UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Poured a clear amber coloring with practically no head. This one had a very bready flavor with an ever-so-slightly hoppy finish. Fullers can do way better than this.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in a dimple mug. Tasted at 8 C. Pours thin, with a light wispy white head that quickly dies down. Colour is orangy-copper and very clear. Aroma is a toffee and a slightly flowery hopped presence. Taste begins with a slightly sweet caramel flavour. Finishes fairly bitter with a lingering after-taste of hops.
haukur (1483) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"we drown ten pints of bitter
we lean all day
and some say that ainít productive
but that depends upon the demon that youíre stuck with"
maybe roots is on to something here, this is my first bitter, and actually itīs quite good, its very good! I detect a hint of roasted malt in the aroma, some hops. Nutty, buttery, caramelly taste, with a light bitter hoppy finish... nice beer!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle. Delicious nutty and caramel flavor. Good full mouth flavor. I donít get the buttery flavor that I do with the ESB version of this, but it has good bitterness.
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber/straw colour with a medium size head. Little spice and maybe some malt on the nose. No real or big flavours coming through but for its style this beer is quite good. Nice light bitterness mixes with a touch of honey and maybe a bit nutty. Long finish. Cheers!
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a small beige head. Malt aroma. Flavor of caramel malt and butterscotch. Bitter finish.
pineypower (2792) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle..A clear amber color with a nice head. The aroma is spicy with notes of vanilla and toffee. It has a good complex malty taste with notes of vanilla. The finish is somewhat bitter, which complements the beer very well. To me this is a much better, less common bass.
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling clear, amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Butterscotch and very light perfume in the aroma. Nice, malty flavor with a note of vanilla. Well-bittered for balance. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, malty, bitter-sweet finish with only a pinch of salt thrown into the kettle. A bit on the light side, but satisfying as a good ESB should be. Left me wanting another.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear amber, white head. Rich malt, toffee, a bit of caramel and some toast. Hops are there, but underneath it all. Medium body, light bitter finish. Enjoyable.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, 4.7%. Poured nice amber colour, small head with pleasing, but subtle spicy and fruity aroma. Body was good malty base, typical of the style but of a seemingly higher quality. Nice slightly bitter finish that gets better once you’ve finished. Very drinkable session ale – I hadn’t tasted this in a couple of years and I forgot how much I enjoyed it – more please!