chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma headed up with piney hops, some banana and apple fruitiness, honey and buttterscotch malts. Slighty minty, peppermint.
Toasted malts up front (similar to fat tire) in the flavor. Piney hops with spice backing (cinnamin, black pepper, mint). Finish is sweet and substantial.
Palate has a buttery texture. Some dryness that mellows in finish.
Mep3222 (1321) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bready malty base with a bit of hop balance. Some slight spice, and an almost lagerish hop funk. Has a good amount of body and overall a descent winter beer, but the lagerish funk hops get to me the more I drink.
Nephilium (1730) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright citrus notes and caramel through the aroma, pours a clear amber with no head. Slightly sweet caramel notes, with some biscuit mixed in as well. Earthy hops, with very little bitterness. A solid and drinkable winter ale.
BeerRenter76 (845) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally rated on 1/10/08. I am not normally a big fan of winter brews,but the N.B. 2 below is pretty decent. Smiliar to an IPA with its hops, slightly dry and citrus hints. pours a nice copper color with a good head which lasts until the end.
rdixon77 (2389) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Red brown color. Big sweet and spice, malt, citrus bite, new Belgium yeasty taste. Okay winter beer.
Lanny (2) - - FEB 21, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very rich, spicy, caramel flavor. Great for taking home and relaxing. Something to sip on after dinner
JohnGalt1 (1708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz purchased at Whole Foods for about $1.40... enjoyed from my FW tulip. Listening to John Kelley High Desert Soundsystem.
CRYSTAL clear orange lite amber.... very nice color... decent head but goes away quickly.
Very distinctive nose, I swear I could pick it out of a lineup. Toasted grains are all over the place ... still hops are there, but are definitely not of the American varieties... noble hops all the way here ... they just don’t work well together.
Flavor is aromatic and toasted malt (Victory??) ... clean very vibrant noble hop balance. The malt flavor is like chewing on a small teaspoon of brewers biscuit malt... the hops really muddy it up. Edit: The taste is also very earthy, like a cigar humidor, sorta reminds me of a fresh hop brew... I just can’t put my finger/palate on it.
Wow.... this is a back and forth review... I have, would and will buy this beer again here and there just because it is soooo freaking different ... and damnit, I want to figure it out.
CJ_Pain (221) - Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Certain brewers have a signature taste, don't know what it is, but u can always tell u are drinking one of theirs and New Belgium is one of those. This beer frankly is not an ESB as advertised IMHO. Don't know what it is honestly but it is a good tasting easy drinking ale, a variation of fat tire in my opinion and that is not a bad thing but definitely not an ESB.
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78samh (260) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Gold pour with white head. Minimal aroma. Taste is dry, bitter hops. Pine and citrus. Kinda plain and boring. Not bad but could be better. OK
csaso (2154) - Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - fair size foamy head, clear light copper color, pretty well balanced with mildly sweet biscuity malt and earthy hops, good overall
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miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20