golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle. Soapy aroma. Some malt and some bitterness, but somewhat bland for an ESB. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
22 from the brewery. A perfectly clear, slightly reddish amber with a creamy head that lasted throughout. Utterly beautiful in the glass to me for some reason. Flavor and aroma matched. Mild caramel malts. Faint bitterness on the finish that was quite drying. Not any real, defined hop character. This wasn’t bad, but somehow it reminded me of their Oktoberfest. Just a not so good version of it. The last few ESB’s I’ve tried were much hoppier, and thus more to my personal taste. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 3, 2007
From bomber. Pours a clear orange amber with a big light tan head. Nutty nose, lightly fruity. Nice sheet of lace. Bitter flavor, but sweeter than expected. Like honey dipped walnuts, toasty malt. Rather pleasant, cool spin on an ESB. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Poured a clear copper, with a medium to large off white head. Aroma is earthy, a little soapy, fruit. Flavor is somewhat watery; Dry; a little malty sweetness; some bitter finish. Some slight fruit as well. I think I’m not partial to this style very much. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Nice pour, mostly clear copper body topped by a dense light tan head with staying power. The aroma is very, very sweet and fruity. The fruitiness is dangerously close to being that of rotten fruit. The flavor exhibits a whole lot of caramely maltiness that was a bit unexpected given the aroma. The frutiness is there but not in spades as in the aroma. A good bit of bitterness is also in the mix. The palate is dry and prickly. Interesting for sure, certainly not what I have come to expect from an ESB.
Braudog (6972) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
22 oz bottle: Poured with a massive head of light foam. Orange-amber with a lazy effervesence. The fruity nose could attract a colony of fruit flies. Musty. Very caramel-malty with a suck-the-moisture dry finish of baked apple and moldy grapes. (#2659, 1/21/07) walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Reddish amber with offwhite head. Mildly fruity malt nose of apples and caramel. Flavor is malt-forward, slightly fruity, with a nice bitterness throughout. Drying bitter finish. An easy drinker with a bit of personality, I enjoyed it quite a bit. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
A full flavored beer with a great bitter hop backbone. Like a cross between their brown and golden ale. Good stuff. LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Poured a light amber color with minimal head. Sweet malty aroma and flavor with a very bitter finish. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
22 oz bomber, Labeled as Legend ESB. Pours clear amber color with full light brown head. Aroma and taste of malt and hops with grapefruit bitter after taste. Grape and Gourmet has it.