Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 Very clean looking amber color with a small head...smells a little malty with a very tart way about it...tastes sweet with a crisp bitter finish...this is a fantastic example of ESB...goes great by itself or excellent with a heavy food...
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep clear amber with a rocky off-white head. Taste is malty and woody with the perfect amount of sweetness. Solid hop presence. I picked up notes of peat and light fruitiness. Nice bitter aftertaste with a slight alcohol buzz to it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Great lacing and head retention on this one. Highly recommended.
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Beer Pours a remarkable White Frothy Rootbeerish Head. The Colour is Reddish. The Aroma is kinda faint with some malts and hops evident as well as some sweetness. The Mouthfeel is kinda soft but then a mixture of flavours comes through loud and clear. The Flavour is well balanced with Malts in the forefront and hops in the background. In the middle I detect the Flavour of Nuts, and some butter. This is one very enjoyable beverage and is no where as bitter as the name implies. It is very well balanced. Enjoy!
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Nice mild hoppy aroma. Carmel color, moderately size beige head that didnít last terribly long. The flavor is definitely bitter, but a bitterness that is seems to have a little bit of grapefruit to it. Smooth palate, with very little carbonation. A definitely hoppy aftertaste. A very satisfying drink at the end of the day.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried on a friendís recommendation, and I really enjoyed it. Poured an attractive red-tinged amber with substantial white head. Aroma was a wonderfully malty, sweet caramel scent, somewhat different from the following flavor. As expected, the predominant flavor was a crisp hop bitterness, but this taste was accompanied by a well balanced malt sweetness. This beer is simple in the most delightful way: easy to drink, but full of well-balanced flavors and a great aroma. Good stuff.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: BBD 13/Dec/04: Fruity, floral, musty aroma; solid sweet malty base, slighty nutty, tangy, slight oxidation; solid caramel and toffee notes; bitter floral finish; nice balance
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís about time I tasted this one.. This isnít my favortie style, or one that I would normally try, but this brew was a very nice change for me. Pours a golden amber hue with a small slight off-white head. Aromas of malts, caramel and a little brown sugar, and the flavor follows the aromas. Semi-full mouth feel with a sweetness that lingers, yet is not overpowering.
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured amber with a med. size light tan head.aroma fruits, the fuzzy kind like peaches, malts, some caramel and butterscotch. flavor.malts and caramel, toffee hint of cherries. a nice mouth feel on this one with a nice bitter finish. one of the better esbs I have had
hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a medium reddish/amber color witha small white head. Malty smelling and very watery tasting with a slight bitter aftertaste. Did not hit me as anything special
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl. bottle. Served in snifter.
Reddish amber; moderate head.
A deliciously complex and balanced beer: nicely bitter with a solid, malty background. Impressive, lingering, dry finish.