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.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick amber color with a small head containing large bubbles at first but getting thicker with smaller bubbles later on. Aroma is of earthy nut and apples. Taste hits you with strong bitterness at first but after the first sip or two it settles down and you begin to notice a bit of maltiness hidden behind it. Leaves your mouth clean with no lingering taste. Good ale.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good ale, but the bitterness seems to overwhelm everything else (which I suppose is the idea -- maybe I just donít like ESBs). Its aroma is a bit weak, which is a little surprising considering that it has a nice head. This seems like a quality brew, but it isnít one I care for.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Bottle. Rich amber color. Aroma has a refined fruity hop smell. Some bitter and malt aromas arise as well, very inviting. No head. Nose hits the back of the palate immediately with a rich buttery brown bread flavor. Bitter notes on the finish that leave notes of hops on the palate as well. Very Complex. A very soft but rich, bitter beer. Body is medium-full and flavor does not dissipate quickly. I enjoy this ESB more than any Ive tried thus far as it does not have as sharp or crisp an appeal, but a more round, understated bitterness. As it warmed, wonderful caramel tones presented themselves, while the body seemed to diminish some. To my surprise and vast, vast enjoyment, the beer now tasted like a perfect mix of an English Srong, an Amber and a Bitter. Easily one of my favorite beers. Rerate. Had this on tap and I detected alot of sour notes that were not pleasant. What to make of this, hmm, I have had this on tap at other places and it has had no trace of sourness. Slightly bad batch?must be.
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beer. You notice the bitterness first, but after a few sips the chewy maltiness starts becoming more and more prevelent. I actually understand what chewy malt means because of this beer. Since itís supposedly better on cask over in England, Iím definitely going to have and try it over there one day. It was good enough in a bottle.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite bitter. I had this beer as cask ale at it was very unique. The bitterness dominates the tase pretty much.
mrhenry (10) - USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A brilliant ESB.
benzim (36) - USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best ESB I have ever had. Wonderfully bitter, with a nice floral hop aroma.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a nice copper amber color and formed a nice bubbley off white head that left some lace. It had an aroma of hops, malt and caramel. The flavor was a taste of hops, malt, caramel. Lighter than some of the other ESBs I have tried. A slightly bittersweet aftertaste to it. Not as sweet as some of the others, which I prefer.