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 (2789) - 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.
leaparsons (9605) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber in colour. The aromas are biscuity malts with a good deal of spiciness. Flavours are malty with warming alcohol and a good dry, warming finish. A good strong bitter.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 at the brewery in chiswick, on tap in states and in the bottle: this is another true classic in its category, if you want a little more alcohol and robust flavor then the london pride try this. nicely balanced crystal malts and a variety of hops with nice bitter aftertast. try it...youll love it!!!
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a very good beer. the look of this beer is very attractive - a clear dark amber. i liked the balance of malt and hops. a good bitter bite on the after taste.
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Deep amber, OK head. Aroma is primarily of toffeish malts, with some frutiy hops. Flavor matches. Not as cloyingly sweet as I remember, actual rather well balanced. I used not to like this beer, but enjoyed this draft after not having tried it in years. Will revisit this one.
evinal (49) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color. Sweet malt Aroma. Med bodied, malt flavor, caramel, lite bitter ending.
Garrat (1325) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 From the bottle,a great hop and nut flavour,an ok bitter