AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
DRAFT: Deep, deep gold in color with a well-sustained, off-white head. Aroma is distinctly Fullers (more so than the London Pride) with a very solid but elegant caramel malt character and a good dose of Goldings in the aroma. Sweet, rich almost burnt caramel malt complements the hops and yeast character and finishes the beer into one of the most delicately flavorful and integrated malt and hop finishes in the world. This beer traverses complexity. You can actually have several taste sensations at the same time that are separate on the palate or you can absorb it as one great tapestry.
ALLOVATE (2842) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Tasted from the bottle. Had a lot riding on it as I used to drink London Pride years ago and decided to re-sample both. Poured a clear amber brown with a big fairly dense off-white head that lasted the distance and laced rings down the glass. Toasted malt, sweet toffee and burnt sugar nose with light melon and berry esters and husky, grassy hops. Woody and nutty in the mouth with a mix of brine, tart bitter hops and fruit conserve, mingled with the malts and lightly roasted grains of this reasonably balanced, zesty bitter. Medium-light bodied and spritzy in carbonation it has a flavour all to itís own getting away from the standard pub bitters. Finishes off with a long bitter and toffee malt swallow. Lacks in fruity esters as far as flavour but it makes up for it with a good complex malt taste. Quite nice.
wowbagger68 (2) - Nyack, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. NIce amber color. Very pleasant aroma, hint of apple. Nice flavor, well balanced. Highly recommended.
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep reddish in hue with an oranged head that was failry soapy. Nice, and somewhat surprising, if not very faint, roasted malt aroma with a good hoppy character. The flavor was well balanced between the hoppiness you would expect from an ESB and the sweet maltiness that really mellowed this beer out. Medium carbonation. I really enjoyed this fine brew, and will come back to it again.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice ruby color, toffee in the nose. flavor is apple with some caramel. very smooth, lightly carbonated. a fine ale.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Bottle. Enjoyed at the Elephant & Castle in Grove City, PA. Pours very dark, almost ruby color... not amber in any way as some raters have said. Nice malty nose with some hint of hops to be tasted more than smelled. Nice medium body with surprisingly nice carbonation. I thought that this might be more English and less carbonated. Nice, almost, not quite, but almost burnt malt taste along with a great hop bitterness that never goes too far. Nice fluffy head laces well onto my glass. If I werenít out on a "school" night and I didnít have to drive an hour home, I may have tried about 6 or 7 of these as a quality control measure. Nicely done ESB!
thegreenrooster (3895) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a nice amber with a quickly dissapearing head. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is hoppy and the burnt malt character really stands out. Nice for the style.
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Pub Italia in Ottawa (30 nov 2004). Average size creamy tan brown head, mostly to fully lasting, good lacing. Clear amber brown body color, thick appearance. Moderate to heavy sweetness in aroma as well as toasted, caramel, toffee and honey. Also moderated hops flavor (flower and herbs like). At first light to medium sweetness in my mouth then still medium sweetness on the final with a fair good amount of bitterness toward the end of average long duration. Very smooth transitions in flavors, well balanced. Medium creamy body, soft carbonation. Light alcoholic and organic feel. Satisfying.
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in colour with aromas of grassy and earthy hops. This one has quite a sweetmalty backbone to it with notes of rasin, wood, and toasted grain. Long finish. Not really my favorite interpretation of this style (a bit too malty and fruity for me), but this is still a well made beer.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber body with a beige head. Malty, floral, hoppy. Medium bodied. Nice feel in the mouth. The flavor was malty and sweet. A good example of the style.