reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall a great bitter. Amber in color with a small white head that finished with a hint of hop bitterness.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a little bitterness, tastes pretty good after I’ve finished half a beer and my mouth has become acclimated to it’s slightly sharp taste.
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too weak all around to be called an ESB. There is not much here except easy drinking swill.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2003 weak aroma, not enough complexity. nice looking beer, though. Real nice Belgian lace and lots of tiny bubbles. light on flavor though, the beer lacks complexity alltogether. some bitters on palate and a some maltiness on the finish.
Treehugger (8) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yummmm. Great balance of malt and hops. Not extra Bitter, just Extra Special.
pympynaynteazy99 (31) - South San Jose, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
LOVE IT. Tasty stuff.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid bitter with a good balance of hops and malts, however, I was under the impression that a bitter was suppossed to be bitter, and I am just not feeling it. It has a nice coppery coloration that is slightly more yellow than orange. It is nothing exceptional, but a good run of the mill beer. Not that great for in-depth tasting puposes, but good to drink a few of.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and malty aroma with a nice bit of hops. Very little head that dissipates quickly over an orange-amber hazy beer. Medium-vibrant carb, med-heavy body. A bit sweet to start but nice and bitter. Slight nutty finish with pleasant bitter,sweet after. Smooth and refreshing. Decent beer.
mogo (38) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2004 Difficult to judge due to the context in which I have sampled this brew. At the ballpark, it is nothing short of abrosia compared to the Budweiser option (which is no option at all). Possesses a rich golden color and offers more flavor than what you’re used to having with a hot dog and Cracker Jacks.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber with a nice frothy head. The aroma is rich malt and was the highlight of the beer. Flavor is more hoppy with a blend of malt, not particulary bitter. Overall a mediocore beer that I would drink again, but will never look for.