Strangebrewer (1374) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
bottle. Poured amber-orange with a thick creamy off-white head. Orange citrus hop aroma. Medium-full mouthfeel, creamy texture that finishes with a tart sticky dryness. Caramel malt and grapefruity hops, medium dry. A very drinkable beer, didn’t realize it was an ESB when I picked up due to the Irish flag on the label.mabel (10003) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2012 Total Score: 3.5
bottle. Poured clear copper with a thin creamy head. Malty aroma with a citrusy hop note. Medium mouthfeel, average carbonation, semi-dry palate. Flavour is a nice mix of caramel malt and fresh hops, spicy pepper hint.
[4409-20120504] 650mL bottle. Spruce orange hops aroma. Slightly hazy, golden orange body with a creamy off-white head. Bitter light citrus sap hops flavour. Medium body has a little hoppy kick to it. Surprisingly tasty, I quite liked this one. (8/4/7/4/15) 3.8
BreWedge (564) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
(c/o garthicus, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear light amber with a very minimal head. Aroma is honey, biscuit, pine, and grapefruit (great combination). Tastes are sweet malts forward with gentle citrus hops on the backend. Light bodied relative to what the aroma would lead you to believe. Medium bittern finish and little carbonation. Nice summer session beer but would be a little bit better with a little more body. jimmay (815) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours amber in colour, nice big off white head, frothy. Leaves some lacing. Slightly hoppy aroma, nice big resiny hope aftertaste, moderate malt backbone. Not an ESB at all, but very drinkable from Trafalgar! Hammy78 (977) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle purchased at the Dundas LCBO. Pours clear light red brown, bubbly head that is gone as fast as it appears. no lacing. Nose is pretty much butterscotch, that reminds me of MacGregors butterscotch toffee (I think that’s what it was called). Tastes sweet, a little bitter and pretty much butterscotch. I’m not normally a fan of their brews but this is pretty good.
Metalchopz (3683) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Originally rated January 2010. Bomber bottle from the LCBO, cellared for a year. Pours a golden-orange colour with lots of little bubbles for carbonation. Huge off-white head that is fluffy with maximum retention and full of lace. Good aromas of the fuggles hop with some notes of nutty and caramel malts. A nice balance again in the flavours, with the caramel malt and the hop. A mild bitterness is present all the way through and into the aftertaste. Notes of nuts, light fruits (oranges, apples) A shock for a brew from Trafalgar... beautiful looking, no infection, very well-balanced all-over. Probably the best beer brewed by this brewer and an excellent overall ESB. garthicus (2963) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 4, 2012
Thanks to Herrbrown. Appearance: golden orange, tiny white head. Aroma: grainy, a little catty, floral. Flavour: average body, a little acidic, floral, bitterness builds as I drink on. Certainly tastes quite nice. Pretty solid. worldbeertaste (1819) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Crystal malt all around. Amber with a nice white thin head. Smells of caramel with dark berries, malt, and some soft hops. Tastes of caramel at first with a dry bitter that washes away to a lingering caramel sweetness. Nice and sweet overall with decent complexity. JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2011
If Trafalgar is good at anything, it’s making Irish brews. Both the Elora Irish and Paddy’s are pretty good and this Irish ESB is even better. Dark-amber appearance and healthy aromas of malt, cherry and watermelon. Excellent gritty texture. Rich flavours of chocolate malt and butterscotch are balanced by accents of chalk and wood. Long bitter finish is pleasantly thirst-quenching and palate-cleansing.