goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium amber, nice off-white head that slowly recedes and laces very nicely. Aroma is lightly malty, slightly fruity, and medium on the hoppiness. Flavor is sweet and fruity maltiness, ending with a decent hop finish. Body is on the fuller side of medium, super easy drinking, very tasty.
r464 (1918) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 I have had this ESB on tap in London and bottled in the States. A fine example of an ESB. Strong flavor, but not too strong to have a pint or two with dinner.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Full body, I get heavy plum, pear, and unfortunately a little stale cardboard taste.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown color. Full fluffy white head. Nice hoppy aroma. Fairly full-bodied, not too bitter. Smooth and quite refreshing. Expected a little more from the hype but still a good beer.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coper color. Malt aroma. Sweet flavor. Very smooth. Good, but not extraordinary. Would go well with starchy foods.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper-colored with an off-white head. Malty aroma with some hops mixed in. Initially sweet with a bitter hoppy finish. Dry. Very enjoyable.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hard to say anything that hasn't already been said. Excellent beer! Moderate to heavy toasted malt smell with a light fruitiness that leans toward port. Small, white, diminishing, lace head on an amber body. Creamy brew hits the tongue sweet, but finishes oh so bitter and stays bitter on the tongue for a long time with a light alcoholic finish. Be sure to enjoy at the right temperature as that is essential to getting all the flavors!
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Gorgeous clear amber/copper color, medium frothy white head that is mostly diminishing, some lacing. Light-moderate aroma of hops, malt, dough(?), but not as strong as I would have thought. Flavor is sweet initially, well-balanced though with nothing really shining through. Ends in a very bitter, long lasting finish. To my surprise, I didn't find this to be as outstanding as I expected. Still very good, but mainly nondememo or neutral among other bitters, at least to me.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell is bitter hops, wet grass and a slight bit of skunk. Gorgeous, red-gold or brass color to the body. The head is firm and white, beginning thick then laying along the top like a perfect white sheet. No holes show through. Fresh, medium bodied mouthfeel with a mid to low amount of carbonation. Taste is bold and bitter hops, balanced with some nuttiness and maybe just a pat of cocoa. The aftertaste is drying with more of the same flavors mentioned earlier and a little alcohol on the palate. An enjoyable beer, from what I understand is an outstanding brewery. Thats saying something. I normally do not favor English breweries, but I like this a lot and it really makes me want to open up my Fuller's Vintage '99 . Sampled from a 12 oz botle purchased at Total Wine in Mclean, Va.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bright copper color with medium white head. Big malt aroma. Bitter and sweet malt flavor, dough, medium body, clean, hint of fruit, touch of chocolate and caramel flavors. Has a lingering malt finish. A nice beer.