shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful red to amber color with a nice full head. Malty, alcoholic, caramel, nutty nose. Vanilla malty nutty flavor. Crisp and full-bodied palate.
raymow (1374) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Any way you look at it, this is just a damn fine beer. Great amber color and sweet butterscotch aroma. Tastes great.
hershiser2 (1903) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice amber color, but the head disappears very quickly and leaves a rather saliva-looking froth on the top.
Light alcohol smell, nothing new and/or special here.
Nice flavor, starts sweet, ends dry and bitter.
This beer turns out to be quite average for me. I really didn't find any of its qualities to be enticing me back.
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Red/orange with a thick, cloud-like off-white head. Vinous nose with floral hops, butterscotch and the faint sting of alcohol. Initially bitter with a slight metallic tinge followed by shortbread biscuits and a bouquet of floral hops. Lingering bitterness and warming alcohol is quite pleasing. The draught version was more enjoyable.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice medium amber color with a creamy head.
Aroma is somewhat subdued, not as much hop character as I would have expected.
Medium body with decent maltiness and good hop bitterness for support, but for some reason (old bottle) the nose just isn't there.
Crisp, clean dry finish.
cascadehop (4) - fort collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A true classic. I am not sure how any one can knock this beer in any aspect. Maybe the best malt flavor and aroma that can be accomplished in an ale.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An orange/brown tint with almost no head and a little lacing. The aroma is on the sweet side like caramel and hops. Initial carbonation is low. The body however is full with a nice, bitter bite. Some sweetness on the end as well. A very nice bitter; slightly citrusy like oranges. There is a nut-like profile as well. Easily one of the best bitters I've ever had.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 Updating one of my first ratings on the site (and my worst - totally from memory - bottles in 98 while living in London). This is from the 500ml can from the LCBO (one of the things the LCBO has got very very right - relationship with Fullers). Pours a nice copper orange with a creamy orange tinted white head. Really nice fruity hop aroma - mix of citrus and earthy fruit. Mouthfeel on this sucker is exquisite - so soft and creamy. Taste is superb - actually better than my inflated memory of it - rich fruity malt, biting citrus hops, complimentary alcohol in the back and all balanced amazingly well. Still the standard to which all other ESBís should be measured. I rated this from memory a 4.4 when I first joined the site and I fully expect that to be lower this time. Not really. What a nice revist surprise!
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one fine beer. Even better than the 1845. Aroma is a fruit filled experience of cherries, lemons, and oranges. Flavor is slightly bitter with vanilla, oranges, chesnuts, and cherries. Mouthfeel was creamy with a bitter aftertaste. A wonderful beer by all means!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first "buttery" beer that I ever tasted (1990). Did not get it on tap until many years later. Somehow, the bottle seemed better (nostalgia?). Delicious either way.