Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Star of Belgravia
Having been expecting a world classic and been thoroughly disappointed, I spent my second night in London seeking out some serious Fullerís ESB. The cask version has a fuller, more complex flavour than either keg or bottle. The yeast is especially dominant, but also the malts come through with much more clarity. On cask, you can see where the reputation comes from, even if you donít entirely agree with it.
Ungstrup (29284) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Cask at Charlieís Bar, Copenhagen] The new recipe. A hazy amber beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is faint, but of malt and hops. The flavor is quite sweet with notes of caramel and malt. Not as powerful as the old version - I liked the old one better.
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[cask in Londonís Hung Drawn and Quartered]
Orangy-brown and almost clear with wispy, medium-sized bubbles and nice ring. Sweet, toasty caramel aroma with Goldings in the aroma. Surprisingly, a lot more hops appear in the taste, combining with a tingly, sweet malt. Only a little bittering but still well balanced with the sweetness. Raisin notes. Medium body and clean with very low carbonation.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The same old boring brittish bitters....I am so unhappy that I spent 4 days there and only 3 in belgium!!!!!
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 Jun 2006 Cask conditioned @ Ship Inn, Wokingham. This starts off nicely with good green dry hopped aromas but what really lets this down is the lack of hops in the mouth to temper the sweet malts. 3.3
Mar 2005 Cask-conditioned. Rich aroma of caramel, earthy/spicy hops and some fruitiness. Initial sweet honey like flavour with growing bitterness. Very drinkable and complex bitter. 3.7
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008
Nov, 2004 The Partridge, a Fullerís house, Bromley. Malty sweetness meshed with assertive earthy English hops. Musty damp knickers aroma. Banana and raisin notes along with other dark fruits. Good condition and good mouthfeel. A big beer - pulls above 5.5%. Too much over-ripe banana and too many tannic notes for my taste. [3.2]
April, 2007 Bell & Crown, Chiswick - Fullers pub. Malty and sweet with a nice tang. A good drink. Old and toffee. [3.7]
April, 2008 The White House, Guildford - Fullerís pub. A clean firm golden malt - quite strong tasting. Hops are well soaked in. A little too sweet and lacking character. [3.3]
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Crosse Keys, London.
Dark gold white head. Full bodied but hoppy also. Plenty of flavour but a bit sweet so the flavours are masked. Needs to mature in the cellar a little longer to bring out its true colours.
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Cask conditioned - handpump - Old Joint Stock Birmingham. A rich brown coloured bitter with a good berry fruit aroma. There is lots of malt in the taste and also a sweet alcohol touch. Again served too cold. It should be nicer than this.Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.7, 3.7 and 4.1. Average becomes 3.7
MiP (13598) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Malty, peppery flavour.
DanielBrown (3809) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Draught at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. Nice bitter, well balanced, with a pleasant mouthfeel and aftertaste.