verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first ESB, so take this for what it's worth. Pours a nice clear soapy-headed amber color. Sweet earthy smell. Kind of a metallic, slightly acidic taste, rather than the bitter I was expecting. The taste hangs in there - not a different aftertaste but more that it hangs with you. Well, it won't be my last ESB.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 500ml Bottle. I have come back to this beer after a year away. Originally I didn't like the some of citrusy flavours that I could taste. However, now I can appreciate this. There is a lovely amount of hoppy bitterness, and the mouthfeel is spot on.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a great malty/chocolatey taste and also a great smell to it. Not as bitter as they'd like you to believe.
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2007 Pour is a nice coppery orange with a light tan head. Aroma is kind of sweet. Start is hoppy, with a taste that mellows out and goes down very easily. The palate is well balanced and is characteristic of an English Pale. I like this stuff! 8/5/8/3/16-4.0-----re-rate tap at Streets of London Pub in Sacramento, CA. Light, candy, sweet, malty nose with some light floral hops present. Transparent amber body with a nice, creamy light tan/khaki head and nice lacing. Bitter, earthy, piney hops to start. Becomes a little sweet, malty, and with a sugary chocolate middle. More dry, earthy hops in the end. Quenching and tasty. Total score is based on this rating.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Man, I’m going to have to re try this beer, it gets such high marks but I really don’t think it is all that wonderful. This is one of the more bitter ESB’s that I have indulged in; nonetheless, it has medium body, small fizzy head, amber color, heavy hopped aroma, and a dry finish. Not that this beer is undesirable by any means, but if the next Fullers ESB is not more appealing, I’m really going to be let down.
9/13/03 – Rerate: Much better, big notes of caramel, not all that bitter, actually, rather sweet. A grand beer that helped uplift my spirits as the Buccaneers lost in overtime to the Panthers, Son of a B……..!
odelay (37) - fuquay-varina, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
had this at the "flying saucer" in Raleigh. for a place known for having over 200 beers, they only had this in bottles. i was there with 2 guys and like 6 girls. the guys LOVED it and the girls crinkled their noses at it. does that tell you something?
SimonPatrice (312) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cask version, drank at The Old Bank of England in London) Clear copper color, almost no head. Fresh bread and yeast aroma, some caramel. Resinous hops come out a bit as well. Omnipresent hops linger on and on and on, not too bitter, just a nice hoppy taste mixed with a bit of fresh bread.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice medium amber color.Small white head that faded quickly.The aroma is mildly malty sweet,Slight lemon grass tones and fairly well hopped.Nice smooth tasting brew mildly sweet malty and well hopped but not in an over powering way.The after taste is malty with a mild hopp bitterness to it but it's very mild.This is a highly drinkable brew,and worth a few more IMO.
boto (1890) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, it took me a whole week of drinking cask beers in London to find one that at least had a bit of distinction from the rest. While they all were good, this is the first one that really stood out! Poured a slightly reddish brown. Fair amount of head to it: it really depends on how it is pulled. Fairly good aroma of malts and hops. The taste actually has some hop bite to it, with maybe a hint of chocolate? Very smooth. If you are going to be sold in a pub called "Hung, Drawn & Quartered", you better be good!
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer, the best bitter I've had. It's balance is great, and it drinks very smooth. I'll definitely try this one again.