microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear copper pour with bubbly, frothy deminishing head. The nose is malty caramel, some citrus and hops. The flavor is of caramel malt, but not sweet, and bitter hops. Nicely balanced, refreshing and drinkable.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
solid malty nose, copper hue with a small white head, malty with some sharp hoppy bitterness, flavours are held together by honeyish esters from the house yeast, excellent bitter
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber in appearance. Nice hop and malt balance with caramel and slightly roasted flavors coming through. Good hoppiness and very enjoyable.
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not very "bitter" by any means. Very well-balanced and soft on the palate. Damn tasty indeed. I am originally from Cleveland and the Cooked River ESB is the only brew in this category that tops Fuller's classic version IMHO.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I found this beer to have a good combination of flavor and bitterness.The more I drank of this beer, the more I liked it.I did not find this beer to have a lingering taste to it.
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a very nice malty aroma. The pour yielded a medium white head full of small bubbles with a nice transparent amber color with little to no lacing. My initial taste had no foretaste, but some bitter aftertaste and a very mild flavor. A very easily drank brew that I found much to my liking.
crazyvin (1899) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
my first ESB, not as hoppy as i expected, but it finished with a nice bite of hoppiness that didn't over power the beer.
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
great bitter ... flavor was very pleasent and finished well ... was expecting more on mouthfeel from the color ... also seemed a bit fizzy ...
Panzuriel (1282) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber beer with a full nice head. Good bitters on aroma. Nice bitters at first and finishing very dryly. Wonderful beer. Good mouthfeel.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fullers ESB is a pleasant Extra Special Bitter. It is amber in colour and has a good head retention for the style albeit the frothy silk is thin and white. It has the typical flavours for an ESB - some toasted, bready malt flavours coupled with a pronounced fruity aleness and light diacetyl (butter). It has a light hop bitterness and flavour.