boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2003 The beer is a bit of a coppery color. Somewhat of a head, but little retention. Slightly citric/hop aroma. A bit of maltiness to the taste. Tasty, but lacking the stronger hop characteristics of a true ESB. There are better ones are definitely out there.
kublai3 (175) - Staten Island, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2001
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2001
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent at best. Maybe I am too accustomed to the American Hopped ESB’s? Burnt cinnamon toast aroma and very sweet flavors of caramel. I agree with Aubrey, this is a little too sweet and wouldn’t want more than one. Thanks to Aubrey in sending me this.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i was expecting to hate this beer because i am nowhere near hop-head status.
i was pleasantly surprised. granted, if the beer is supposed to be quite bitter then it would be a disappointment.
dark golden--almost reddish, in color. creamily frothed head, sort of a vanilla/apple aroma and flavor. only a slight bitter aftertaste. i quite liked this beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really bitter enough to be called a bitter. Some bitter, some hops, but not much character really. Really quite thin in texture. A disappointment.
Jimmylib (169) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2001
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 30, 2001
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with a short persistent head and hoppy aroma. Bitterness is not overwhelming, allowing the hop flavoring and subtly roasted flavor to make their way through. Slightly dry finish. Not a favorite style of mine, but a pleasant drinking experience nonetheless.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 30, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma has a fruity hop bitterness to it. The hoppy nature is only present in the first few sips though, then it mellows quite considerably. A lighty nutty and bitter, with yeasty undertones, a very nice ESB.
Dead Rex99 (19) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better ESB’s this side of the pond.
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
An exceptionally well balanced ESB,
with good malt sweetness paired
with a background of bitterness.
There’s also a nice hint of hop
aroma. Maybe a bit lacking on
body for an ESB but other very good.