maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the bitter bite to it that I was expecting, a very good ESB with a nice head. Very good, but I was expecting more.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ESB's are quickly becoming my style of choice. Typical in that taste that only Fuller's can provide. It looks classy, tastes great, a very enjoyable summertime beer.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours lovely clear amber with short beige sudsy head. Strong toffee aroma (crystal) with a hint of grassy hops and grapefruit. Silky smooth, absolutely brilliant mouthfeel. Lovely hoppy flavour, lots of IBUs, balanced well with sweet crystal malt. Very impressive ESB.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This just looks nice, Glassy smooth with swoorling foam. Aroma is nice rather sweet, very malty. Flavor just wasnt too impressive though. Not very bitter, or special, and im not sure where the extra fits in. Just most of a malt complex to this.
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice off-white head. SOme toffee and citrus in the aroma and also in the flavour.
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first ESB, so take this for what it's worth. Pours a nice clear soapy-headed amber color. Sweet earthy smell. Kind of a metallic, slightly acidic taste, rather than the bitter I was expecting. The taste hangs in there - not a different aftertaste but more that it hangs with you. Well, it won't be my last ESB.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 500ml Bottle. I have come back to this beer after a year away. Originally I didn't like the some of citrusy flavours that I could taste. However, now I can appreciate this. There is a lovely amount of hoppy bitterness, and the mouthfeel is spot on.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a great malty/chocolatey taste and also a great smell to it. Not as bitter as they'd like you to believe.
DYCSoccer17 (3327) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2007 Pour is a nice coppery orange with a light tan head. Aroma is kind of sweet. Start is hoppy, with a taste that mellows out and goes down very easily. The palate is well balanced and is characteristic of an English Pale. I like this stuff! 8/5/8/3/16-4.0-----re-rate tap at Streets of London Pub in Sacramento, CA. Light, candy, sweet, malty nose with some light floral hops present. Transparent amber body with a nice, creamy light tan/khaki head and nice lacing. Bitter, earthy, piney hops to start. Becomes a little sweet, malty, and with a sugary chocolate middle. More dry, earthy hops in the end. Quenching and tasty. Total score is based on this rating.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Man, I’m going to have to re try this beer, it gets such high marks but I really don’t think it is all that wonderful. This is one of the more bitter ESB’s that I have indulged in; nonetheless, it has medium body, small fizzy head, amber color, heavy hopped aroma, and a dry finish. Not that this beer is undesirable by any means, but if the next Fullers ESB is not more appealing, I’m really going to be let down.
9/13/03 – Rerate: Much better, big notes of caramel, not all that bitter, actually, rather sweet. A grand beer that helped uplift my spirits as the Buccaneers lost in overtime to the Panthers, Son of a B……..!