dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best ESB i have had. Excellent flavor.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A well-blanced, amber coloured ESB from Fullerís. The aroma was nice and enhanced by hops. The flavor was slightly malty and sweet. The hops kicked in again toward the end of the swallow with a sustained bitter. Pretty decent.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a fine brew this is! Starts malty, then the hops hit you, with a lingering and satisfying finish. More!
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a grand drinking beer. The hops provide a delightful bitterness in the finish.
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - DEC 22, 2001
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Its hard to stop drinking these. A flavor that invades your brain matter.
HammerHead99 (12) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite ESBs. Could be a bit hoppier for my taste, but whoís complaining (especially when itís going down). When I get a hankeriní for it, I get it at the local Bev N Mo. I also like the other Fullerís line as well. Overall a very, very satisfying ESB.
rauchbier (3409) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2005 Bottle. Amber bronze, initialy good white head soon thinning, good condition. Excellent hop resin aroma right at the beginning that slowly gets overtaken by a solid sweet maltiness. Sweet malt and peppery hops fill the mouth, and linger long into the finish with a big but restrained bitterness coming through at the end.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[4/4/01 íYummy. A very nice tasting beer.í] Thatís all I wrote back then? Iíve had this several times, from the draft, from the bottle, I saw it cask conditioned though I didnít have it. Chilling it kills some of the flavor but when it warms up this is one of the most flavorful and drinkable beers Iíve had. If I had only one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this one might be the one.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a study in balance. To me, this achieves the perfect combination of hops and malt from the nose on through the finish. The nose combines roasted malt aromas and earthy, grassy hops with the malt winning out, but only slightly. The first sip brings a roasty malt onslaught with good hop flavor and bitterness as you swallow. As the beer warms slightly the hops begin to dominate, producing earthy hop flavors and somewhat increased bitterness. Finishes dry and hoppy. The reddish-brown color and slight, off-white head make for a decent looking beer, but the story here is the balance. Not too heavy on the palate with the malt and hops interacting marvelously on the tongue. A very pleasant brew.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This one gets another perfect rating, as a Definitive Good Beer. Served on handpump at the right temperature, it is an experience nobody who likes beer should miss. Good up-front malt, proper carbonation (or lack thereof), complex grassy hops; an all-around wonder of a beer.