SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More malty than I expected from an ESB, and lacky a strong bitter flavor. However, it was still a very enjoyable beer, very smooth and easy to drink, with an overall very pleasant flavor.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden copper in color. Smells good with some malty breadlike characteristics. Body is medium and defines this style of beer. The bitterness is present and is quite strong but this beerís true nature shows up after a few sips and after it has warmed a bit. There is somewhat of a metallic quality in the finish that keeps me from rating this one a bit higher though.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a beautiful beer to behold, not only because Fullers spends about $1 per bottle, but it looks fantastic in a glass. Very malty, mildly bitter flavor. Tastes more íalcoholyí towards the beginning, but as the beer warms, the malt character takes over and finished chewy. Fairly decent.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this one just wasnt as bitter as i would have liked. i noticed the malt characteristics more than anything.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
So far the crooked River ESB is the only one I have ever enjoyed. The Fullers version is just a bit too thick and the flavor is super strong. A good complex beer - but just not my thing.
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was lucky to get the draught version. Dark amber with a decent off-white head. Hops aroma very conspicuous. On the scale of ESBís I have had, this was better than average but it doesnít beat the Crooked River I had not too long ago. It just didnít have the bitterness I was expecting. As a matter of fact I think the London Pride has more bite. There is more malt in the mix here, which doesnít make it a bad beer, just less íESBí than I was expecting. All that aside this is still a good beer.
snyderceo (7) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoy drinking this ESB everytime Iím in London
Bearfoot99 (1) - - JUL 25, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good bitter
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe the best bitter Iíve had. Very pretty beer with a wonderful head. Bitterness is not overpowering.