Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, my bottle. Nice dark orange, big fluffy head with orange tints. Lovely very bitter aroma - very fruity hops full of soft citrus, earthy English hops - wow lovely and fresh! Taste - wow, tastes like it is fresh from the cask! Bitter taste - tons of hops - citrus, more grapefruit than orange and a good malt base. Spicy finish. Stunningly fresh and just a joy to drink. Certainly one of the best ESB’s I’ve had, especially on this side of the Atlantic. HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, tupalev’s bottle. Beautiful clear refractive amber with a large, lasting fluffy beige head, pillowy lacing left behind - almost a 5. Funky, rich UK hop aroma, dry, bitter, spicy, citrus rind - not much malt but who cares; pungent - excellent. My first thought on tasting was "weed!" - tastes very hempy- all of the above hop character, some fresh grain, slight grassiness in the finish, but this is an amazing ESB - tons of hops, very fresh and dry, almost sour alphas in the finish. Thick, dry mouthfeel, incredibly astringent - this tastes like a fresh cask bitter, I have a hard time believing this is bottled - excellent. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Sampled at Mondial 2006. Teh body was dark gold that was nearly orange. The head was off white. The aroma was leaves and apples with a fall type character. seems British. There was also toffee. The taste was dry with a hint of bitterness. There was also toffee and bread. A woody dryness in the finish. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 In short: A highly drinkable brew with bready malts (bread crust) and red grapefruits hopping. Good.turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2006
How: Bottle 500ml. Always consumed very fresh (this beer needs to be drank very fresh)
The look: Clear dark golden topped by a short-lived beige head
In long: A pleasant grapefruity nose with a fruity cake in the background. The toasted malt is grainy doesn’t show much caramel and sweetness, tastes like a bread crust. Nice body, feels rather nourishing for below 5% brew. Then comes a good amount of red grapefruit. Strong astringency, mild-medium bitterness. Not too sure about the ESB style here, really doesn’t taste like any ESB I had in ESB City (London England). Simple but solid and effective. This is one beer I like very cold. Unlike my women, I like my beer cold and bitter.
Bottle 500 ml. Appearance: light brown with thin white head. Aroma: toasted malts, floral hop. Flavor: sweet malt, floral hop.
Ungstrup (37572) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2005
Tap at the brewpub. An amber beer with a small beige head. The aroma is sweet nutty, but quite faint. The flavor is dry nutty and bisquety, and with a grassy bitter end. OK bitter. TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Fiery bronze. Dirty white head throws sticky lace all over the glass. Pungent nose with herbal, woody hops and mango rind aromas. Hint of figs and jelly candy. Loosely carbonated, but firm in body. Lightly airy. Balanced display of lemongrass and soft resin. Mellow tropical fruitiness lends a stroke of slickness, but the unyielding dryness continues to strengthen the tongue chafing salted herb notes. Elegant drop of lemon acidity cuts the toffee glazed nutty malt base which climaxes at the center, but steadily holds its ground with an everlasting chewiness, despite the airiness. Finishes dryly and aniseed tinged with lingering hops and dough flavored yeast stabilizing the palate clasping nuttiness and shortbread sweetness of the malt. Could use more aromatic malt (but the yeast character is nice), less acidity, and more of this already-delicious malt to withstand the brash hops. Very respectable, otherwise. Oakes (17668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
On tap at the brewpubmuzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bright bronze colour. Very toasty, fresh malty character. Earthy yeast, woody hops. Complex, flavourful English ale. Takes on a bitter, ashy character over the course of the pint.
500 ml bottle. Pours an enormous, fluffy lasting head with pretty lace atop a faintly cloudy copper body...light woody nose, sour apples and cherries pass through the scene quickly with some light herbal coatings....fairly dry, moderately bitter body offers a bit of Granny Smith tartness at midpalate, doughy-sour yeastiness towards the finish...quite nice, probably amazing if you could get it on cask. Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 26, 2005
Soft velvety aroma, of toasted malts, slightly woody in character Medium carbonated ale with small but dense head. Green raw vegetable like bitters up front than followed by carbonation and finally sweet malt. Finish was rather weak leaving light touch of hops around and mineral metallic middle.