cheap (5914) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Thanks to Bill at 3 Sons Dogs and Suds in Wexford. How about the name of this stuff? Big 16.9 oz bottle. Initally a rather tart aroma greets the nose when you pop the lid. Brownish iced tea color with a swirling haze, probobly due to the unfiltered gunk on the bottom of the bottle. Rather smooth and friendly on the initial palte, lacks any terrible bitterness. Decent creamy carbonation. I was bracing myself but now I am pleasantly surprized. Does not seem to have anything near the alky content listed here. It hides it well with the creamy laid back refined taste. Very well made civilized bitter, I must admit. Good manners and fun to drink, glad i tried this. Finish is mildly bitter and lingering for a short time but it is well controlled as with the taste throughout the sesssion. Cybercat (5895) - Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2007
It was hard to discern the appearance since it came in a brown bottle, but what I could see looked quite drinkable. Aroma is strongly malty upon first opening the bottle. Flavor is thin but pleasantly malty, with fruity hints and a smooth finish that has a slight hoppy-bitter undertone. Pleasant and refreshing to drink. notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Cloudy amber beer, with a very small, fizzy lace - quite a yeasty and bready aroma, with a lot of caramel, toffee, and nutty character, and a soft underlying earthiness - the flavor starts off with moderate fuggles bitterness and strong herbal, tea-like qualities - this quickly makes way for brown sugar, toffee, and hazelnut - some subtle notes of citrus and fruit pulp - yeasty near the finish - there is a nice earthiness to this one throughout, which lends a nice dimension, and makes the beer stand out - very bready at the end - different and interesting. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2007
From the bottle this pours a hazy brownish amber body with a small off-white head that produces spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel, orchard fruit, butterscotch, and a soft floral/herbal bitterness. Creamy in the mouth, the caramel and butterscotch are moderately sweet, just at a level to deal with the steady hoppy bitterness. Nice mildly bitter finish, making this a pleasantly sessionable ale.Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2009
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Bottle. Pours a dark amber body with a quick diminishing off white head. Nose of fruity esters, apples, toffee, and hints of caramel. Taste is similar has a full body with a mild bitter finish. Floral accents and a hint of nuttiness.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2003
Caramelly toffee malts. Orangey and spicey, with some alcohol noticed in the future, sweetish, with some bitterness. johndoughty (5472) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2003
Strangely lacking in body for a 5.8. per center.Not a lot of flavour although a slight fruitiness does fight its way through.Quite pleasing browny/red appearance but all round a bit dissapointing. nearbeer (5462) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 500 ml. Copper-orange and cloudy with a medium-sized creamy head that lasts. Nice crunchy lacing. Earthy, spicy caramel aroma. Flavor is similar but more complex: scorched toffee, chocolate, charred wood, toasted nut, prickly earth-spiced marshmallows, some sour fruit notes and more. Palate is smooth and tingly; medium-plus bodied. This is an awesome and underrated ESB. MrTipple (5380) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2015
Aroma: caramel, bread malts, grain. Appearance: clear amber, small, off-white, frothy head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: malts continue and remain very dominant, some unspecified fruitiness coming up, soft carbonation. Overall: very nice aroma, bit weak palate, but overall OK English "Strong" Ale. Bottle from Waitrose, Exter.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
This bitter/ESB pours a deep brown color from a 500ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, orange and sweet. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are toffee and caramel. Hops are earthy and floral. Hints of orange and citrus. Nice balance. Lively carbonation. Nice soft malts with a touch of chocolate. Seems a step above a lot of other ESB/bitters I’ve had lately. Mouthfeel is full. Finish si clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.