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 youíre used to having with a hot dog and Cracker Jacks.
odelay (37) - fuquay-varina, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
it tastes a little bitter, but then, itís supposed to. very smooth for a "bitter" beer, great strong flavor, not bad aftertast. had it out of a keg just the other day.
Ferociousaurus (37) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprised this beer was rated so low. I really enjoy it -- nice, easy-drinking session beer. A little citrusy, almost more like a pale ale than a standard ESB. Nice, sweet, caramelly finish. One reviewer said it reminded him of tea, which is pretty spot-on.
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good (but not amazing) amber; my favorite thing about it is that it has a decent amount of flavor but is still light enough to drink in quantity
Beerygeek (36) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hardly a true ESB, but refreshingly drinkable. I am surprised that it seems so hated on RB. The bitterness is a little bit unrefined, and the aroma is barely where it should be, but hey, if it is on special, I would have it again.
Mickey42 (36) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A solid ale. Taste is wonderful and doesnít linger. Just bitter enough to be a respectable English ale.
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I agree with those that said this beer does not seem to be bitter. I didn't think it was extra special either! Blame it on the marketers to call this an Extra Special Bitter Ale. Even so, I'd rather drink this than the mass produced near-beers but there are better options available.
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Disclaimer: due to bad allergies I have a permanent stuffy nose, so I just give all the beers I rate a 5 for aroma.
Anyway, this is a nice beer with good flavour--however, I thought it was odd how the carbonation made the beer taste sharp to me initially, but it ends up being neat anyway because the bitterness hits you at the end of the swallow.
Not the best, but certainly not the worst, and I think itís worth the price.
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This esb was definately not what I had expected, but I was not disappointed. It tasted quite sweet.
Whids (35) - - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very sessionable beer. Great balance and taste. Canít wait to drink a few more.