turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2000
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bitter as I expect for an ESB, actually this beer tends to have more characteristics of a brown. The chewiness in this beer I enjoyed.
PhillyBeer2112 (2771) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think this is one of the best American ’ESB’s’ I’ve had. Appropriately, it had a full malty palate, with firm English hops giving it the right grassy, resiny flavor. Remember, an ESB should be brewed to a higher gravity and should end up with no shortage of malt flavor. I esp enjoyed their use of caramel malt.
MainerInExile (41) - Bangor, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I agree with past raters that this closely resembles a brown ale. I’m not a huge brown ale fan, but I like this. Probably because the hops are more pronounced than a brown ale. The aroma has something in it I can’t quite identify, and am not sure I’ve seen (smelled) before. Perhaps it’s the caramel malt, but I don’t know. Sweetness followed by bitter hops, makes for an interesting beer. Troegs ESB is darker than most ESBs, again leaning toward a brown ale color. Not a great ESB, but it works as a bitter brown ale.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2000
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a reddish tint. Nutty and chewy, almost has a brown ale flavor. Not a lot of ’nasal’ aroma; mostly mouthbound flavor. Initially sweet; finishes dry and bitter. Low carbonation. Extra specially bitter indeed.