blipp (9275) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Draft at Rattle. Pours golden amber with a white head. Crystal malt, toasted malts, some lingering astringent bitterness, and background diacetyl. Not good. boto (2211) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2004
12oz. bottle: This one is kind of a deep coppery amber, almost brown in color. The head on mine wasn't too big, and went down rather quickly. A little bit of a caramel aroma with the hops. The flavor is a good balance of medium malt body and slightly piney hops. Fairly decent. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
172** Damn, Captain Curry gives big, frothy, caramel colored, storm cloud sized head, I could only fit a quarter bottle of this ESB into the 16oz glass before the head billowed over the top of the glass by several inches. I’m talking insolating foam head, UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Very very dark. In fact, I'd say this is more of a brown ale color. Head forms only as patches of white mist, with a ring of head around the edges. Aroma is a little different, with a bit of caramel. Sort of like a cross betwen a mild and a bitter. That's ok by me. Flavor is malty and slightly fruity, with a touch of breadiness and enough hopping to support. Body is medium, on the heavy side of the spectrum, with mild carbonation and a long malty finish. While not an ESB in the strictest sense, i thought it was pretty damn good. jgb9348 (6256) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Dark, Dark in colour with an insanely large head. The taste strikes the palate instantly and hits with bitterness and some malt and hops. Soon after the initial taste is a feeling of nothingness, which is somewhat odd given the colour and initial flavour. Not a great beer, especially if looking for a beer a good aftertaste!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Somewhat thin body, but full of malts and earthiness. Not really very bitter at all, but its not a bad-tasting beer. notalush (5876) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Amber-copperish color with a tiny head and an aroma of subtle hops and fruit. The flavor is very floral, with a decent amount of hops, and a slight bitterness lingering within a slightly dry finish. This is a decent beer that would go great with seafood. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Reddish body with rising carbonation, got cloudy once I finished pouring, huge (and I mean HUGE) head, fruity nose. Bitter, metallic, grainy, unpleasant. Drain pour. May have been a bad bottle. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Iced tea color with particles suspended. Thin, foamy off white head. Scattered, big bubbled carbonation. Caramel and roasted malt aroma with toasted grain notes as well as some grassy hops. Toasty and lightly crisp with a strong Goldings bitterness and flavor. Sharp metallic bite and lengthy grassy aftertaste. Wafer thin sweetness. Medium light body. Metallic notes fade thankfully. Goldings and Willamette hop flavors take over as it warms. Finishes better with toasted grains and a leafy hop underlay and bitterly balanced ending. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Pass the biscuits, we’ve got butter,we’ve got butter.a good esb, I was surprised,pleasant buttery taste in this beer, I just like to joke about it.Nice malt and hop balance,casually assertive.