grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2005
An interesting specimen. Dark colors. White head. Treacly. Nose has that english malty or maybe it’s burtonized water thing. I don’t know what the hell it is, but it’s that chalky taste that british beers have some times. Pretty good. Malts fly around and stuff in your mouth. Sweet with a great lingering hoppy bitterness. Nose is more chalky than anything else. Satisfying to say the least.
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer, Houston. Amber in color with small head that disappears, malty, a bit more of a tingly finish than the Real Ale Rio Blanco, but other than that, no real difference. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Pours a hazy copper color with a nice foamy head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, light fruity hops. The flavor is smooth, spicy and light naturally fruity flavors, earthy, toasted malts, slightly hot. A great example of an English Strong Ale. I have been getting some brews in trades from Real Ale, and I have been pleasantly surprised. GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Nice smooth interpretation of a esb. nice grassy spicy hop notes and good balance of malt sweetness. Perfect carbonation. LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 15, 2011
12 oz bottle from hopper. Thanks! Pours a dark copper, with a thin head that fades to great lacing. Aroma is light bready malt, some caramel, pine resins. Taste is roast, light coffee, chocolate, pine hops. Really very nice. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Really nice beer that I could drink a lot of.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Nice brown translucence, with a lattice-work type foam on top. Bitter, nutty, malty, smoky taste. Slightly watery though. Kind of like a bitter brown, but not that great. Reminds me a little of the Duck-Rabbit Brown, only not as good. jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Beautiful rich copper pour with a tan head. Light aroma, caramel or candy, and hops. Strong bitter, dry. Hoppy, caramel, earthy. Lingering bitter finish.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Not totally impressed with this beer. The malt profile seems jagged and not very well blended. The hoppy finish does not work well either, and is somewhat bland. Overall, this is a relatively bland and unexciting beer, but worth trying if you are in the mood for something a bit lighter than most. jerseyjohn71 (309) - Corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
clear- redish color, tan foam head, good lacing rings with every gulp, lightly bitter, thin feel, light body, Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Dark amber, nearly copper color with a small white head. Sweet malty aroma, with some dried fruit and toffee. Taste is a little bitter but mostly sweet malts. The finish is a little dry, but this is not what I was expecting.