willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I've had some great and some lousy bottles of this beer...more of the latter, especially more recently as its popularity grows. Nice glowing nutty color and massive clean and dense head when poured in my guiness-type glass, poor head in shaker-type glass; I have no idea why that is, but it is consistent. Nice malt and hops in aroma and a hint of something, maybe yeast/bread dough? Mouthfeel is light, something I have experienced with a number of ESBs recently (I'm beginning to think I need to re-evaluate just what it is I think an ESB should be, for that reason I'm giving an average-3- for palate). Finish is quite dry, but not as bitter as I'd like. Overall a good example of the style and a great label. Great session beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
thx kyzr for this one. clear mahogany with a large off white head. slightly sweet aroma, the flavor is sweet up front with a lemon/grapefruit tartness at the end.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice mahogany pour with a small off white head and good lace. Malt and hop fill the aroma. Good flavors of malt, some wood and nut. Medium body with a slightly bitter finish. Not a bad bitter.
kyzr (1152) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slight flower and citrus fruit aroma. Head was rather lacking. Deep copper color. Big fruit up front, with orange zest and touches honey over roasted malt. Light bitter finish.
JorisPPattyn (7907) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut, clear; yellowish & dense head. Nose of dark bread, touch of diacetyl, no hops. Bready tasty, nutty, slight oxidation - which is in accordance with Volgons' cardboard - fully malty. Very full mouthfeel, creamy and velvety. One for the 'maltheads' - but so little hops in a Best Bitter?
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
GABF 2003: Not much aroma, clear orange with a small off-white head. Watery mouthfeel, ends a bit sweet. A fairly bland bitter with a cardboard taste.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby mahogany color with a perfect 2 fingered off white head and lacing that paints a picture on the glass. The head is brainy. Aroma is filled with cookie dough and floral hops. Flavor is almost like a subtle arrogant bastard, very balanced with some nice fruity hops complementing the caramel. Complex bitterness with hop esters, especially the really floral grapefruit ones. Overall this was a great surprise beer seeing as no one had rated it before.