clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
As it says, this one is a bitter beer. Not being a fan of bitters, I didn't care too much for it. If you like bitter beers, you may like this one more than I did.
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Thin, quick dissipating head with a copper body. Slight hops aroma. Caramelized hops flavour with slight malt finish. Good.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown and clear with a small white head. Smells slightly hoppy and alcohol. Taste slightly bitter and hoppy. As it sits can smell and taste carmel.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a nice clear amber body topped by a thick breamy head that leaves lots of lace. Sweet strong malt aroma with buttery notes and nice fruity accents. Slightly sweet but mostly bitter flavor with buttery notes and slight malt accents. The finish is bitter with a touch of sweetness. Full bodied and slightly oily yet dry.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear copper pour with bubbly, frothy deminishing head. The nose is malty caramel, some citrus and hops. The flavor is of caramel malt, but not sweet, and bitter hops. Nicely balanced, refreshing and drinkable.
RobBestwick (613) - 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 (4303) - 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 (4973) - 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.