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 (1393) - 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 (1397) - 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 (2522) - 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.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light head on it with rich copper color. Fruity and a bit of hop, but the malt is a nice rich flavor to balanace it out. Not what I was expecting, but a very nice ale.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sort of bitter in a piney way. This is no bitter, I'd call it an APA with the amount of hops in this. Comes in a damn big bottle! A bit of an oily mouthfeel.