tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poored an amber color with a slightly foamy white head. The aroma was a mix of flowers and apples. Only slightly bitter, but a good hoppy taste.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perfectly amber color, under a big, bubbling, bone-white head. An indistinct aroma, that cast off hints of flowers and honey, but also strains of coppery flintiness. A sly hop attack occurs on the tongue, which fades back fast. Light body, faint texture. Nice, but unmemorable finish. A very un-bitter "bitter", a textbook session ale. A good fruitiness comes out the middle, and the taste overall is pleasant, but itís largely forgettable for my taste.
Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma made me think of apples. It had a good taste, not too bitter. Itís an amber liquid and the hops is mild. I would recommend it to my friends.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Aroma of apple, caramel, mild hops. Appearance is amber, clear, white head with nice lace, lasting head. Body is medium, fairly dry, clean, crisp and regreshing. Flavor is apple skin, caramel, bitter finish of apple skin, wood like toothpicks, pine and oak, rather mild, pleasant. Refreshing. I like a little umph with an ESB, but this is very nice, true to English style. Balanced, on the malty side, but well balanced, truly. Very drinkable, sessionable.
wildmanzero (12) - USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty nose previews the full flavor nicely balance with the bold yet smooth bitterness. Another great Fullerís beer
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Orange/amber body, rocky white to ablink and youíll miss it head. Caramal nose, desperatly average flavour saved from rank mediocricy by a sweet nuttiness that outdoes its stablemate London Pride for balanced complexity. Hope itís better on draught as I donít yet see the justification for such a high score.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another good Fullers beer. Pour a deep orange, copper color with a small white head. Nice floral, malty, caramel aroma. Flavor started off kinda plain basic ESB, but ends superb. Nice caramel, bitter, sweet finish. Good.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one at volo italian cafe on August 18th. Was told that I had the absolute last bottle of the brand in town since they were switching over to fullers premium as a tap brew. Kept the bottle. A nice dark rust color... donít let the name fool you though -- a tad bitter but full of caramel, cherry, and sweet malt flavors. I will be very sad if this one is disconitnued.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BBC in Hyannis: Pours to a deep, clean amber with a thick, small tan head. Tons of malt in this aroma, caramel, toffee, pepper, and fruit. I wasnít expecting this beer to be very good, although now I donít know why. There was a very full feeling to the palate that I really enjoyed coupled with the dry finish and bitterness. The assertive malt characteristics were nicely balanced by the bitterness from the hops. Very nice ESB.
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A wonderful full rich malty ale. This is one of fullers finest and should be appreciated rather than just drunk. Malt predominates and is well balnced with just the right amount of bitterness. Not an ideal summer ale this is one to be savoured on a cold winters night.