Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 Bottle. Nice amber pour with a loose one finger off white head. Nose is strong of malt, spice(almost a black pepper) and caramel. Great bitter flavor. The palate is clean and sharp. Flavor notes are of caramel, spice, and malt. The bitterness is perfect: it is good and bitter, but not so bitter that it is unenjoyable. The finish is dry and almost a little sweet. This is pretty much a perfect beer. The flavor is very complex and well balanced, the finish is sharp and full. This is the best ESB I have ever had, and it will be the gold standard which I use to measure other ESBís.
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml dark brown bottle and smart label-good packaging.The Griffin should have an eagle-like head. this one's been pinched from the Welsh Dragon.But I digress! Lovely hoppy aroma and then malt.Nice clear dark amber appearance.Malt flavour really bitter at first. This seems to recede as the glass empties.Full mouthfeel with dry finish.Lets you know in no uncertain terms that its a strong ale.Not my favourite Fuller's brew but not bad at all.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle BB 2005
Copper-coloured and topped with 1" of creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet, zesty, spicy and herbal. Flavour is sublime, well balanced between malt and hops. Flavour is earthy, woodsy, with a hint of leather and some fruity sweetness. Long faintly bitter finish. Rich mouthfeel. This was a good well-balanced beer, but it didn't grab me the way I was expecting/hoping it to.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2004
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. I'm sure it was a mistake to get it in the bottle, I'm sure it is much better on tap. It poured from the bottle looking pretty good, nice amber color and not much of a head. Aroma was really nothing, smelled a little like old bottled beer. Taste was not what I was expected, my tap water is more bitter than this. Again it just tasted like old bottled beer. How I would love to try this on tap.
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is the best bitter i've had. the aroma grabs you and says stop smelling and start drinking, very well balanced, flavor bvut has a strong bitter flavor that is great. has a it has a fresh not quite lemony taste that is great. so good you have to order a second to make sure.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Anthony's old city pub. Nutty aroma, and really nutty flavor: Bass Ale's big brother. Big full round mouth feel. Empty pint glass coated with lace.
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Doesn't come this way in the pub. Bitterness and beer. What's the fuss? Another Newkie Brown - all fur coat and no knickers.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very tasty. A hoppy flavor that is incredibly smooth. I recently included it in my collection of my favorite beers I got for my friend.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on my top ten list - scrumptiously hoppy flavor and wonderfully smooth mouthfeel - love the bottle too - fits just right in the hand. london pride is its classic kid brother
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber in color with an ample head of bubbly white froth. Slightly funky dirty malt aroma, and a medium smooth mouthfeel. Sweetness followed by a mild bitternness. Not bad.