TAR (2552) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle conditioned: Shiny copper. Loose head formation slowly condenses to a rocky patch. Just a hint of airy phenols and candied apples beneath richly nutty malts and fragrantly earthy hops. Weightless, but heavily active, carbonation. Creamy malt structure of baking bread and caramel-glazed nut nuances balance the initial earthy hop sting. Hoppy acidity goes unmasked due to the fuzzy texture. Sharp mineral notes simultaneously exaggerate the appetizing dryness and brash Goldings bitterness while combating the body-bolstering nuttiness which progressively strengthens. Malts eventually lose their intensity to the dry, perfumey hop finish as a mere dab of toasty huskiness lingers. Well made, but itís a touch too clean, flavorwise, and the fruitiness (apple) is a hindrance to the aromatic malt.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Twickenham BF. Had it under the name íRed Diamondí. Quite bitter stuff. Quite dry and grainy. There is a touch of sticky toffee, but quickly dries out with a woody, earthy hops bitterness. Slightly burnt, tea-like flavours. A bit salty. Pretty nice.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned at Twickenham beer festival 2004, day 2. The beer I was most eager to try. I travelled on the first day to Twickenham, meeting up with Chris_o and Duff. Despite promises of no beers being kept back and being told when we got there it would be on later that night, it did not materialise. So I returned with Duff the following day, to try a few more beers. This is the one I wanted to try the most.
Poured brown, with not too much in the way of a head. Aroma is typical Fullerís and typical cask Fullerís ESB, very nice. The beer itself is different to the regular ESB, still a strong, fruity and sweetish bitter, but this is hoppier & drier. The alcohol is more apparent also, but itís not anywhere close to being overpowering.