jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full bodied taste that has less bitterness than I had expected. A bitter beer for the non-bitter drinkers.
fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Hand pumped, 19-11-2002, 6-4-7-4-14 (3.5)] Amber color, with just a thin collar, beautiful lace. Light aroma of hop. Good mix of hop, malt, light caramel almost turning into faint liquorice; waving between sharp bitterness and a residual sweetness; tar. Ending with a not too aromatic, but extra bitter final.
[Keg, 14-07-2002, 3-3-6-4-13 (2.9)] Amber colour, misty, poor head. Poor aroma. Despite the deceiving aroma, it has a pretty good taste: a quite light malt, that still can give consistency to the body (which is enough smooth, with some sweetness), and a rather powerful hopping, with a long and quite good final.
Publican (16) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Keg version tasted at Mackieís in Toronto, a reddish orange colour with a hoppy nose, a mostly malty flavour with minimal hop bitterness. I find the bottled version more bitter
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - NOV 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very simular to thier London Pride imo (which I also love) maybe slightly more bitter. Nice balance of malts and hops. Very good beer.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was okay. Maybe my sniffer was off, but it smelled kinda like brine shrimp/ seamokey water. It was a decent bitter, with an incredibly smooth flavor.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt, with a touch of hop in the aroma. Deep amber, small vanilla head. Caramel and roasted malt flavour, with some nuttiness. Pleasantly bitter, very smooth and creamy. A fine Bitter!
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice orange color with a white, quickly fading head. Excellent flavor and aroma. I prefer a slightly more bitter finish.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz: (Bottle Conditioned Special Edition, N<sup>o</sup> 03071): dark, golden amber. Clear with red hues. Mostly diminishing white froth. Sweet, piney hop aroma with a nice, sourish malt component as well as some brown sugar. Piney flavour on top of a molasses like consistency. A large sweetness tries to balance this heavily hopped ale, but doesnít quite cut it. The traditional English malt flavours are pushed into the back sweet by the astringent & bitter hops and a strange SweetTart flavour. Long lingering bitterness that really was overpowering in this oneÖI will return with another rating in 6-8 months, hopefully the bottle conditioning with subdue the hops and let the malt come to the for frontÖ8/3/6/4/15
1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz bottle (regular version): Sweet malty aroma with a touch of caramel. Wonderfully clean and smooth. Great balance on the palate, leaves the mouth watering for more. 7/4/7/4/16
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: Amber color. Not much of a head. Hop and malt aroma. Citrus hop and mild spice flavor with hints of toffee and malt sweetness. Nutty soft finish. Excellent.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mellow, hoppy aroma emanating from the light copper body. Slight citrusy hop flavor, which the malt overpowers until the more bitter finish. Definitely one of the better ESBs on the market.