Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2003
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
As reported by others, my label names it the ESB "Rich Amber Ale", though it is a bit light in color. I wasn't too thrilled by this but I wasn't repulsed either. To me, the biggest surprise was an aroma that suggested a bit of fruit and a bit of butter. The flavor had some bitterness building but also some nasty harshness. By the end of the bottle it was seriously compromised in my eyes.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It's been awhile since I had this beer. Overall for my tastebuds it came down a notch since I had it last. But I enjoyed it.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
was my first trip into craft/micro brews, definitely impressed me and is commonplace in my fridge, great flavor, but sometimes seems to lack the bite it usually has, very good beer
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 Update 4/11/04. Had this on tap before a concert in Columbus and the beer was remarkably better than the bottle I previously tried. Caramely, rich flavor led to a nice earthy, slightly bitter hops finish. Nice floral hops aroma. Hard to believe this is the same beer I tried previously.
Previous review: Crisp and refreshing, but by no means a "bitter." ESB is deemed an "amber ale" on the bottle, but has a weak aroma and flavor. Don't drop da dinero if you're 'dinkin bout dryin' da amber!
Rating: 5 3 5 3 12
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Copper in color. Light brown creamy head, mostly diminishing with some lacing. Light malt aroma. slighty bitter and slightly sweet with an enjoyable finish. Nothing all that distintive but I like it none the less.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 17, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 Quickly diminishing head. Nice amber color. Little carbonation. Almost no aroma??? Initial taste is mediocre. Aftertaste of strong hops, which again is quickly diminishing. Still, better than a BudMillerCoors.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2003
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
I had this bottled once. I don't know what all the hype is about. Bitter, stale and utterly undrinkable.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fairly good beer that my cousin can apparently get in Italy. This seems like a fairly promising brewery.
desurfer (1283) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper body with minimal head. Bitter and sweet. Nothing really distinctive.
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange-copper with cool active head. Toasty malt aroma and a corresponding flavor ... with just a tad bit of bitterness, but barely any. Tad bit sweet finish. Not bad, not great.