DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Pours copper, with aroma of malt, caramel, hops. Tastes malty, with some hops, almonds, caramel, and earthiness at the finish. I felt that the hop presence added to the profile here, but I guess they imparted a more IPAishness than an ESBishness. Still, a good beer regardless. obxdude10 (2391) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Not a bad ESB but nothing really to write home about, the hoppiness may have been a little too much for the style, the back end of the flavors & body were really bitter & spicy, deep copper color, decent bubbly white head, nice lacing, good malt profile with hints of nuts & caramel, smooth & drinkable, excellent session beer
Tmoney99 (15120) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Draft at BMRAF 08. Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy caramel & sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Didn't see a John Harvards ESB listed, surprisingly; maybe this is only available at the Providence RI location. This is a very mild, sweet (candy sugar) piney ESB with some nice orangey hoppiness towards the end. Nothing special, but nice. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Taster on tap at brewpub. Cloudy brown with a small head. Smells and tastes sweet. Good balance with floral hops.
Dogbrick (14309) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Firkin version at Barley’s 6th Annual Mini RAF (04/26/08): The beer is a mostly clear dark amber color with a medium thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of malt, nuts and caramel along with a touch of hops. The finish is malty with a light hops aftertaste. Fairly run-of-the-mill overall. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4/26/08: Firkin version at Barley’s 6th Annual Mini RAFapoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Brown- apricot body. Sweet caramel and grapefruit nose. Flavors of citrus, lemon grass and "boiled hops" (boiled hops?? yep. can’t think of another way to explain it). Dry hopped finish.
I am assuming that this is the ESB I had at the John Harvard's in NY. It was pretty drinkable, although there were more malts than hops in the flavor, and it was disappointingly not very bitter at all. More like a cross between a bock and a dry Scottish ale or Brown ale. Thin body. The finish is decent and smooth. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2005
I had this on tap in Manchester, CT. It was dubbed "EKG ESB". I will rate it here. EKG stands for East Kent GOldings, which they used primarily in this. Quite a mild aroma with slight fruitiness and maybe a touch of citrus. This is very faint and not aromatic at all. Transparent copper/amber color with a light tan head. Fruity, vinous start with raisins and cherry notes. Mildly astringent. Finishes with caramel notes and lots of floral hops--this floralness is present in most of the JH’s beers in Manchester. ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2009
On tap at brewhouse. Poured a clear dark amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and hops. Flavors of malt, nuts and caramel along with a touch of hops. The finish is malty with a light hops aftertaste.