JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, with an off white head. Grain, caramel, malty, kind of bitter, stale bread, sweetness, and some grass clippings. Meh ok. mariuspoenari (3180) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting. Dark orange pour, hazy, thin tan head. Smells like malt sugars and burnt caramel. The taste is bitter-sweet, with notes of malt sugars, citrus hops, some pine. ciocanelu (3112) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAR 23, 2016
Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is floral with caramel malts. Taste follows with caramel, some fruity esters and hops, finishes on the bitter side. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice and easy drinking. justsayswell (285) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Cloudy brownish amber pour with a soft white head. Nose is salted caramel, raisin, pine/resin hops. Medium mouthfeel. Resinous hop with a sweet and salty malt backdrop. Tasty ESB. abcfan (928) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Nicely done. Pours golden orange with an off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet malt. Medium bodied, nice English base. Light hop finish.
thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle sent as part of a surprise box from starcross -- thanks a ton, Clint! This beer tastes a lot like the image on the bottle. It’s got a British base, but taken to an extreme level, just like the mecha-Horatio Nelson on the label. Tons of malt flavor with a lot of clove and fruits, and a good amount of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. A good (just not at all traditional) American ESB. edgallow (4629) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Pours amber with a off white head. Aroma is pine, citrus with some caramel in the background. Taste is caramel, citrus, apricot, and pine.
tillmac62 (768) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2016
BOD 9/24/15. Clear amber pour with a slight garnet cast. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Rather light but nice nose of citrus (orange), a touch of spruce spiciness, tea and grainy biscuit with a bit of caramel.
Light medium body that is smooth with a touch of oiliness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a stronger burst in the finish.
Quite nice flavor profile, but not quite up to snuff compared to the outstanding classic English bitters, such as Fullers (which is world class). Hop flavors present are predominately tea, whilst light citrus floats around a bit. The rich heavily caramel background is a bit out of balance lending the bitterness to not cut and slash in a sharp crisp fashion characteristic of the style. Do a side by side with Fuller’s ESB and you’ll taste what I’m saying. The middle bitterness is a bit muted for the style and does add apricot flavor, as advertised. The finish is a slow sweet fade. This beer is quite nice and very flavorful. As a pale ale I would score it outstanding, but as an ESB - it misses the mark. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Hazy dark caramel with big, frothy, beige head, decent lacing / Bright nose of citrus, pine, sugar / Light to medium body, sweet, hoppy but not overly so, balanced, light bitterness on finish / Muted, lightly cooked flavors of spun sugar, grapefruit, apricot, pine, toast / Solid, maybe not one of the better from 3F. jackl (8556) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle thanks to Deyholla. Reddish pour with a small white head. Spruce. Spicy hoppiness. Caramel. Red apple. Flavor of orange peel and spruce. Fairly hoppy. Dry spicy finish. Chewy malt. Toast. Pretty active carb. Basically a hoppy Amber. Fine for what it is.