wabeerman (24) - Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Was thrilled to see this beer at Grinders (Shoreline, WA) - paired wonderfully with their Meatball/Sausage Sandwich. Wonderful rich malty tones, but not heavy. AdamGott (387) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2012
brown with caramel colorings - aroma of malt, hops and molasses - overly sweet (it’s almost as if they melted a caramel into each bottle!) with lots of malt and alcohol and slight brown sugar - This beer could definitely use some more hops to balance the sickly sweet malt! I think I paid $6 for this bottle and would easily rather have almost any $2 bottle in it’s place. jamesie1857 (1980) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Rich brown with a white laced head. Syrupy texture with as bitter aftertaste of yeast, hops and bitter fruit. Dnomder (30) - Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 Smells like a hangover. Tastes of salt and dirty pub carpet. Terrible beer. Dont mind hobgobblin on tap, this however, is horrid superflyguy (439) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
a half decent night cap.
thick dark ruby pour. caramel, toffee and dark fruit. light carb. a little too sweet and lacked any real depth of character.
liinis (1791) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2012
Reminds me too much of a beer I made from a kit tuning it a bit. so a bit negative reminder. a bit metallic not too good evergreen0199 (3492) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle from Tesco in Watford. A reddish/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Vague sweet, malty aroma. Tastes sweet, malty, dark fruit, caramel. Probably better on cask. Lacking in complexity. rifraf (1) - - JUN 19, 2012 does not count
Smooth and malty. Low head retention and aroma. Light bitterness but enough to balance malt. AnnaE (1) - SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2012 does not count
Good, but: This beer has to much of a taste of alcohol rather than smoke and chocolate that I usually prefer. cyrenaica (1159) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
Box describes beer as an English Strong Ale, not an ESB. I tried this beer on October 6, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent dark rusty-red colour with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was nutty malt, floral hops, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet, malty, with some nuts. Alcohol was noticeable.