can8ianben (1415) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like it. It seems somewhat unsurprising, yet very tasty. Its subtle, yet comes accross as having a lot of balls. Sweet, syrupy hops. Nice balenced finish, just really nicely done.
Quevillon (2700) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Belle couleur, mais sa saveur est un peu fade et amŤre, peut-Ítre un mauvais bach!?
PorterCall (44) - (Formerly UK), DENMARK - JAN 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best British ales available, no doubt. Brown amber in colour, nice creamy head, moderate hops and malt, easily drinkable. One of the best session ales out there. Agree with other comments that it is better from a cask. Hats off to Fullers.
dhshool (22) - Richmond, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beers Around The World Kit (Christmas Gift).
Pours amber colored with big, thick off-white head. This beer is very clear. Head subsided to 1/2" after about a minute with some spotty lacing. Smell is hoppy, though not overwhelmingly so. Taste is mostly caramel and malt, with a bit of hop and citrus flavor thrown in. Caramel aftertaste subsides quickly. All combine for a surprisingly smooth beer. Although I am mostly a pilsner and paler beer drinker, I found this beer very drinkable and enjoyed the complexities of the flavor.
Sigmund (5830) - 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 (2532) - 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 (4124) - 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.