Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
from a very popular micro and having the "special" designation this beer fails to impress at all levels. Bland, and even on tap I have never had one that wasn’t a bit stale and oxidized. This style should be all about the play of strong malt and powerful hops. This beer has neither.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma a little stale. Weak flavor. A slight bitterness.
Can’t really taste much in the way of any malt at all.
Overall, this is not worth repeating.
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 (679) - 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 (3778) - 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.