In San Francisco there lies many a great beers. During a recent trip, my friend Jason and I found our way to the Thirsty Bear, the first stop of many that night! They had a decent variety on tap and their menu looked good as well, but I went with the Nitro Conditioned (from a traditional "Firkin" keg) ESB.
It pours a deep copper with a tight head.
The aroma is very slight with some floral hop and light sweet malt.
It has big molasses right off with some sweet malt and burnt sugar developing in the body. This is rounded off by a soft floral hop bitterness at the end, but fails to completely curb the sweetness in the finish. Some may enjoy the finishing sweetness, I tend toward a cleaner finish rather than sweet and this one fell a little on the sweet side.
The aftertaste is burnt sugar with bitterness that builds. Sticky molasses dominates the palate.
If in the city, it would be worth the time to hunt the Thirsty Bear down and give it a try, since they aren't bottling...