jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried on a friendís recommendation, and I really enjoyed it. Poured an attractive red-tinged amber with substantial white head. Aroma was a wonderfully malty, sweet caramel scent, somewhat different from the following flavor. As expected, the predominant flavor was a crisp hop bitterness, but this taste was accompanied by a well balanced malt sweetness. This beer is simple in the most delightful way: easy to drink, but full of well-balanced flavors and a great aroma. Good stuff.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: BBD 13/Dec/04: Fruity, floral, musty aroma; solid sweet malty base, slighty nutty, tangy, slight oxidation; solid caramel and toffee notes; bitter floral finish; nice balance
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís about time I tasted this one.. This isnít my favortie style, or one that I would normally try, but this brew was a very nice change for me. Pours a golden amber hue with a small slight off-white head. Aromas of malts, caramel and a little brown sugar, and the flavor follows the aromas. Semi-full mouth feel with a sweetness that lingers, yet is not overpowering.
walleye (1088) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured amber with a med. size light tan head.aroma fruits, the fuzzy kind like peaches, malts, some caramel and butterscotch. flavor.malts and caramel, toffee hint of cherries. a nice mouth feel on this one with a nice bitter finish. one of the better esbs I have had
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a medium reddish/amber color witha small white head. Malty smelling and very watery tasting with a slight bitter aftertaste. Did not hit me as anything special
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl. bottle. Served in snifter.
Reddish amber; moderate head.
A deliciously complex and balanced beer: nicely bitter with a solid, malty background. Impressive, lingering, dry finish.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a darkish amber with a medium head that lasted some minutes but eventually dissapeared entirely. Pronounced and complex hop aroma with some savoury notes, toffee, and very faint stewed cherries. Beautiful caramel/toffee and sweet hop flavour, with some fruity tones and a touch of aclohol noticable. Not as bitter as I had imagined, yet bittered very nicely indeed. Apealing and delicious.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had this superb ESB both on tap in NYC @ St. Andrewís pub and more recently I picked up a 6 pack at Shoprite liquors in Neptune NJ. This has the appearance of a classic. a nice frothy head with a lovely toffee aroma. Once it crosses the lios you get the pleasentdose of hops with a lovely creamy texture. An excellent ESB. As a parting note here I brewed a batch of the Brewers ESB at The Brewers Apprentice in Freehold NJ, which is a solid knock off of this fine ESB. I enjoy them both.
vanvenlo (1652) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
23 April 2004 - Needs slight more mouthfeel, pronounced malt hop aroma, pleasantly malingering flavour and palate that stays with you like and old freind.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at the Moan and Dove. Color is orangish copper and clear with thin head. The aroma is nice and malty with a hint of hops. The flavor is sweet and malty. Smooth palat, tasting the alcohol in the finish. Excellent.