MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2003 Orange-amber color, frothy off-white head that leaves a nice sticky lace in my glass. Bready and citrusy aromas, bready caremel flavors, medium to full bodied with a somewhat rough mouthfeel, a bit unbalanced yet tasty. The hops really stand out in the end with a bitter finish, not bad.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I consider this the mother of west coast ales. Fine, deep malt perfectly accented by citrus cascade hops. Bitter, stunning finish. Wonderful lacing on the glass. I am so glad they’ve made this available in 12oz on our fair coast.
Panzuriel (1340) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sharp and tangy aroma with hints of citrus type scents. Pleasant bitterness with a hint of plastic flavor? Sweet flavor fades to a saline type after taste.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden orange. Hefty off white frothy head. An occasional bubble of carbonation. Aroma of buttery yeast, mild soap, butterscotch and alcohol esters. Delicate presence. Alcohol taste mixed with toffee malts and spicy hops. Medium full body. Soft and faintly carbonated. Fairly dry. A touch soapy. Alcohol is tasted a bit too much at times. Not hugely malty either. Finishes rough, alcoholic and with more soap (although mild). Very rudimentary.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice medium orange amber color.creamy head. malt and fruit in the nose. medium bitterness. perfect balance between roasted malts and spiciness of the hops. Long lingering finish. This is an exceptional example of an ESB and a classic. 6.8? Where’s the alcohol?
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear amber color, the head is creamy, long lasting, beige and the lace quite generous. Nose is clean and crisp, light hints of citrus, malt and just a tad buttery. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish has a generous hop presence, lightly acidic, dry, and quite pleasureable as it’s a ’Cozy’ 112 degrees Fahrenheit or 44.4 Celsius. Ranks #465 on my current 1000 beer list.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good ESB. Went down quick. I had it with a piece of filet mignon good combo. The ESB has a nice clean bitter taste.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice blend of malt and hops in this new, favorite beer of mine. A very sweet, malty, initial taste is followed by a blast of hoppiness mixed with a delicious blast of smooth, creamy butterscotch. I LOVE THIS BEER!
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a slightly couldy golden color with very small bits of sediment present. It formed a huge, nice white head that left some nice lace. An aroma of malt, hop and caramel. The flavor was of malt and caramel with a slight hint of hops. A medium body finish that had elements of the caramel. A good beer, it a tad sweet for my ESB tastes.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The nose is all soft and Englishy, and I love it. The malts are quite bitter, not at all doughy, yeast is subtle, and a fair dose of hops does make this a bit ’arousing’ as in the commercial description. Clear as a bell. No real heft or creaminess to the body. Lasting frothy head. Quite good, but not quite great.