PhillyBeer2112 (2865) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2001
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) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2001
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. turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2000
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. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2000
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.