darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer was pretty lackluster. Small head, little flavor. Lacking in hops. Won’t buy again.
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good common ESB that won’t steer you wrong. The full malted body goes down smooth and awards you with a refreshing bittersweet finish. This stuff is great on tap, and I highly suggest drawing yourself a pint should you have the means.
JustinBennett (67) - junction city, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. poured a dark carmally color little white head. carmally smell. has a full taste. a little bitter but not bad.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours copper/orange. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not as hoppy or bitter or bold as I thought it would be. More malt than I expected. Some hops, a little caramel, a little citrus. Not a rememberable beer but not bad really.
barroso2501 (66) - Brasilia, BRAZIL - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank from bottle. Very good taste. Not much aroma, but very smooth and slightly floral.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly bitter, not a beer I would drink again.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very comparable to Bass pale. Ample white head, good lacing, moderate-good activity. Excellent color, soft, full mouthfeel, bitterness just right. Strong across the middle, medium finish, decent after taste. Medium-light body and underwhelming character insures hop-heads and beer snobs will piss all over themselves dissing this beer. Just ignore them. Solid, well rounded selection that’s widely available.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Wow, what an utter ripoff. Waited years to review good beers in front of this, anyway, let’s roll. Great label, great description on label, decent ESB color, I guess. Slight aroma, slight taste, no character. Good ESB is a fine style, so I stubbornly tried this stinker many times over the years, telling myself that the last beer was too assertive, ruining my palate for Redhook. BULLSHIT ! This is dyed red Budweiser (ie, Buttwiper). Jesus, Killian’s tastes passable next to this corporate "product".
britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2000
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
quite smooth for such a dark beer. Almost the perfect amount of bitterness at the end....not to bitter, not to weak.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In answer to your question (WISEGUY527 "I used to love this. Did they change or did I?", a friend of mine just told me that they have been bought out by Anheiser Bush (this is one of his favs - and I just told him about this site - expecting Vince to join soon)