Choos (651) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Aroma is WOW floral berries and strong berries to boot! Apearance is dark red heading toward brown but unfortunately no yeast I could find. Tiny fast dissipating head but so what! Light mochery flavours mixing with some crystal malt and general malt sweetness giving way to a wonderful bitterness at the end. Pretty good mouthfeel with light carbonation. Not a bitter drinker usually but this is now an exception!
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first ESB. I have a preference of Pale Ales/English PA & Ambers. This isn't as hoppy as I expect it would be. Nice warmer upper though. Will consume more to see if my opinion of this catagory improves.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Light amber color. Not much hop flavor, but very well balanced on the malt vs. bittterness. A little disappointed.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber in colour with a frothy head. Nose is malt, flavour is well balanced and moderately bitter. A well balanced and solid beer.
UNCCTF (511) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Poured a deep red-brown color with virtually no head. Flavor was very malty with some hops in the aftertaste that balanced it out nicely. Be that as it may, I didn't think it was THAT good - nothing memorable here whatsoever.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A very well known but very overrated UK beer. The colour is the best bit, being reddy gold, but it's all downhill from there. A spirity, caramelly malt nose then a cloyingly sweet sugary taste with some high-alpha hops lurking around in the background. The finish is short and too sickly sweet. As far as UK beer goes, there's loads better than this rubbish.
TBone (13364) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color. Off-white creamy medium head. Same time fruity and crisp. Full-bodied: lots of hops, malt and hints of honey. Finish is dry but pleasant. You can't get better bitter than this!
Crockett (1027) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a big creamy off white head. No aroma other than a slight toasty caramel. Very good mouthfeel. Toffee, soft malt notes, burnt sugar balancing with hoppy bitters. Quite enjoyable. Moderately bitter with a dry, roasty finish.
rajendra82 (970) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Crystal clear coppery red appearance with a creamy off white head. Effervescent character and lively carbonation lends this beer a slightly rough mouthfeel. Aroma screams of roasted malt goodness and English hops. Tastes dominated by malt with hints of chewy caramel, buttery toffee, lightly roasted nuts, and faint smoked wood. Medium mouthfeel drying on the palette. Understated and graceful hoppyness. Very drinkable beer that embodies quiet elegance and charm.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is small and off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty with a nice flowery hor to it. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is nicely bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, dry and creamy texture, soft carbonation. A strong example of a good esb.