IndianaRed (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004 Bottle Pours very dark copper. Very little head and not much lacing. Smells of slightly sweet hopps. Strong hops flavor with a dark roast slant. Very little carbonation and a clean finish that leaves you with that lingering pucker of a "hoppy" brewskie
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a nice, large, frothy head; heavy caramel malt aroma with some grassy, piney, citrus hops thrown in; heavy malt base with wood and toffee notes; full, creamy body and a nice hoppy bitter balanced finish; I do detect a bit of that cardboard oxidation, but Iím not sure I would have picked it up if it wasnít mentioned already. Good brew, overall.
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep burgundy with a fluffy, yellowish head. Light, but decent, mouthfeel. Rich bitterness exudes with sharp flowers and spices. Some odd (for the style) citrus notes (tangerine, grapefruit, and another fruit that Iím having trouble putting my finger on). Malts are doughy with a sweet base (caramel, toffee, and a slight hint of chocolate). Some strange things going on, but itís not bad.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bitter pours with a clear red body topped by a medium thick lasting head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet bitter with grapefruity, piney hop notes and a hint of toffee. The flavor is well-balanced leaning slightly towards bitter wiht notes of pine, grapefruit and toffee. Not a very flavorful brew. Light to medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
tbone52384 (9) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can anyone say bitter? Maybe i didn't know what i was getting into when i got this ESB but i wasn't a big fan.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow this was an unexpected bottle of tastiness. Thanks to Buck_Dich for this gem. Pours a light brown color, with a nice foamy head. Lots and lots of toffee, and caramel, with a nice acidic bitter cascadian hop bite. Great malt character, with some bready toasted notes that make this incredibly well balanced and extremely easy to drink. Very highly recommended.
craven5000 (102) - Westville, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tan head with a light creaminess. A dark reddish caramel body. Citrus, grapefruit flavors. Light but definitely not watery. After going down easy there was bitterness.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish deep amber hue with small frothy head and very good lace. The aroma hints of pine, grapefruit, grassu hops, toasted nutty malts, and some dusty yeast esters. The taste is surprisingly piney and twangy, not like an IPA but more than most ESB's. An undertone of peanuts, rye bread, and yeast. The finish is bitter and lingering. The mouthfeel is thin and lively. Not quite to style, but refreshing and something I could drink more than a few of.
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2009 Bottled. Interesting yellow-brown color and a fizzy head. Pretty tasty, actually overhopped for the style, but not aggressive like an American IPA.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice mahogany color with cream-colored head. Some lacing down the glass. Aromas of flowers and citrus wafted from the glass. Sharp bite from bitter hops that was subdued with malt afterwards. It almost makes you pucker at the first taste.