JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell is bitter hops, wet grass and a slight bit of skunk. Gorgeous, red-gold or brass color to the body. The head is firm and white, beginning thick then laying along the top like a perfect white sheet. No holes show through. Fresh, medium bodied mouthfeel with a mid to low amount of carbonation. Taste is bold and bitter hops, balanced with some nuttiness and maybe just a pat of cocoa. The aftertaste is drying with more of the same flavors mentioned earlier and a little alcohol on the palate. An enjoyable beer, from what I understand is an outstanding brewery. Thats saying something. I normally do not favor English breweries, but I like this a lot and it really makes me want to open up my Fuller's Vintage '99 . Sampled from a 12 oz botle purchased at Total Wine in Mclean, Va.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bright copper color with medium white head. Big malt aroma. Bitter and sweet malt flavor, dough, medium body, clean, hint of fruit, touch of chocolate and caramel flavors. Has a lingering malt finish. A nice beer.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
white head. small. nice and hoppy with well defined malt. . . . . . . . . . . . .quality
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 Bottle. I like this beer a lot. The beer is very well balanced with malt, hop bitterness, some fruit and and modest English hop aroma. Makes no sense that their ESB has higher alcohol than their IPA. Somebody at Fuller's needs a lesson.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper coloured. Minimal but lasting head fueld by light carbonization. Bouquet of the air after a summer rain. Palate is smooth and very pleasing. Smooth malt taste with medium hops. My new favorite bitter.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
IMHO this beer defines the style. Out of a bottle is no comparison to it on a cask in an English pub but it is still wonderful. Malty spicy aroma. Sparkling red with an off-white head. Wonderful mouth-feel, medium body but leaves an almost numb feeling from the bitter hops. Pretty bitter for an English beer. Good stuff.
johndoughty (4531) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had expected a lot from this one but was dissapointing.Nice copper apprearance and plenty of body as you would expect from a beer
of this strength. But no real depth just a pleasant bitter with no outstanding qualities.Take the label of it and it could be one of many pleasant bitters you can buy from most supermarkets.
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A wonderful brew. I agree with many of the other reviews 100%. Damn near perfect in every way imaginable.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful copper color and perfectly carbonated with a nice, thick head. Chewy, toffee malt flavor, but in no way could be described as sweet. Very easily drinkable, appreciated and enjoyed.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 borderline perfect. don't know about the bottle, and you have to be smart to get it good on draft (the dove, near hammersmith bridge). oh my god, possibly the best smelling beer, this one time wow. turned me on to real ale like nothing else. smelled of wonderful malt, and yeast, and like...angel food cake. strong enough to get your money's worth of buzz after a few too. yummmmmmm