presario (4824) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany is a good description of the colour. Moderate caramel head. Rich malt aroma with present hops. Dark sweet malt flavour. Intriguing bitterness and trace of alcohol.
badgerben (4575) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mahogany color with a thin, lacy head. Very malty aroma. The taste lives up to the aroma. I could have sworn I tasted something a little bit like lemongrass... quite a nice bitter!
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a sweet ass bitter. The name of it is the shit too. It was one of my favorite Grand Teton beers. It was red with a creamy head.
IndianaRed (2753) - 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 I’m not sure I would have picked it up if it wasn’t mentioned already. Good brew, overall.
Aubrey (3482) - 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 I’m 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 it’s 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 (103) - 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.