Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
Had on cask at the brewpub. Kent and Goldings hops were promising. Light amber colour. Low carbonation of course but also quite understated hops. Sessionable, average cask ESB. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Hazy, dark reddish-copper body with a darinty, tiny-bubbled head. Slightly sweet and mostly sour aroma, bitterness and mustiness. This mustiness stays with the beer in the flavor as well, giving it an interesting character and a little more depth than som other ESBs. However, it unfortunately finishes pretty thin. It is even a bit watery Even so, the beer is very drinkable, and probably the best beer I’ve had from this brewery so far. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bomber - cloudy bronze pour, with a frothy eggshell white head - doughy/bready aroma, with notes of yeast, vanilla, apricot, orange and bread pudding - soft, low carbonation, with a slightly oily mouthfeel - the doughy hints from the aroma come through first, followed by touches of butterscotch and caramel sweetness - the hops abruptly intervene, balancing the beer out - cherry, vanilla and light citrus fruits arrive late - the body thins out a little in the finish, but the grassy, earthy, herbal, almost spicy hops add enough character to make up for this - quite a solid ESB, and one I’d love to try on cask. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
sampled at the brewpub. amber in color. pretty much a standard ESB, ok but nothing out of the ordinary. Also a bit thin bodied. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2007
late 2006 or early 2007 bomber drunk on 2/16/07
muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Wow is Muzzlehatch’s review spot-on for this one. I could pretty much say the same thing, word-for-word. The texture is most certainlly easygoing, comforting, but with a little yeast slickness (despite decanting very carefully). Definitely sweet all the way through and exactly as Barry says, a bit underfermented. That’s ok, most of the unpleasant notes I associate with wortiness are not too present here. Just seems like a bit of simple sweetness, slightly tacky. But the hops are wonderful. Dry, earthy, lightly spicy at times, giving a peppery balance to the sweetness. Low, natural carbonation is somehow a bit too loose, though a touch of wateriness comes through on the end (which is appropriate for the style). Apricots, tangerines and nectarines are sweet and fruity, mixing with the creamy pale malts to produce very soft, flavorful notes. Dry hopping is always much appreciated and it shows here. Close to greatness, a bit more attenuation and less yeast in the bottle would do the trick. Alternatively, I’ll buy another bottle and see if this will dry up with another couple months of conditioning. Very possible. I got the cherry-vanilla that Barry noted too, what the hell is that? Probably a sign that the beer isnt fully conditioned/fermented. Some type of unwanted bi-product.
22 ounce bottle from Ryan and Casey’s Liquors in Greenfield, MA (January 2007), imbibed from a Samuel Smiths pint glass at a bit below cellar temperature. Nearly opaque caramel-mahogany, totally unfiltered and thick, with a massive lasting bubbly cumulous cloud of a tan head, lots of lacing.....nice earthy nose with hints of orange at first, some interesting cherry-vanilla develops after a few nosings....body is thick and chewy, earthy to the point of muddy, with some overdone minerallic-rusty notes, low dry hops and faint bitterness, juicy and fruity throughout....low carbonation, fairly soft and a bit slick; seems just a bit underfermented and worty overall, loose and sloppy; but it’s drinkable and not far from very good. Will definitely try this on cask if I get the chance at the brewpub, it might well be spectacular in that medium. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
22oz bottle purchased from a People’s Pint tasting at Bauer Wines in Boston. Pour is a slightly hazy copper with little carbonation or head. Very nice aroma of floral hops. Taste is wonderful - hoppy but well-balanced. Very pleasant. I preferred the ESB over the IPA at the tasting.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Bright amber body with a foamy ivory head. Very earthy aroma with an odd note of dark toast. Malty flavor with notes of roasted peanuts and more toast. Over-carbonated, fizzy palate. Inoffensive, but this is a swing and a miss in my book.
hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
22oz bottle shared courtesy of zrrbrrt. Poured a deeper amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of light bread, citrus, and toasted malts. Lots of dark malts. Thinner body. DuffLover (126) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2006
From a 22oz. Nice aroma of fruit, apple, spice and cinnamon. Appearance is a hazy brown, red, rust color with a thin white head. Flavor is sweet with a bitter finish. Palate is thick and smooth. This beer is a pleasant surprise.