AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber/red color, off-white head. Very little carbonation. This is what I think of when I think of an English Bitter... Mostly malty with a lot of hop bitterness, but no hop aroma/flavor. Sweet flavor with a bitter aftertaste. Good beer, but nothing really distinct about it.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Bottle. An orange-brown ale with a sweet malt and hop aroma. Light to moderate carbonation, with honey and malt sweetness up front, and a dry, minerally, hoppy dryness that dominates the finish along with a hint of alcohol. Enjoyable and above average, although it doesnít really have enough character or distinctiveness to warrant the huge reputation that it enjoys. That being said, it does impress me every now and then.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very metallicy in the start, but that diminishes after the first few sips. However it it is quite carbonated foaming in the mouth after every sip. Nice light body, large white frothy head, Quite tasty!
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample- Half pint.
Poured with a rich, thick, off white head. Colour was a dark amber. Tasted malty and almost like a choclate bar. Went down smooth, with a great aftertaste that kept me coming back for more. Recommended!
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice light red color. Little head retention, but it still looks pretty good. Wonderful aroma.. strong malt and a little butterscotch and earth notes. Taste is fantastic. Malty with a slight hop bite to it. Very smooth, with a barely discernable bitter finish. The wonderful taste of this beer lingers long after drinking. This is a damn good beer... worth the 9 bucks I paid for the sixer.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hop and malt balance, with the hops giving a distinctive kick to the tastebuds.
Hansen (7439) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a lot and a lot of beer in it. Pure and strong. Malty and a fine, neutral hoppyness.
YogiBeera (2542) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 On tap at Fullers Brewery, Chiswick 2004: Amver color, fruity nose, soft carbonation. Kind of a bloomy taste. Cereal taste. This is one of the beers that get"s the dry hops added at the end that comes through as it is more bitter than the IPA (where this is not the end procedure).
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crisp, very drinkable, wonderful aroma, perfectly balanced. Much better than some of Fuller's other items.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This a rich bronze colored beer. Complex malty aroma with notes of caramel. The malty complexity is echoed in the flavor which finishes somewhat dry. Very well done ESB.