Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 023: Knightro ESB

RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Beer Camp 23 March 2010 ABV 5 IBU 41

Knightro ESB is a fully nitrogenated beer designed as our take on the creamy cask ales of England with a decidedly Sierra Nevada twist. Knightro is mahogany brown in color with a rich caramel and bready malt aroma used as a platform to showcase bundles of earthy and herbal English-style hops. This beer has a creamy mouth feel and gentle carbonation from the use of a high percentage of nitrogen instead of the typical CO₂.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (11258) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"eh. obviously served on nitro and its just not big enough of a beer to be able to pull that off. a nice light and floral aroma and sweetness is nice, but pretty weak."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a ruby tinged brown. Sweet caramel and malt on the nose. Malty, toasty with some light hops. Smooth, with long caramel notes. Smooth finish with toast, caramel, and more malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8952) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Draft. Nitro. Amber beer with a huge dark cream nitro head. light caramel aroma. Caramel and light earth flavor with light citrus. Medium-light bodied. Caramel and light citrus lingers. People will love this - I just dont like ESBs on nitro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7257) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Nitro draft at copper mine pub. Dark amber orange pour with light tan head. Sweet fruit esters and light bitter and malt notes. Some nutty flavors added to aroma notes make up flavor, body is more appealing than most esbs due to Nitro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft. Pours a dark amber body with an off white head. Best head retention of the night. Soft bitter hop tones. Light caramel and chewy. Soft fruit tones and a light bitterness to round down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Nitro @ The Front Door: Pours a golden blond color with a hint of amber. The nose is...not there because of the nitro. The flavor is has a creamy mouthfeel and smooth body. Nice clean noble hops and toasted malts in the finish, but really nitro is just not my thing. I can see how it can show ingredients in their raw form, but you have to get about 10x the volume just to see that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a hazed deep brown with a good off white head. Aroma is earthy nutty doughy light fruity ester and English nutty yeast character. Flavor is leather, earth, dust, toast, caramel malts, grass, fruits, and a mostly dry finish, slight mineral and toast in the end as well. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4135) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2010
On Tap at the Front Door, Boise. Hazy orange/amber with dense nitro I diced head. Soft subtle malt aromas due to the insulating blanket of micr-bubbles on the top. Slightly toasts malt flavors with bitter bite characteristic of the style. Very soft smooth palate, again, thanks to the nitrogen. Modest biter trailer. All in all not very bitter for a brew that claims to be a "bitter".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Nitro at RnH, with an appropriately creamy head. Grassy, bready, surprisingly hoppy nose. Very creamy, slightly milky. Soft, super-clean body, biscuit, almond, cookie. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1910) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
tap @ RnH - not sure if an ESB is enhanced by being on nitro. Clear, dark brown pour, dry crackery malts and grainy adjuncts - used in good balance though. Smooth and body is tad creamier, but not my favorite.

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