nogov (121) - Texas, USA - APR 5, 2012
Woody slight toffee aroma. Pours old copper penny colored with beige head. Taste is toasted barley, subtle nuts, with great balance of hops. Finish is lingering caramel. Wonderful beer. Only stylistic complaint is its slightly over-carbed for the style. But good brew nonetheless. AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Toffee, an almost muted whisper of chocolate truffles, a bit of dark fruity esters, roasted malts, old bread, a splash of citrus, a bit of funk, and of course, the main attraction: big, floral hops. The taste is hops-and-citrus bitter, with a hoppy aftertaste balanced by a bit of malty sweetness. The palate is medium to thin, with natural effervescence and a dry finish. Yummy. DANEgerous (96) - Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Aroma: Ash, Burnt hops, Burnt hey, Wheat an chocolate with hints of coffee
Appearance: Gorgeous dark brown, near black highlight of amber.
Palate: Thick nice carbonation.
Overall: Wonderful. Nutty dark aromatic everything you can ask for a more heavy beer but to be avoided if you want thin on the sweet side decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Amber pour with creamy white head. Aroma is caramel malt and resiny hops. Caramel malt with a medium earthy/resiny bitter. Medium bodied but fizzy. Just a hinto warmth. dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Deep malty aroma. Brown in color with an off-white head. Nutty, slight roast, full-bodied...a bit bready. Great for an ESB.
jhamp9 (1864) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Pours dark copper with a nice white head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is bread and some caramel. Taste is spicy rye bread, some caramel, and a hint of hops. Dry finish. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Best by 7/30/12. Pours a nice deep copper color with a tan head that settles and collars around the glass. Very light aroma but has notes of caramel, biscuit, and slight chocolate, if the hops are in there they don’t make too much of a dramatic apperance in the smell. Medium mouthfeel. Caramel and a light roast like note smoothed out by some nice bitter from the hops. No real taste of alcohol. Pretty tasty. Wish it had a more distinct nose though. Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2012
dark in color, subtle toffee and bitterness with a dry finish - would drink again but not on a regular basis
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12oz bottle: Appearance is a deep amber brown with slow fading off white head. Aroma is malty. Taste is malty with a hint of chocolate, not much for hops but possibly a bit bready and some nut flavor. gnatman (10) - - MAR 9, 2012
I expected much more of a traditional ESB flavor, but this is really just an IPA, tastes very much like a hoppy IPA, with just a hint of english bitters.