Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good looking brew, light brown color with a full, off-white head. The aroma is caramel malts, some sweetness, and a solid spicy topping. Very smooth in the mouth. Tasty sweet malts blanced with pome fruits, herbs, and a nice hop bitterness. Slighty sour aftertaste, but not offensively so. A good ESB.
TheFnTexan (14) - Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
I really wanted to like this beer. Itís pretty when poured and has a wonderful aroma. The taste ruined the whole thing though, unfortunately. Horrible aftertaste that made me not even want to take the next drink.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beautiful color especially in the La Chouffe glass. The head is large and thick and coats the glass nicely.
The aroma is awesome. Sweet hot buttered toffee with caramel and honey along with a very herbal hop profile.
I am considering this as a learning experience and not a tasting because I am really trying to understand this style.
Iím struggling to identify flavors and get through this one. Nice sweet carmelized malt taste with a lot of light fruits but I am struggling with the hops and the yeast in this one as both give the beer an herbal/mineral/antibiotic flavor. This tastes like mineral water....not beer. Blah.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite ESBs. Attractive amber color, with a nice creamy head. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Malty, sweet tastes w/ a bitter aftertaste. Very nice.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 On tap at the Pub Italia in Ottawa. Redish brown color. medium, creamy white head and nice lacing. Very interesting aroma of spicy hops, precisely Golding hops, and caramel. Great, crisp, balanced flavor of spicy hops (Golding) and strong caramel malt. Moderate bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, slightly oily texture. This beer is simply amazing, very well balanced.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Iíve been waiting and waiting to try this stuff. Pretty damn good ESB. So is this what English bitters are supposed to taste like? Cause Iíve had a few others and this is more asssertive. Tasted much like a SNPA.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel, toffee, toasty malt aromas with a note of mint. Deep, bright, clear copper coloured with decent off-white head that recedes to nicely cover. Caramel malts and clean herbal balancing bitterness lead us quickly to a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel and medium-light body with very gentle carbonation. Very balanced and highly quaffable. Bottle. Thanks, JoeMcPhee.
Boutip (5464) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Poured a clear light brown colored ale with a small creamy head with standard retention. Aroma is quite weak with only light roasted malt being noticeable. Taste is quite refreshing but again a bit weak on taste with some roasted malts and light dry finish. I was quite disappointed by the strong watery finish and Iím wondering if this one wasnít shot through nitro before falling into my glass. Anyway, I still persist with my belief that Fullers beers should only be drank from cask.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Offical tasting with represetatives from the brewery.Sept 2004
A Fullerís fav for many of my friends. I, however, am not so impressed. A bit too harsh and slightly "chemical". Not bad, but they do several better beers. 5/5/6/4/11 3.1
Keg @ Bishops Arms, Sundsvall
Served in their (Fullerís) new branded glases. Toffee and fruits in aroma. Served a bit too cold. Fresh, new, slightly green taste. I like. Very bitter also in aftertaste. One of the best Fullerís ESB Iíve had.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2004
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Golden amber with a trace of a beige head. Aroma of fruity figs adn some nuts. A bit stale tasting with quite a nasty aftertaste. If anything it has honey adn nuts on the tongue with almost a charcoal bitterness on the finish. Could not finish. Could be a bad bottle and if I ever try it again with different results, I will re-rate.