PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good beer, but not the best in the Fullers lineup. My sampling was of unknown age, but this beer should survive a few years and it could not have been more than 2-3 years old. Poured lightly hazy red-amber with a dense khaki head. Rich raisiny/fig aroma, not much hop aroma (herbal). Nicely balanced palate, its lightly sweet with caramel and raisin notes, followed by an herbal cough drop finish, which was surprisingly dry, with a light lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was lightly tingly from the carbonation.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty strong hop presence. Some detectable maltiness. Small head on a brown body. Watery mouthfeel, and low, but persistant carbo. Alcohol more noticable than many other ales that are significantly higher ABV. Not bad, but I'll stick to Old Peculier
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Dark amber/light brown color. Modest light tan head. Hops and malt aroma with hint of alcohol (like a cognac) and dark fruits. Early roast barley/coffee quickly followed by strong hops, then a warm alcohol finish (again, like a cognac).
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, copper-amber color. There was little carbonation. The head sticks around for quite a while. It's rocky and tan. Full, hoppy aroma. A tasty beer. Smooth drinking, good mouthfeel. As far as my experience tells me, this is a good representation of the style. I think I may keep some of this on hand at my house as a study beer or something. Furthermore, the fact that's it's bottle-conditioned, means that it has the potential for extended shelf life. Hats off to Fullers, once again.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear deep orangish/amber with a thin almond colored head. aroma is malty bready and slightl caramel. flavor is buttery toffee. can detect the alcohol a tiny bit. has a woody finish and aftertaste.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Working with a slightly stopped up nose I didn't detect much aroma. Wonderful golden color and great taste. It left a with an earthy finish
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of flowers, sugar, light fruit, alcohol and cake. Aroma is almost too strong too sweet. Mild on the tongue at first, with a more harsh finish, but not overwhelming. Can't pick out any strong flavors, just a nice sweet, syrupy sense with this one.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This amber ale has a medium white head. The nose has richly caramely maltiness with flowery and toasty elements. The palate is medium with caramel and some light hops on the finish.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep amber/brown with medium tight beige head. Floral hop aromas, along with coffee and caramel. Very floral taste, with hints of roasted coffee.. chocolate.. caramel. Sweet malt well balanced by hops and roasted grains. Lovely and smooth too :)
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I've tried quite a few ESAs, and I really wasn't that impressed by this one. The flavor and aroma were dominated by honey and assorted floral accents. Over and over again I thought about the smell and flavor of dandelions. Finish was plenty bitter but unfortunately there was little hop flavor to speak of. Typical English malt profile: smooth, creamy, toffee-like, etc., but not enough to enthrall me. Definitely not Fuller's best.