appearance to a brown ale. big hops in flavor to back light toffee malt. nice amped up version of the style.
re-rate, bottle: hops are subtle at best, nearly anesthetized. what was once the intense british hop aromas are now nearly sloppy malt. what happend? my bottled sample could not have been that far off fresh.
drowland (8888) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2009
12oz bottle into a pint glass. I had this at a brewing party and didn’t keep any written notes beyond the numbers, unfortunately. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours an amber brown with a creamy beige head. Old grainy malt with citrus, pine, and an odd doughy malt. The caramel/toffee malts have a strange flavor like coffee with citrus and pine that do not blend together too well. Bitter pine hops in the finish that become gross with the odd malts. BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
Draft. Pours orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is of hops, citrus, pine, and caramel. Taste is of bitter hops and citrus with a nice caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. Finish was very dry. This beer is nothing extraordinary, it’s just a nice easy drinking beer. naivepegasus (388) - USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours a copper amber with about a finger and a half of beige head. Sweet caramel malts in the odor. Starts off with a watery mouthfeel that then turns into a brief hit of hops in the back of the palate, which lingers throughout the aftertaste. Refreshing, decent ESB sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Tasted 3/10/09. Filtered with an amber hue. Moldy ring of off-white head. Aromas of faint hops and mild caramel malts. Medium bodied with light malts and a lingering toasty character. Mild hops that actually pack quite a punch, albeit short lived. Nice palate roll from the malts to the hops and finishing with traces of both. Touch soapy and rye bready. Faint sweetness. This is a solid drink. Fresh and solid.