krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
polished brass, neon pumpkin and candy corn. bright. head blew up like spring mushrooms, and just as quickly was gone. moderate aroma fraternizes with the likeness of a big straw basket filled with oranges, ginger, cocoa, bread and nuts. perfect micro-carbonation guides light carmelly sweetness with strawberry notes to a place on the tongue where such delicate malts can abide and prosper amid the ample bitterness of tea and just a temperate note of alcohol. very entertaining beverage who's only conspicuous fault is how quickly it disappeared. i want more of that cunning bitterness. why? because it's so special-- so EXTRA special.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this one was great. Dark amber colour with a medium head to it that left a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Hops in the nose and taste but mostly a caramel flavor. Not too bitter with a medium finish to it. Good stuff
jutuahol (189) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, sparkling, pretty thick beige head, slightly lace. Strong, but creamy & smooth, caramel-like, flowery, notes of butter or toffee. Full body, balanced, creamy, caramel-like and easy to drink. Moderately bitter, a bit alcohol-like, notes of butter and nuts. Bitter, creamy and long finish.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
strong caramel aroma, molasses and hops. Pours a lovely copper brown, head is foamy and dense, quality lacing. Burnt caramel flavour, with nice presence of hops. Body is satisfying. Very smooth and well balanced. An enjoyable bitter.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice all the way around. Good malts and hops without being overpowering.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a good amber color. With 1/4 inch head that lasted several minutes. Flavor is malty and bittery - works well as an ESB. Overall, this is very good - as are all Fuller's products I've had.
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Re-rate:
I have to balance my rating between the bottle and nitro pumped version. Bottle is not nearly as good, but as a draft: Great start that smells like biscuits and an even better finish, crisp but nutty aftertaste.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Update: 22.02.08, 50cl bottle, bbe 20.11.08. Very clear amber-tan hue with an unimpressive, foamy, off-white head. Muddled aroma has an earthy theme and allows me to catch glimpses of damp linen, pepper, light toffee, peaches and tea. Sometimes it gets a bit salty or catty. Semi-sweet flavour is softly salty, finishing fruity with peaches and a floral bitterness. Light tea astringency builds from the first sip. Medium bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation...flimsy. Soft, without intrigue.
50 cL bottle, pint glass, 50 degrees. Finally! The local stores have started carrying this again! Very large, rocky, frothy, well lasting off-white head is on a clear red-amber body. Cookie, caramel malt; mostly flowery, but a little piney hops. Aroma is pretty simple, but quite inviting. Oh...now thatís tasty. Definitely a malt dominant ESB. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately bitter finish. No acidity. Great creamy body, medium weight, soft carbonation. A highly drinkable ESB. The bottom line is: I didnít know it until now, but when I thought of what a great pint of ale should taste like, it was this beer. Original rating: 8, 4, 7, 4, 15 = 3.8.
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 (1928) - 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.