Sigmund (5732) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle, at Cardinal, Stavanger. Served too cold. Brown / deep amber colour, decent head. Very moderate aroma, some malts and caramel, hints of old furniture. Malty flavour with tolerable hops, not sweet. Drinkable, but the cask conditioned version (from a WELL KEPT cask!) is definitely better than this!
ChrisG (31) - Secunda, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this after a game drive in 41 deg. C heat. Didnít care to notice the head, the flavour or anything else. But it sure tasted like heaven. I may be biased on this one account, so Iíll re-rate when I get hold of another one in more normal circumstances.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12.31.05) One pint, 0.9 fl oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarloís, Mundelein IL. Clear amber ale having a small diminishing head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Very faint sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts dry with light malt sweetness and toffee and hop flavor. Finishes dry. A decent session beer.
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, thick, creamy, full head. Old copper color. Malty, some hop bite. This is infinitely better from a cask and finitely better from a fresh keg. Had this 2 nights ago from a bottle at Bodega downtown La Crosse.
stouby (4067) - Holbśk, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at home (040205).
Dark brown. Aroma moderate malty and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter, smooth.
pals (17) - DENMARK - DEC 23, 2005
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Cant taste anything else than a harsh bitterness, i wanted to throw the contents down the drain, but you dont waste beer like that, so now i know this particular ESB is not for me.
blackburn99 (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A truly tremendous beer !!!! Probably the smoothest beer I have ever drunk. Itís light enough to want to drink it all night long. The best English beer i have ever had !! Cheers !!!!
piscator34 (2128) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber-caramel in colour with medium carbonation. Strong toffee aromas with some fruit in the background. I can recognize the Challenger hops in this one, as I often use them in my homebrewed bitters. Caramel malts dominate the palate, with a clean bittering quality providing some balance. Not really enough hop contribution in the flavor department, but a a solid bitter nonetheless. Thanks Lubiere.
cazort (553) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is unlike anything Iíve ever had, and itís quite enjoyable, although there are certain things I donít like about it. Aroma is not all that pleasant: almost corn-syrup-like, subdued, funky malt. However the flavour really explodes: it has some bite and I really like the hops: the hop aroma evolves in a complex way when you drink it. I donít really like the malt in this beer (it tastes like corn and is a bit funky), but, it gets covered up by the hops so itís still drinkable. I wouldnít exactly call this smooth; the hops are complex, the malt isnít. What is wrong with the malt in this beer? Ahh...anyway. Interesting and I enjoyed it and Iím glad I tried it although Iíll probably not get it again.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice dark amber color. Aromas of caramel, fruit, and spice. Flavor is medium sweet with a nice hop bite.