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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Bright copper color, sparkling clarity, and good foam retention when properly served. Appealing Brussels lace. Deep toasty/caramelly malt balanced by spicy/fruity hop flavors accented by fruit esters resulting from fermentation with a championship yeast strain. The aroma is subtle and reflects the flavor with malt, hop and fruit (ester)/fermentation characteristics. Smooth, medium-bodied. Easy drinking with no harsh or astringent sensations.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2003
A nice cloudy golden amber body with a thin, white head. The aroma begins to show the nice balance of malt and hops found in this beer. Slightly sweet with hints of nuts and whole grains. The hops provide a definite bitterness in the nose. They're not really citrusy or piney, although there are elements of both, but the aroma really seems to show more hop bitterness than anything else. Very easy drinking: smooth and velvety on the way down. Balance again defines the flavor. The malt is grainy and nutty, the hops are only slightly bitter, and then there is a pleasant light fruit addition as well. This beer just tastes like its well crafted. A pleasure to drink.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5106) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Oct, 2003Tastes like a fairly average bottle conditioned British bitter. The irony is that Fly’s friend Doug carried this all the way across the Atlantic for me. Fruity aroma. As with most bottled conditioned bitters this tastes of the yeast, though in a mostly pleasant manner. [2.8]
March, 2007ChrisFest This does taste rather stale and muddy so I assume it is not in the condition it should be. Restrained bitter American type hops in a murky malt. [2.0]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 29, 2003
The best ESB out there. Appropriately carbonated for the style. Perfect balance of malt body and light bittering hops. One of my favorite all time beers. I buy it by the keg at the brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Nice brown/copper color. Some hop flavors that are fruity and pine-like. Very smooth. Easy drinking is an understatement. Pretty good. I was expecting a more in your face beer. Pleasantly mild.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
This beer has some pronounced floral hops in both aroma and taste. Not too bitter, but very floral. If you like flowers, pick this up.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2003
"russet" amber color, with tan foam, hazy, very "autumnal" aroma. Roasted malt and hop flavors make for a rather English flavor that's dead-on, but not really my favorite style of brew...not even one of the top ten, truth be told. Good beer though, if forced to "be real" about it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Good red color with a nice tight head. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of malt. Nice and bitter. A very good ESB. No if only I could find a steady supply.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2003
As I let it warm it seemed the balance slipped from a caramel malt sweetness to a nice hop bitering. Been a long time since I had this one. Were it not so hard to get my hands on I would definitely go back more often. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Nice ale. Brew pours nice head and appears reddish brown. Head is retained with good lacing. Aroma is hoppy and mildly floral. Flavor is predominantly bitter in a very good way. I like.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2525) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Bottle. Dark brown amber color with a laced tan head. Toasted malt aroma and flavor with little else (in style). A bitter quick bite that quickly rolls off the flavor palate after a solid malt tour de force.


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