reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesomw!!! Beautiful color with great belgian lace. A perfect blend of malts and hops
Kodos (205) - USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As my first foray in the world of "bitters" Im thinking I may be an unenlightened noobie. Interesting hoppy profile. I lovew the color of this stuff, deep amber. The taste to me was definately astringent, funky and only slightly bitter. Not something I would drink again. I dumped 1/2 the bottle. This stuff maybe just isnt my cup of tea...heh
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good example of a English ESB. Deep amber in color with a creamy white head. Very sweet caramel nose. Very smooth and malty, bitterness just balances this brew ideally. I would recommend this to everybody.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first and the best ESB in the world. Not my favorite style but this is a great beer from start to finish. Pours witha a nice creamy head. Copper color and a nose of hops and lite toast. A must for every beer lover.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Solid amber color with a small but stable light cream head. Aromas of lightly burnt toffee/butterscotch with a hint of hopsack. Light carbonation that enlivens the senses. Nutty toffee with a toch of yeast and hint of bitterness. Very balanced and drinkable. One of the stalwarts in the ESB style.
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very smooth beer. It feels like it drips down the throat. A beautiful thing. The palate isnít very heavy, and the finish isnít very long, but both are very high quality. A great beer.
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty and not all that bitter for a íBitterí. This is one of my favorites.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Personally I prefer Alesmith and Schlafly for ESBís. Big malt profile.Front is smooth with a little bitterness coming through at the finish. Good for a session I guess.
ferox (84) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was not overly impressed. Still, a nice pint, with a good palate.
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had on draft at the factory. It is a full bodied dark sweet malt with Fullersí signature chestnut color and plenty of hops. It is not quite as bitter or as malty or as mouthfilling as their seasonal 1845, but it is a superb brew from a full scale commercial brewery. made from the first sparging, unlike their Chiswick bitter, which is made from the second, and the difference is clear in every sip.