TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was neato, it wasnt like a hop bite bitterness though where it kind of washes over your mouth like say sierra nevada. The bitterness was just "there" in that very bhuddist kind of sense...pretty good and enjoyable. Malty nose with some florals going on.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent color and clarity. Not too bitter but what bitterness there is from the hops lingers for a little while after drinking. A definate enjoyment to drink. I have not had many bitters but this stands at the head of them all. Oh, and a decent head also when poured from their different bottle.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Its funny what the english consider bitter. I found no bitterness in this product or anything else admirable to make me want to buy this again.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice rich bronze color. Malty and fruity with robust hop bitterness and hints of toffee and honey.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this on tap, cask conditioned. Nice brew, but not all that bitter.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best ESB Iíve ever had, very balanced and Iím looking forward to enjoying more this winter.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite enjoyable. Smells exactly like (but tastes nothing like) Sam Smithís Nut Brown Ale. Very nice dark amber color with nice lace that builds to a mild head around the sides of the glass. More malty than bitter, but still very tasty. Not likely to overly excite a straight-out hophead, but I will definitely buy it again. Very nice winter ale with a nice dry finish.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Pours a deep amber bordering on reddish brown with a finger and half worth of off-white head. Carbonation is mild and a nice bitter hop character balances smootly with malt caramel flavor underlying. The head is quickly diminishing, but leaves behind ample lacing. A fine easy drinker!
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 One of my favorite memories comes from attempting to "ween" my youngest from the habbit of wanting a sip from my beers when she was only two years oldd or so. Thought this one would make her stop, but NO - she wanted MORE! Iíve since lost the taste for this I once had, but enjoy the buterscotch and other flavors now and again.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
last one I had ahad a touch of sour malt