Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
500 ml. Bottle that came with an official Hobgoblin english pint glass in a special canister set. The pour is a dark amber, medium bodied with a very thick and porous light creme-colored head. The nose is a sweet honey with an earthy malty aroma. The taste starts with a quick hint of sweetness, with an earthy and smokey mid that ends in a slightly hopped up finish that leaves the mouth slightly dry. The mouthfeel is slightly more fizzy than expected, but no horrible astringency. A decent bitter. animal8788 (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Red in color with off-white head. Strong hoppy smell. Does not taste as strong as it smells. It has a malty taste, and a little resinous. It tastes more alcoholic than its 5.2%. The aftertaste does not last long at all. zachh (23) - USA - JAN 12, 2007
I’ve always seen this beer around but I was a little hesitant to buy it due to the $9.95 pricetag. It pours, as the picture suggests, much like an amber Dr. Pepper. The initial taste reminds me of 1554, except that it seems to wash away more quickly. I’m probably not going to buy another 6 pack of this. Instead, I’ll get the pint bottles like the one shown in the picture. They are more reasonably priced and look cooler on a wall. Lowe1983 (1621) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of floral hops, dark fruits, and sweet malts. Not much flavor and almost no carbonation. Tastes very watery until the end with a very subtle bitterness. Not good. Capa (3395) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Pours an amber, whisky color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, slight hops, maybe a little alcohol, and some fruits. Mouth is watery with little to no carbonation. Flavor is nearly non-existent untill the end. Mild hop notes, slightly sweet fruit, and maybe a little malt thrown in. Expected better, sorely dissapointed.
bendz1 (87) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Poured copper red with a light tan head that lasts. Aroma was terrible. I was frightened to taste. I felt like I just drove past a skunk that had been flatened on the side of the road. (I have experienced this on several bottles) Taste is suprisingly good once I got past the smell. Malty and finishes a little bitter. I didn’t mind this one. greenmanalishi (551) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 after falling for the presentation of the bottle and the "not for lagerboys" slogannering, i was expecting a little more. pleasantly balanced, but mediocre. BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Dark amber pour topped with a 3-finger light tan head. Nice hoppy aroma, hint of lemon mixed with a pleasing slight malty aroma. Great fresh from the cask English ale taste. madlizzie (12) - ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2007
This beer is spot on! It pours a dark ruddy/cloudy copper colour and has a finger and a half or so of head which disippates quickly. Grassy, earthy hop aroma...This beer is loaded with english hops (Challenger, maybe FUGGLES??) which marries nicely with caramelly, toffee flavored malts. I believe I can taste a hint of complex Maris Otter malts. This brewer knew what he was up to - this beer is extremely well balanced. Overall taste is wonderful in this medium bodied, low to moderately carbonated, smooth drinking beer. This beer would pair wonderfully with an array of fine foods - or just by itself. Brewed with the spring water drawn from the headsprings of the Otter River, this beer has become a regular in my portfolio.
luvcasks (178) - USA - DEC 29, 2006
12 Oz bottle - World Market pours deep brilliant amber with a nice tan head which persists and leaves some lacing behind
Aroma:some herbal notes, malt and some soft fruit notes. Caramel notes as the beer warms up
Taste: nice varied malt flavor with an after finish of chocolate, soft fruits in the nose is carried thru. Some bready notes with a spicy hop flavor and a dry finish. Some card-board notes dont know if it is age or some other reason....
Palate: With medium-low carbonation is flows lightly on the tongue I am thinking a little less carbonation would take some edge off the prickly sensation.
Overall: If only looks could carry all the way thru... a very attractive looking beer which does not seem to do well in the bottle or journey. Not a bad ESB, just nothing special. I would love to try this on cask