Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - APR 13, 2017
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a burnt orange almost copper color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that died off at a nice pace. Subtle lace.
The aroma had some caramel/toffee malts up front playing with some sweet biscuit notes and then a blended spicy to earthy to grassy hop character in the background.
The flavor mainly stays with the sweet malty side somewhat flowing on into the aftertaste and right on into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Soft carbonation. ABV felt right on as to where the brewer projected.
Overall, nicely done ESB well worthy of having again. edgallow (4629) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is earthy and caramel. Taste is sweet malts and some bitterness. crossovert (14134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
355ml bottle. Super over-carbed. Aroma is peppery with toffee and fruits. Mouthfeel is over-carbed, very yeasty, would be decent if it wasn’t suffering forma major qc issue. Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bottled. Dark copper brown. Has a malty taste. Has a bitter after bite. A sweet malty taste starts popping out after a couple drinks Tmoney99 (15120) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average to large frothy off-white head that lasted with very good lacing. Moderate soft hop and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Sweet drinkable beer.
superspak (6216) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Very high carbonation upon opening. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast ester notes; with decent strength. A bit too fruity, but has some solid malt presence. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pear/apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pear/apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. I swirled out most of the overcarbonation; which lead to a medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very solid English bitter style. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Other than the over-carbonation and overly fruity aromas; this turned out to be quite enjoyable. fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 2, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2015 Pours with an uncontrollable head. No matter how I tried pouring it, the soapy head kept expanding. Smells of green apple - which I am slightly confused at. I get apple in the taste mixed with a bit of caramel - but not like a caramel apple. Malt at end. Something seems off on this. I might just end up using this for cooking. I do not think I will buy this brewery again. Googled apple taste online and it sounds like this is a rookie brewer that didn’t complete fermentation.
Re-rated after opening three other of the beers and all of them were bad. Cannot give an overall higher than a 1 if there is no quality control and let this hit the shelfs.
nuplastikk (6512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2014
12oz bottle. Seems like somewhere under the MASSIVE infection, there is a pretty mundane English ale. As it is, it smells like brett..in a bad way. It exploded when opened. If you sell a horrible product like this, you should be ashamed. I will never buy another Round Barn beer. Shabby US microbrew at its worst. Frank (4258) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
This is a strange beer. I think something may be awry but it is kind of good regardless. It pours a hazed orange color w/ a big, long-lasting white head of foam. It smells strongly of apples and is a bit earthy and grassy as well. I am fairly sure this bottle is either infected w/ some very fruity yeast or these guys really, really need to put some money into temperature control for their fermenters. (There is a ring around the neck of the bottle which points strongly to infection.) This is pretty much in Belgian territory as far as fruity yeast character once you taste it--though it veers more towards apple and cherry as opposed to banana and spice. It is a bit sweet, medium bodied and very definitely overcarbonated. It finishes w/ lingering fruit on the tongue. Really, I have no idea what this is supposed to taste like. It tastes like an apple bomb but there is something about this that strikes me as entirely unintentional. Still, it does not taste foul at all so I have to give it some credit. wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper color with a white fluffy head. Mild caramel aroma. Flavor is mild caramel with a bit of biter. Some bitter in the mouth feel. Ok beer, but I don’t feel anything special. Pretty average. Similar to the other Round Barn beers I’ve tried.