RobBestwick (587) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
solid malty nose, copper hue with a small white head, malty with some sharp hoppy bitterness, flavours are held together by honeyish esters from the house yeast, excellent bitter
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber in appearance. Nice hop and malt balance with caramel and slightly roasted flavors coming through. Good hoppiness and very enjoyable.
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not very "bitter" by any means. Very well-balanced and soft on the palate. Damn tasty indeed. I am originally from Cleveland and the Cooked River ESB is the only brew in this category that tops Fuller's classic version IMHO.
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I found this beer to have a good combination of flavor and bitterness.The more I drank of this beer, the more I liked it.I did not find this beer to have a lingering taste to it.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a very nice malty aroma. The pour yielded a medium white head full of small bubbles with a nice transparent amber color with little to no lacing. My initial taste had no foretaste, but some bitter aftertaste and a very mild flavor. A very easily drank brew that I found much to my liking.
crazyvin (1939) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
my first ESB, not as hoppy as i expected, but it finished with a nice bite of hoppiness that didn't over power the beer.
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
great bitter ... flavor was very pleasent and finished well ... was expecting more on mouthfeel from the color ... also seemed a bit fizzy ...
Panzuriel (1308) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber beer with a full nice head. Good bitters on aroma. Nice bitters at first and finishing very dryly. Wonderful beer. Good mouthfeel.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fullers ESB is a pleasant Extra Special Bitter. It is amber in colour and has a good head retention for the style albeit the frothy silk is thin and white. It has the typical flavours for an ESB - some toasted, bready malt flavours coupled with a pronounced fruity aleness and light diacetyl (butter). It has a light hop bitterness and flavour.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber colour, white head. a very nicely balanced mix of apples, caramel, malt and leafiness. good balanced bitter finish.