CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper with a thin white lacy head and a pleasant, lightly bitter aroma. Great caramel malt character with a touch of toasted malt and moderate bitterness. Flavor is smooth, sweet and clean. One of the best bitters I have had.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber in color. Malty, sweet hoppy nose. I am tasting lots of lemon zest in here with somewhat of a bite as well. Very smooth to drink with a full mouthfeel. Nothing "sharp" about this beer; all of the flavors meld together.
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2003
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very attractive crystal clear amber colored ale. Slight hop aroma. Very subtle light bodied ale. Carmel malt flavor with a light hop follow through. A very smooth beer but a bit to subtle for my taste.
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber beer. Beautiful to look at and a very pleasant drink. I took my first sip while it was still in the bottle then took the second from a pinter. Subtle improved flavor and nose from the pint. Nice rich beer with a nice bite. Could use a pinch more hops but that's coming from a huge hop head. Oh...A bit pricey. Ouch!
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Caramel-toffee! Beautiful color, nice slightly-offwhite head, just and excellent bitter. I'm more of a fan of Belgian ales, but I must admit this is a superb ESB. Without a doubt, one of the best bitters I've even had. Smooooooooth as silk.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just judged this style in a local homebrew competition, and boy do I wish we had one of these. Aroma is caramel malt, some light fruit and spicy hops. It is a brilliant clear copper color with good head retention. The flavor is big caramel malt up front, but nicely balanced with hop bitterness and flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. A perfect example of the ESB style.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Alesmith. Tea colored. Bready aroma. Flavor is bready, doughy, hint of nuts, and pretty hoppy for an ESB. Not bad but not one of their standouts.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tea colored with a thin slightly sticky white head. Fesh hops in the nose. Bready malts and herbal flowery hops. Nice medium mouthfeel. Bready floral finish. Beuty of a session beer.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating of January 31, 2003 - Had on tap at Alesmith Brewery
Somehow I had frequented Alesmith countless times, yet never had the ESB. Big mistake - I had no idea what I was missing out on. Pours with a golden brown hue with a carbonation that rises throughout keeping the medium-sized head on the top of the beer throughout the drinking. The aroma is malty with a few hops. The taste is slightly bitter, but not too overwhelming. What got me here was the appearance - simply a beautiful beer. The golden-brown hue looks great and with a head that lingers throughout and just the right amount of carbonation, I highly recommend this ESB. Not too strong and very drinkable. A nice way to round out my visit to Alesmith after the very good, but very strong Horny Devil.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is brown sugar and malts. A lighter bodied ESB. Malty and slightly hoppy. Well balance. Very tasty. More in the English style of bitter. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.