Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby pour light head and some lace. Lightly roasted malts, bitter hops, with citrus and some pine. Bitter hops, sweet malts, some caramel hints in the flavors. Nicely balanced between the malts and hops. The palate is fruity and hoppy and the finish is a touch bitter. I find this beer to be fairly well balanced. But that’s my opinion and I could be right.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby orange, firefly colored with lots of lacing & sticky head. The aroma is citrusy with hops and sweet maltiness. The flavor is moderately bitter with some good caramel malts & a scosch of pnw bitterness. Light diactyl in the tail & finish. Not bad, good esb, seems too bitter and unbalanced though.
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden amber. Attractive hop aroma. Malt is caramelly sweet, but mostly mundane. Unbalanced toward bitterness. Somewhat reminiscent of Rogue YSB.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber, excellent clarity, cascade aroma, very hoppy for an ESB (more like an India Brown Ale). Balanced on the side of bitterness.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper colored with a thin floating tan head and nice lacing. The aroma isn't strong but there are hints of caramel and hops. Light and creamy with a nice combination of caramel, and nut like malt flavors. Followed by a hoppy finish that leaves a touch of bitterness in the throat and the back of the tongue tingling. A perfect finish to a nice tasting beer.
jsquire (3562) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color out of the bottle with a thin, off-white head. Bitter hops are promised in the nose and they are present in the flavor, but more subtle. Bready malt sweetness balancing the hops that are there. I bet it would be better with food.
boto (1891) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bomber: This one poured a fairly clear, pretty much copper color. There was a decent head off-white, but it dissapated quickly. There was very little lacing down the glass. The aroma is mainly grapefruit hops, with a hint of pine. The taste was a good balance of malts and bitterness. A pretty decent ESB.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Redbones: Clear orange color with a thin white head. Light flowery hops aroma, smooth drinking without much carbonation, ends lightly bitter and crisp. Went great with BBQ.
PorterPounder (5711) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Sharps Roasters by the Seattle Airport. Starts off with a pleasant fresh floral and citrusy aroma. The pour is a dark copper color in appearance with a light off-white head with very good lacing. Has a hoppy grapefruit like flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. Has a good strong mouthfeel - fisnished strong.
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber color. Large head. Aroma is caramel malts, fruits (cherries) and spices. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are nutty. Fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. A nice ESB, it’s bitter enough so that it has all the ESB qualities, but it has a nice nutty and fruity sweetness. It very smooth for being as bitter and hoppy as it is. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.