cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best ESB Iíve ever had, very balanced and Iím looking forward to enjoying more this winter.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite enjoyable. Smells exactly like (but tastes nothing like) Sam Smithís Nut Brown Ale. Very nice dark amber color with nice lace that builds to a mild head around the sides of the glass. More malty than bitter, but still very tasty. Not likely to overly excite a straight-out hophead, but I will definitely buy it again. Very nice winter ale with a nice dry finish.
freekyp (1460) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Pours a deep amber bordering on reddish brown with a finger and half worth of off-white head. Carbonation is mild and a nice bitter hop character balances smootly with malt caramel flavor underlying. The head is quickly diminishing, but leaves behind ample lacing. A fine easy drinker!
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 One of my favorite memories comes from attempting to "ween" my youngest from the habbit of wanting a sip from my beers when she was only two years oldd or so. Thought this one would make her stop, but NO - she wanted MORE! Iíve since lost the taste for this I once had, but enjoy the buterscotch and other flavors now and again.
Crit (3226) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
last one I had ahad a touch of sour malt
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full bodied taste that has less bitterness than I had expected. A bitter beer for the non-bitter drinkers.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Hand pumped, 19-11-2002, 6-4-7-4-14 (3.5)] Amber color, with just a thin collar, beautiful lace. Light aroma of hop. Good mix of hop, malt, light caramel almost turning into faint liquorice; waving between sharp bitterness and a residual sweetness; tar. Ending with a not too aromatic, but extra bitter final.
[Keg, 14-07-2002, 3-3-6-4-13 (2.9)] Amber colour, misty, poor head. Poor aroma. Despite the deceiving aroma, it has a pretty good taste: a quite light malt, that still can give consistency to the body (which is enough smooth, with some sweetness), and a rather powerful hopping, with a long and quite good final.
Publican (16) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Keg version tasted at Mackieís in Toronto, a reddish orange colour with a hoppy nose, a mostly malty flavour with minimal hop bitterness. I find the bottled version more bitter
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - NOV 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very simular to thier London Pride imo (which I also love) maybe slightly more bitter. Nice balance of malts and hops. Very good beer.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was okay. Maybe my sniffer was off, but it smelled kinda like brine shrimp/ seamokey water. It was a decent bitter, with an incredibly smooth flavor.