DiarmaidBHK (5684) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Taster at brewpub. Pours light brown with a white head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Fairly malty and fruity on the nose and tongue. Finished clean. Quaffable. WozWx (83) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Enjoyed from a pint glass. Poured a dark, cloudy amber color with a minimal head... Expected a bit more of a hoppy flavor, but was sweet and malty instead.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone thedm (6309) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2012
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a uncarbonated transparent red brown colored body. The mild aroma was hoppy and caramel malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of caramel hops and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again. jgb9348 (6438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Slightly hazy burnt copper and brownish body with a very thin tan head that fades very fast - almost no head/carbonation at all. Very nutty, earthy, caramel and a slight hoppiness, but a very strong scent - nice. Medium-bodied; Flat taste, almost no carbonation; Strong nutty and caramel flavours dominate with a light hoppy touch of pine and herbs and a mellow earthiness at the end. Aftertaste shows some burnt caramel and a little hop bitterness. Overall, an okay beer, but the lack of carbonation and sheer complexity make this hard to say it’s a good beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Colonial Spirits in Acton, Massachusetts on 23-September-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 11-October-2010. williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
07/2007: From a 22 oz bottle.
Pours a deep orangish-red color. Brownish head that goes away rather quickly. It’s hazy and deep. Dark and more thick than a regular ESB.
Has a roasted pale ale scent. Like a pale, but burnt. There is also a hint of deep berry smell. There is some minor mustiness but I’ll chalk that up to storage rather than the craft of the beer. Does smell a bit like a basement, though, I have to admit.
Pale malt taste with a toasted/dry ending. Slight taste of bitter hops. Much more burnt roasted taste that I would have expected. Also some dark berry which balances some of the roasted and bitter flavors.
The finish is dry and actually a little ashy. A bite comes at the end, and one that’s not altogether welcome. Overall it’s not a bad brew. It’s a bit stiff and somewhat dry. Surely a darker ESB.
JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2009
Very deep amber coloured beer. Thin white head. Aroma is quite sweet and malty. A touch of caramel and some soft light cocoa. A touch of soft earthy hops as well. Flavour is pretty pretty solid as well. Sweet and toffeeish but there aren’t any off-flavours. A lingering sweet caramelly finish with a little bit of light stickiness. A decent, if slightly too sweet, sessionable beer. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
My Bottom Line:jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Toasted and caramelized malts benefit from sturdy, spicy hopping and firm leafy bitterness, building a resolute pint of Extra Special Bitter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the nearly clear copper.
-Even though the flavor profile is much hoppier than their Pale Ale’s (which is not usually the case in the USA), I found it to be still balanced.
-The mouthfeel is healthily lean and softly carbonated.
-The hop bitterness is both leafy and earthy.
On tap at the brewpub.
on tap-pours an off white head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-peat, herbal hops. Taste is medium malt-peat, herbal hops. Semi-dry finish. Some Irish red character. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2009
The initial pour starts with soda-like large bubbles, but minute bubbles come up from the bottom and replace the big ones as they pop. The settled head is only a single layer thick. The lace is minimal. The color of the brew is solid brown and hazy--light glows through the glass.
Chocolate and caramel aromas; light floral hop in the background. Somewhat earthy.
Think: Highly hopped brown ale. Great balance. Powerful darker malts (crystal and chocolate?) are strong but still offset by the bitter hop. Not a delicate beer--full flavored and full bodied. The aftertaste is a long lasting hop pellet. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Cask sample. Pours copper with a creamy white head. Smells of caramel, rosey, earthy. Tastes sweet and malty with an earthy finish.