fiulijn (21523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Draught at the brewpubmcberko (20268) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
Amber color, creamy head. The aroma is a bit dusty. Dry caramel flavor, dusty too, and with too much roastiness; relatively strong bitterness.
More an anonymous American Amber than a ESB.
Few ounce sample from bottle, pours clear copper with a small white head. Aroma of English malts, bready and citrus hops. Flavour of English malt, stale bread and watery metallic malt. Not very good. Oakes (19550) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
Amber-red colour. Some caramel nose. Some breadcrust malts and herbal hops on the palate. Earthy, caramelly taste. Well-balanced with a slight herbal hop note. Earthy finish. Nice bitter. Lubiere (14341) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
A lightly hazed dark amber with a thick moka head. Aroma of caramel malt and mashed pea. In mouth, a rather chalky and boring ale, almost lager like, no British hops, medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, August 7 2010. Sammy (13136) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2006
Foamy off-white head, on dark yellow body. Malty aroma, where are the hops?On-tap at the brewery in its first week. Bitter but medium mouhfeel. Lagerish taste,
jercraigs (11166) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2007
Draught at the brewpub. Lightly hazy amber brown with not much head. A glass transfer to share later earnes a fairly big one. Muted aroma of flat toasty caramel malt. Light bitterness and a light hint of toasty malt in the flavour that fosters a sharp bite in the caramel malt. Hops add little beyond the bitterness. Average palate. Will try this again sometime as this was clearly not as good as the other ratings here. DuffMan (10934) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle. Brassy golden colour, medium white head. Aroma is grainy with light toffee, a little weak. Flavours are dull, watery toffee and grains, metallic note in the finish. A poor example of a style that ranges widely. Maybe the ingredients were authentic, but the craftsmanship missed the mark. JoeMcPhee (10187) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Deep amber pour. The aroma is quite leafy and hoppy. A nice herbal hoppiness along with a soft toasted malt component as well. There is a little kiss of toffee but thte beer isn’t overly sweet either. Nicely fruity out on the finish. Soft palate - it’s not as dry as I might lime but it’s a nice, fruity/hoppy ESB. Fairly rich and quite tasty. mabel (10011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 [090-20061104] Tap @ Mill St. (Toronto, ON). Light yeasty grain aroma. Cloudy, ruddy orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Hoppy flavour, grainy yeast, lightly fruity. Harsh palate but nice. (6/4/6/3/12) 3.1
solidfunk (9795) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2012
[3375B-20100911] Cask. Metallic wet moss aroma, like a forest leafy floor after it rains. Hazy, dark golden brown body with a long-lasting big foamy off-white head. Wet peat moss flavour has a lingering grassy hops aftertaste and generally a mild watery chocolate grain throughout. Medium body. Could be more interesting with more carbonation but fine to sample. (6/4/7/3/14) 3.4
(Wet-hopped version @ brewpub, Toronto, ON)
Not sure if this was just because it was the first taster of the morning at the Mill St. brewery store, but it tastes and smells a little sour. The bitterness factor doesn’t come much into play here. An unexpected - and not very pleasant - experience.