papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017 yalnikim (800) - Wellington, - APR 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 26/04/2007. 500ml bottle from Rumble’s, Wellington. Pours an almost bright Doc Marten Cherry Red, with a very light tan airy head. Delightfully fruity nose: raisiny port notes mingle with a sweet whiff of lemonade. A hint of caramel, especially in the empty glass. Very soft in the mouth, and quite light, with just a touch of barley sweetness, more fruity esters and a toasty dry finish. Oaky notes linger on the palate, and I’m not pulling your leg here! Bitterness is very subdued, hop flavour almost non-existent besides a mild peppery spice. This one has really stood up to the travel and the shelf time. Excellent ESB, with all the complexity of a good single malt whisky. It really makes me want to have another look at their Port Stout.
Appearance: Brown body color reminds me of apple cider. Massive , thick head that sticks to the sides of the mug, very fluffy.
Smell: Mild, aromatic hops aroma.
Taste: A kind of mineral, earthy taste but a little bit thin in body. Finishes a little bit astringent, not bad.
Mouthfeel: This is better, hops are balanced, not aggresive and mild malt in there also. A little bit citrusy & floral in the palate. Finishes a bit bitter.
Reviewed on: 04-03-2008 hauxe (833) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - OCT 9, 2016
Rated from old notes. Smells like bad wine, tastes like a watery port with caramel and a hint of carbonation. A complex beer with a bittersweet taste. Nice creamy head. Good. zvsn (2159) - ISRAEL - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Vova. BBD 12/2008. Hazy amber brown no head. Smell of honey, prunes, raisins, caramel. Sweet, oxidized, honey, raisins, soy and yeast flavors. Medium-bodied, sticky. rayaron (1885) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle sample at Vova’s Hoppy Beerthday tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin, Tel Aviv. Thanks Vova. BBD 26/12/2008. Brownish-amber with no head. Aroma of raisin and sweet port wine, feels quite old. Very sweet flavor, kind of old port wine, lots of raisin, watery. Flat, medium-bodied. Too old. bhensonb (15342) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
From the file last updated in 2010. Pours dark amber. Malty aroma. Flavor is roast malt and floral hop. Liked it.
Sissio (1665) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 26, 2014
On tap in Folgaria
Clear amber, cappucino head
Light caramel, a hint of pear, very drinkable and quite refreshing Patrickctenchi (6625) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Light, wooden amber with a huge, sculpted, tan head.
Scent is caramel, pear, apple.
Taste is tart fruit, toffee, bready.
Nice woody/herbal bitter.
Very good. BlackHaddock (7410) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2012
Royal Oak Traditional Bitter (on label): 500ml Brown bottle, bottle conditioned beer, best before 20th Apr 2010, drank 22nd Dec 2009. Poured into my ’Old Speckled Hen’ pint vase.
Very little head sat on top of my deep, dark amber beer, the body was almost see through. The beer is supposed to be made to an 1896 recipe using original methods, not sure the original would have been this clear.
My garage was cold today and the beer might be suffering because of that (no head for instance) , very little smell at first, then as it warmed a hoppy aroma mixed with malted biscuits began to arrive. Later an English apple orchard and country garden fragrance added to the enjoyment within the smells.
Hoppy flavour, not overpowering, but hops dominate the taste, be the beer cold or warming. A good quality Bitter with all the attributes to make it an agreeable drink.
The 5% ABV sits happily within the brew and although not hidden, is masked well by the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Should have allowed the beer to warm up more before starting the review, but I was thirsty! The beer might even have had a ’chill haze’ it was so cold.
tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2012
First tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2006. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Sweet biscuity aroma laced with toffee, short in intensity. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts give a clear digestive biscuit base with bags of tart redcurrant fruit full in the mouth. Strong and spicy notes to the bitter hop resins, building up a woody flavour to the long aftertaste. Finish is malty with dry vinous cask notes present throughout. This is a traditional style of ESB and worth seeking out. reebtogi (6315) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
500ml bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a big beige head that settles to some really nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and some nice aromatic hops. Taste is toasty malted sweetness with some nuttiness and a mild hoppy bitter finish. A very nicely balanced beer with a medium body and spritzy carbonation.