craven5000 (100) - 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 (6087) - 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 (2810) - 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.
willblake (2653) - 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 (1153) - 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 (7978) - 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.