madquacker (1072) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2004
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
After a promising aroma this beer quickly falls into a caramelly morass of unpleasentness. Predominating flavour is medicinal. They are trying a little to hard with this. Very disappointing.
MrKevvie (29) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I remember drinking this in my 20ís in the UK, it used to be known as GBH(grevious bodily harm) for a reason. Excellent flavour and aroma, pours out wonderfully and is just a real ball tearer of a beer.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt flavour very bitter for the first half of the glass, then balances slightly. Hops cut bitterness nicely and left warm feeling in mouth, although aftertaste is still nicely bitter. Full-flavored body and carbonated at first, balances quickly and cuts away some bitterness. Nice dark red color.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper colour with small off white head. Aroma is malty, spicy and with some toffee. Flavor is bitter and with some sweetness. Palate is ok.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 Bottle. Nice amber pour with a loose one finger off white head. Nose is strong of malt, spice(almost a black pepper) and caramel. Great bitter flavor. The palate is clean and sharp. Flavor notes are of caramel, spice, and malt. The bitterness is perfect: it is good and bitter, but not so bitter that it is unenjoyable. The finish is dry and almost a little sweet. This is pretty much a perfect beer. The flavor is very complex and well balanced, the finish is sharp and full. This is the best ESB I have ever had, and it will be the gold standard which I use to measure other ESBís.
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml dark brown bottle and smart label-good packaging.The Griffin should have an eagle-like head. this one's been pinched from the Welsh Dragon.But I digress! Lovely hoppy aroma and then malt.Nice clear dark amber appearance.Malt flavour really bitter at first. This seems to recede as the glass empties.Full mouthfeel with dry finish.Lets you know in no uncertain terms that its a strong ale.Not my favourite Fuller's brew but not bad at all.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle BB 2005
Copper-coloured and topped with 1" of creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet, zesty, spicy and herbal. Flavour is sublime, well balanced between malt and hops. Flavour is earthy, woodsy, with a hint of leather and some fruity sweetness. Long faintly bitter finish. Rich mouthfeel. This was a good well-balanced beer, but it didn't grab me the way I was expecting/hoping it to.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2004
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. I'm sure it was a mistake to get it in the bottle, I'm sure it is much better on tap. It poured from the bottle looking pretty good, nice amber color and not much of a head. Aroma was really nothing, smelled a little like old bottled beer. Taste was not what I was expected, my tap water is more bitter than this. Again it just tasted like old bottled beer. How I would love to try this on tap.
Kevin (2155) - New Mexico, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is the best bitter i've had. the aroma grabs you and says stop smelling and start drinking, very well balanced, flavor bvut has a strong bitter flavor that is great. has a it has a fresh not quite lemony taste that is great. so good you have to order a second to make sure.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Anthony's old city pub. Nutty aroma, and really nutty flavor: Bass Ale's big brother. Big full round mouth feel. Empty pint glass coated with lace.