Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2010
bottle... Clear deep copper pour , decent off white head , excellent lacing . Aroma is a nice blend of malt and grass . Flavor is earthy and woodsy with a balance of caramel malt sweetness . Medium body and carbonation . Finish is dry and a touch metallic . SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 2, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a rich caramel color with a small egg shell colored head. Head recedes but a small ring is retained throughout. Lots of bubbles race upwards. Nose is lightly nutty, very earthy with some def notes of like peanut brittle, caramel. Palate is full with a nice dirty finish and a sticky residue. Flavor is earthy hop tones and nutty richness, some caramel and sugary notes. rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2010
Malty aroma with a light amount of hops. Clear orange color with a small tan head. Light bitter beginning with the bitterness and sweetness getting strong in the finish. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
22oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Grassy and clean nose, with a good nip of malt and some clear British malt. Pours a very clear henna-brown, with a wispy and lacy clean white head. Spicy, woodsy fugglesque hop flavor throughout, relatively mild and a little musky. Snappy, dry grass bitterness on the back end closes out a fresh, supremely drinkable session beer. A super-fresh, right-from-the-fields hop juiciness glows in the smack. Delicious and tasty, but nothing mind-bending. thornecb (5914) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2010
Pours dark orange amber into an English pint. Off-white micro head with excellent retention leaves spot lacing as it recedes to coat surface. Toasted marshmallow and candy corn aromas. Soft with front to back sour fruits and caramel. Lasting bitter sourdough finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010
Pours an exceptionally clear amber with a thick but small cream-colored head that fades down to a swirl and leaves only a bit of stringy lacing.
Aroma is impressive for the style with some sweet citrus in the form of oranges and light grassy notes. The toasted caramel malts are present but not as dominant as I was expecting. There is also more fruitiness like some sugar-coated apples or something. Very sweet for an ESB.
The taste is not as impressive as the hops are much less fruity and have only a faint earthy spiciness up front before the toasted bready malts and caramel take over. The finish has some sugary fruit but not nearly as much as the aroma suggested. Finish is fairly dry with a near-metallic bitterness.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for the style with a more sugary presence than most ESBs. It’s probably a tad fuller than most as well.
It’s an original take on the style and the delta hops are something I heven’t experienced much. I definitely think it gives the beer, especially the aroma, a unique character. Better than I was expecting. TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2010
Nice to know I am one of the first to rate this one. First off this is a lovely orange copper ale with a fast dissipating head. The aroma on this is the best part. Really does have a fruitiness that mixes with some caramel and warming spice. flavor is pretty weak but u get some of that grass and bitterness and has an earthy mud finish with bitterness as well. light bodied. Smells better than it tastes but might be my favorite 100 barrel series so far. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. I have seen very few of the 100 Barrel Series beers at Green’s. I don’t understand the occasional appearance of these beers. This beer is pretty nice lookin’ for an ESB. Brown/amber color with a rather fluffy head. The head is slowly fading away. This beer looks pretty good. Light blend of pine and citrus hop aroma. The citrus hop is more apparent than the questionably apparent pine hop aroma. Fruity hop aroma is kicking in. Light sweet malt aroma is backing up the hops rather nicely. More of a fruit hop flavor, with a hint of bitterness lingering throughout. Very easy to drink, if you ask me. Fruity hop flavor kicks in, and gives a nice lingering bitter flavor. I appreciate the relatively thin texture of bitters, and this one doesn’t fail to deliver. Hop profile is extremely nice, and it sticks with you the entire time. Bittering hop is just enough to keep your taste buds happy. I am really digging how easy this is to drink. Damn good brew, with an exceptionally solid hop profile. The texture isn’t something that I am crazy about, but oh well. This one is quite sessionable.