footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Coopers. Waterloo station. Horrible pub. Bottled 500ml. multiple times. A very good ESB. Definitely a standard
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Outstanding bitter. Definitely my favorite English ESB. My only complaint is sometimes it can have a faint harsh taste at the end. Still, I have been known to drink these all night.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quintessential English excellence. Unique graininess envelops every aspect of the beer and only the hops play an equally important role refreshing the sweet malt the grains with a crispness that is neither distracting nor overpowering. Thereís not much to say here that hasnít already been said, but this is a staple for a reason.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 What a wounderfull and refreshing beer, fruity, marmalade, clean and bitter with some sweetness at the begining, full body, my bitter of choise, addicting stuff.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly "stale ale" aroma. This is a positive descriptor that describes a smell found in some ales and old pubs that combines a musty wet cardboard smell with some caramel and lactic aromas. Clear orange color with a dense white head fed by very good carbonation (especially for an English ale.) Full bodied and full of fruit, caramel and a floral flavor that is reinforced by the aroma while drinking it. A bit of ligering bitterness at the end. An exceptionally well balanced ale that impoves the fresher you can get it.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6641) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 It has been quite some time since I last had this beer, and I am still not sure that I have ever had the bottled version. Recently I tried a draft of this one to reacquaint myself with it. The beer poured a nice caramel color with a large creamy white head. The aroma had fruit and a nice hop bitterness. The flavor was malty with hints of caramel, nut and a light hop bitterness on the finish. The beer had a nice creamy smooth texture.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby, very minimal head. Aroma is lightly cherry and malts. The first sip is the best, with lots of toasty malt flavor and caramel, but it gets a little boring thereafter. Thick enough but too sticky. Absolutely overrated, but tasty.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color, medium hoppy aroma, medium dry bitter sweet taste, medium body, dry bitter finish.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is hops, toffee, honey. Nice amber coloration with lasting light tan head. Taste is sweet, caramel, sugar, noticable hops to keep the sweetness in check. Good brew.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I fell in love with the draught version of this beer at a fag-free bar in San Francisco (now thereís a law that ALL bars in that city have to be cigarette-free). Not nearly as good out of the bottle as it is on tap - indeed, if the draft version was rated separately as it is with some beers it would approach a 5.0! Bottled version has a somewhat faint though pleasant doughy, floral aroma. Thick-bubbled head dissipates quickly but leaves ample lacing. Flavor is quite malty with a touch of cinnamon/cloves and a great hoppy kick in the aftertaste. Still worth the $3.49 for the bottled version, but would like to see the on-tap, unpasteurized version rated separately. (A note: itís interesting to learn that this beer has been around since 1971 - as an American itís amazing that just about all our nation drank at that time was stuff like Miller High-Life and Pabst - thankfully weíve come into the Light!)