Holdwine (1104) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice bitter. Yes, it seems to have the perfect balance between the malty smoothness and the slight hoppy bitterness. These two sides meet in the middle of your mouth and provide a wonderful experience.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a really nice amber color with some carbonation and a little malt smell. Taste is smooth malt/caramel at first and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Overall a great beer, so far I have not been disappointed with Fullers.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber in color with a small fizzy head. Slight malt aroma. Slightly sweet and moderately hoppy flavor. Lightly carbonated.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light whiffs of malt and hops creep out, it smells like a fresh glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. Pours a shiny penny copper with just an touch of head. This is just a well
rounded pleasant beer. Hints of tea leaves and brown sugar with a little bit of hops. There is a slight yeasty bump in the middle, but the rest just rides along smooth and easy to the end.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
rich english nose all the way. malt balanced, moderately hopped, solid body. a great beer, nothing too special but really beautiful
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2003 Probably the best ESB I've tried to date! Well rounded smooth finish and a very nice combination of malts and complex hops!
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I agree with the previous review; ESB is much like Bass Pale. This is the better-balanced beer, however. Malts still dominate the palate, even though the beer is by no means sweet. There is some hops bitterness, but nothing too bitter, or even as hoppy as a typical APA. A nice beer, but nothing unique.
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like it, but it's like the other ales (except Newcastle). Even thought it's bitter, the flavor is similar to Bass.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cooper brown and a small head which disappears too quickly. A Malty caramel nose with a hint of hops. The hops do come through while tasting and remain well into the aftertaste, a little nutty but less than a brown ale. A fine version of English Bitter.
bierkoning (10794) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My favorite beer in the early 80's. Thin frothy head. Strong malty hoppy buttery aroma. Relatively full bodied bitter with hops, some alcohol, butter and caramel in the flavor. A good example of how taste evoluates through the years. Sorry my love, I still like you, but I have an other sweetheart brew now!