fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz brown bottle at OíRileyís. Even though I can find this beer anywhere, I found it here in a brown bottle and figured it was my only chance to get one and avoid the problems so many have had with the clear bottles. But itís still an ESB. Good for the syle, carmel color, light caramel head, caramel on the aroma too. Flavor was mostly malty with some fuggles hops that made it typical. Not bad, just Not outstanding.
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle - Pours dark reddish brown with a thin head. The aroma is dominated by caramel malts with a touch of yeast, and that was telling of the flavor as well. There wasnít much going on here. The moderate body was okay and the palate and the finish was dry and lightly bitter. This beer was okay, but at five bucks for one bottle I expected better. Itís definitely not worth it even for a bottle that survived okay despite being clear. I see some reviewers had skunkiness problems. What is it with English ales and their clear bottles? Donít they care about their product? It baffles me.
Dorqui (2220) - Brescia, ITALY - AUG 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intense dark red color with browns reflexes. Dense and fraught. Creamy, soft and fading head. Determined and alcoholic scent with notes of dry wood, cortex, caramel and alcohol. Dry and full bodied taste, rather decided and with overbearing alcohol and bitter content. Dry and of good persistence end.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the Princess Pub. Clear mahogany with a little ring of bubbles. Sweet, malty aroma. More malt and nuts in the taste, but bitter this time. Good brew.
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a nice dark brown with a little head. Aroma was basically yeast and hops not much more than that. Taste was nice, a nice sweet malt taste. I would drink again!
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany with a large, cream colored head comprised of foam. A good deal of lacing accompanies this. Rich and earthy aromas of nuts and caramel. A wet smell of peat is there. The flavor is mostly caramel with a good nuttiness. It is also earthy. Thin bodied and watery, but refreshing. An earthy finish coupled with a touch of bitterness.
SHIG (4952) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black/brown beer with a light brownish creamy head. Thick root dirt smell is totally diffrent from the rich sweet taffey malt flavor. It also has caramel tons.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the keg, which Iíve never seen before. This really appealed to me - dark brownish ESB with minimal hop bitterness and a full, malty body with notes of vanilla and caramel. Nice beer.
chicagobears (467) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky brown ale. Initial skunky aroma masked any good aromas it has. The taste was bitter and nutty. Nothing fancy but a pretty good brew. Would like to sample a cask.
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
1 pint 9 oz bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a thin white head. Aroma was very yeast-like with some malt. Taste was pretty good, very smooth with a caramel, malt flavorings. I would have rather had this in a smaller bottle but enjoyed it overall.