mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy apple cider color, dark amber/brown, with a thin off-white ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee - toasty and nutty. A bit of fruit and apple cider aroma, as well as some hop bitterness. Taste is medium-sweet, with some medium bitterness. Medium bodied, crisp and lively, with a bitter finish. Nice drinker. 6ROW (473) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Ruby red pour with a dense persistent tan head. big hop taste up front follwed by a sweet roasted malt taste. sweeter as is warms Robbievegas (469) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Tried this on tap at The Flying Saucer in Addison, TX. Sweet malty aroma. Notes of caramel and toffee in the flavor profile, good beer!
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Brown in color with a bit of a haze. Perhaps a one finger head that dissipates into a nice ring with a touch of sheen. Lacing is good.
Has the smell of a good caramel malt, with some grainy overtones, and just a touch of sweet fruitiness.
Tastes lightly bitter caramel malty, with well balanced hoppiness and a touch of bitter citrus.
It’s got a good amount of carbonation for the style. Mid-bitter aftertaste with lingering maltiness.
Drinks fairly well for the style, which is not my favorite. Still a pleasant offering tho. 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.
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 (401) - 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.