Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SilkTork (5106) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
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]
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"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.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jazz88 (2525) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.