omhper (25095) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2006
Draught at the brewpub (9%). Clear brownish amber. Fruity toffee aroma with some gingersnaps. Sweet with lots of caramel and molasses as well as dough and red berries. The hop rate is low. A warming beer with a lot going on, but also a bit too sweet and mushy. fiulijn (20491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Draught at the brewpub, 10 ozOakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Dark amber to brown color, cloudy, with small head. The aroma is not much developed; it had a solid malt and caramel flavor, and orangey resiny hops. I would prefer less yeast presence, but it’s a good beet anyway.
Draught, at the brewpubbu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Slight haze. Reddish-brown colour. Rather butterscotchy aroma with a little bit of malt. Palate is rich and malty, with butterscotch (much less than in the aroma, thankfully), earth, a hint of pine, and plenty of toffee. Chewily sweet finish. Alcohol lingers late on the palate. Despite the problematic aroma, this is actually quite a good ESA.
(12oz. bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a deep amber body with no head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and old books. Flavor of caramel malt, toffee, cherry, rum, and raisins. 3fourths (9341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 2003 vintage. Has an exceptionally nice aroma full of juniper, scotch, light alcohol apparency, with some resiny, grassy porter-style roasted malts. Resiny coating, super rich and peaty up front, slightly buzzing the tongue. Great flavor, and the hops are quite evident. Rich and structured and robust without being chewy. 2.5 years old at the time of sampling, and it held up very well. I don’t buy that most mid-to-high strength American ales improve with age, or even hold up well, but this one was amazing with a couple of years.
drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
First rating the numbers were considerabley lower, about 3.7 overall. It was a different experience.
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Dark brown pour with a small head. Bold, rich, fruity aroma with plenty of dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. Even richer flavor with sweet caramels, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. Not bad! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Slightly hazy rubied dark amber with thin but fairly dense and creamy grayish head. Light lace. Earthy, leathery and leafy hoppy piney nose. Medium and very smooth body with soft carb. This is definitely squarely on the bitter side of the street for an ESA. Earth, leaves, leather, light pine and fair resin shine through the mid-palate. Mild, slightly toasty finish. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
2003 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with no head exposing a hazy amber body. Aroma of raisins, caramel, alcohol and some cardboard. Taste is sweet toffee, brown sugar, maple caramel, raisin and cake. Syrupy mouthfeel and no real carbonation to speak of. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 26, 2005
bottled. copper brown colour. decent pine and orange rind aroma, quite full, slightly woody, vanilla character. some raisins and port but thankfully not ridiculously sticky, just could use more bitterness. pretty festive anyway Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Many thanks to Eric for the 2003 bottle! Poured deep, hazy mahogany with a short cap of beige head (mostly a loose-bubbled ring). The aroma picked up sweet, toasty molasses, honey, and cane sugar with oxidation providing complexity rather than hurting the experience.. sticky-sweet and malty, with any semblance of hops long gone. The flavor found molasses, honey, and rum character at the core, laced with dry black peppery alcohol and some oxidation.. sticky on the finish with a warm, boozed up brownie impression.. tasty stuff! Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. nicely warming and spicy.. this held up very well with age, and to me was a better version of Anchor OSA.