Andrew196 (1858) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bourbon color with a thin head, nice lacing. Aroma of tobacco, maybe mint and plum. Nice mouthfeel, soft on the tongue. Very well balanced and a great take on the style. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pour is nice amber with a nice white head...smell is very earthy and grainy with some hints of doughnut batter...taste was very on par for the style...somehwat sweet with a nice mild bitter finish...some notes of grapefruit too? BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Dark hazy copper color. Smells of very clean, floral hops, and a rich sweetness. Hop bitterness is dominant in the flavor, but there is some roastyness and a bit of chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel was rich and satisfying. The cask version of this was bad ass, but im just rating the standard version here. Overall, a great beer that I will drink much more of. ttutony (918) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Another seasonal I enjoy from Real Ale. Deep transparent brown in the glass. Dry roasted coffee malt notes with a nice bitterness. Pretty generous length on the finish. Very nice. Pershing (559) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2010
Dark amber with a decent off white head with some lacing. Pine aroma with some fruitiness. A good amount of hop bitterness and malty taste. Nice filling and somewhat dry finish.
gringo332 (639) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Pours a very hazy dark amber orange with an off-white head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with pine and grass notes and an nice undertone of grainy malts. Flavor begins malty with grain and bread notes and become hoppy throughout with a pine note. Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2010
Bottle from secret santa. Thanks! Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber with a finger of tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is quite spicy, cinnamon and vanilla comes to mind. A lot of toffee here, some citrus, chocolate cookies, cocoa, herbal notes. Some alcohol too. Complex nose. The flavour is a bit less exciting. More roasty. Quite a bit of sweetness, but it finishes pretty damn bitter. Almost harsh. Sticks with you for a long time too. Wierdly enough floral hops in the flavour, didn’t pick this up in the aroma at all. Creamy carbonation, good, medium to full mouthfeel. All in all, this is pretty good. 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. 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. onceblind (9418) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Clearish amber with a thin off-beige cap. The aroma is malty sweet with some light caramel and crystal nuttiness, with a light touch of grassy pine. The taste is nice and smooth, thorough maltiness with a semi-sweet earthy caramel, with a smooth grassy and pine resin bitterness throughout that really shines during the long lasting finish. But theres this herbal bite throughout that I can’t describe other than French fry seasoning. It’s light, but there. Not in any bad way. Just has that bbq salt-ish twang.