MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear and reddish amber. Big dimishing beige head and sticky lace. Aroma is malty and caramel. Flavor is sweet, malt, and slightly bitter finish. Very mild overall and very little carbonation. Has a nice lingering flavor. I probably need to taste some other ESB to see if this is the style for me. I probably wonít be buying this again.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent ruby orange color with a very nice white head. Excellent aroma of sweet tobacco. Matched by a wonderful flavor of carmel, merlot, and some subtle spicy hops. Far better than my expectations!!!
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 If I vas brewink zis bier in Chermany I vould not be changink a ting. It ist perfect for style unt eben usink Hallertau hops vould not be betterink it. Zis ist ein ov mein favorite Englander biers unt yet Helga zhe zay,"It hast ZUM malt schmell." Oy Vey!!
Earlier Rating: 2/18/2005 Total Score: 4
Ahhh, Fullers ESB, what makes this an "extra special bitter" is the Golding hops. The marriage of Goldings and malt is a thing to behold. Like Hallertau and Saaz, Goldings is top class. Combine this with a great roasted malt, caramel flavor and you got yourself a winner.
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored, with aroma of malt, some hops, caramel, brown sugar, cognac, and merlot. Tastes of caramel malt, toffee, and some finishing hops. Smooth palate and a delightful finish. Very good.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Andyís on tap. This poured golden with nice fluffy head, Aroma of hops and grapefruit. This was smooth but quite hoppy. Nice.
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Redish-amber color with descent head off-white. Smells sweet and fruity. Almost a grape and caramel-honey combonation. Does have a light to meduim bitterness. Overall darn good with smooth aftertaste.
kwik-lime (1692) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 Pours reddish-brown with a smallish white head. Tastes mostly of roasted malts with a little nut and caramel.
BobBarley (12) - CANADA - FEB 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unlike many people who enjoy a hoppy beer, I appreciate the balance in this fine product that some may find not bitter enough to their liking. This tastes like a loverís bite on the tongue, not a rabid dogís bite on the ass. I heartily endorse this event or product.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown/amber with an average white head leaving nice lacing. Malty aroma with a dry malty taste. Hard to catch any hop flavor in this one. Earthy sense to it. Not as good is i wanted it to be.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Amber pour with a creamy ivory head, and some lacing. Sweet malty nose. Flavor is smooth sweet malt (not too sweet) with a bold dose of hops and a bitter finish. Really smooth. Strong caramel flavor. Nice full body. Very good.