Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I donít understand the high rating given to this beer. I could find nothing extraordinary about it. It wasnít even bitter. I believe I either had it from a keg or cask, but I may have to rate this again. I was really dissapointed. There was a string matly flavor but it didnít abate. Aroma was nondescript. I was not really impressed.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
A decent ESB. To be respected. Fullerís usually does things right and this is another example. Solid.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks great - smells good, taste is good - but somewhat lacking. Somewhat sweet, bitterness catches up at the end. Not as good as expected, but good nonetheless.
tourette (203) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer! Complex and flavorful. Easy drinking and smooth as well. It has it all! Note that this is MUCH better hand pulled out of a cask then from a bottle or keg. Thank god a local pub has casks of this on pull.
ElGaucho (2120) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have always enjoyed this superior, truly íExtra Specialí beer. Now that I have subjected it to a more formal rating system, it still holds it weight. A good, malty aroma. Although not much in the way of head, it boasts a bastion of flavor. A very good beer.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wonderful aroma that fades quickly. appearance is clear, bright, brown color. the taste is clean with a great hop finish. a great brew.
TheBeerCollector (631) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2003 Re-Rate: I cannot believe that I originally rated this at a paltry 2.3. It just shows how much my beer palate has changed over the past year. I now consider this one of my favorite beers. 5/17/02: Too bitter for my tastes. I wanted to try this because it was available on tap but regretted choosing it after a couple of sips. I guess that I just don't like this style of beer.
twocycle99 (61) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABeerMan (48) - HOSCHTON, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent color, good balance in taste, slight caramel aroma.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color with faint aroma of hops and malt. Bitterness was heavier than anticipated with malt sweetness being a little light. But still a very decent session beer.