hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, flowers and a little nutty. Tastes of flowers, caramel (lighter than the aroma), nuts and light toffee. The light bitter finish balances out the sweet start. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Courtesy of Firemoose15
Grain-like and musty aroma with a hint of peanuts and double mint bubble gum. Tea colored with a thin, but firm white head. Sweet grape juice and malt flavors in the fore. A tad hoppy for the style, but still has all the requisite ESB flavors. altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
Pretty standard ESB from the US. Maybe just a touch too syrupy. OK once in a while. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Pours a clear bright copper with a thin-lacing, puffy off-white head. Grainy, sweet crystal malty aroma has a touch of English hoppiness and some mustiness. Body starts with a semi-sweet, dry, grainy maltiness, a thick palate and a bittersweet hoppy finish. A decent, fairly authentic ESB. Thanks to IMtheOptimator for the bottle! DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 15, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) This ESB is distinctly not in the American style, but is much more British to me. It’s not boldly flavorful, it’s not bready, it’s not packed with roasty malts, and it’s not strongly bitter. Instead, I’m getting a pretty obvious nuttiness, a slight toastiness, and a gentle hop bitterness from start to finish, along with an unexpected, but greatly appreciated smokiness dominating the finish. Nutty, lightly grainy, and slightly smoky nose. Light-medium in body, gently carbonated, and pretty oily mouthfeel, so it’s smooth and pleasant on the palate. Straight amber color and nearly fully clear in appearance. Small and short-lived off-white head settles to a tiny ring, leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass. Not at all what I expected from another American ESB, but this one is a good one.
IMtheOptimator (1169) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Poured an effervescent honey amber with a tall off-white head. Aroma of caramel and a touch of grassy hops. Taste is sweet caramel, small touch of hops, touch of toffee. Thin flavor that evaporates in the mouth. A little too sweet for me. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
07.20.05 12oz bottle thanks to Weyerbacher dude at BCTC. Deep copper pour, clear, medium off white head fades quickly to a ring and laces. Earthy aromas, bread crust, dead old dry flower bouquet. Dry brew with some caramel, some oxidation, a bit floral and peppery, mild peat. Solid session stuff, but this bottle, a short pour, may be slightly off. It’s still plain to see past the oxidation that this is a good brew. Nejhleader (1560) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2005
eh it wasn’t too bad. not an incredibly great esb, but it was a okay beer. pretty average all around, maybe i got an old bottle. I’ll have to rerate if I get another one. r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2005
I am a big ESB fan, but I was not thrilled with this one, though I have also been a Weyerbacher fan as well. This is too hoppy and makes me think much more of an IPA than as ESB. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2005
12 oz bottle obtained in a trade with Firemoose15.. Thanks Mel! Pours amber and pretty clear with a nice frothy white head that laces the glass. Aroma is of sharp hops and caramel malts. Flavor is quite malty and sweet, notes of caramel and nuts but finishes with a nice sharp bitter hop finish. On the palate this is quite crisp and clean and has a nice bitter bite and even sourness to it on the finish. This is a pretty good ESB.