rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear copper with an off-white head that had lasting retention. Malty, bread-lie aroma with some caramel and light diacetyl. Complex flavor with malty, bicuit notes and a moderate bitterness. Creamy with a medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
kevinhume (4) - USA - JAN 27, 2003 does not count
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The original and still the best ESB by far.
Full flavored and excellent balance with slight bitter finish.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of malt and a hint of hops jumped out of my bottle and into my glass after the pour. I also noticed a scent of nuts in the aroma as well...strange!!! It poured an orangey red mix...almost perfectly clear, with heavy carbonation apparent and a very small layer of creamy white head that did make its attempt at lacing here and there. The taste was all malt upfront, with heavy emphasis on the carbonation attacking the palate. Very clean finishing however, as most English beers i have found are. Its only in the aftertaste that the true effect of those bittering hops arises. Its actually a very subtle bitterness, highly subdued by the malty content. All i could really pick up were those damn Goldings hops which are everywhere these days. Mildly dry aftertaste but not overdone in any respect. A nice ESB, but probably not worth what i overpaid for it!
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn! I had had an ESB earlier in the evening, but this one rocked it out! Beautiful harmony of hops with the crystal malts. Pretty powerful stuff, quite bitter with a fruity/floral majorly intense nose. Dry hopped like nuts!! A fine, dry barley taste on the tongue, an excellent finish.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draught, clear copper color w/ virtually no head. nice maltiness up front w /a slightly bitter finish.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut color with a persistant thin white head. Definate nutty biscuty nose. Caramel, hazelnut, a little vinous malt, exellant laceing but through it all there is this odd bitterness that is more akin to chemical or oversteeped tea.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this stuff and style. Amber color, slight hops ordor. I like the bitterness without having the overwhelming taste of overused hops, ie IPA's, that remove the coating of your mouth. This has the prefect balance of flavor and bitterness.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastey stuff. Hops are mellow yet don't lose their bite at all. After a sixer of this I tried to switch to Busch...then promptly decided i may as well just go to bed.
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was light, very hoppy. Taste was not as bitter as I prefer, almost like a lightweight pale ale.
obxdude10 (2055) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A damn fine bitter, beautiful copper color but absoutely no head whatsoever, the beer had a very slim floral aroma, the taste was smooth & very crisp, the flavors were dry, bitter & spicy, as was the finish, a very nice bitter