Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starts of full and kind of creamy, some lightly sweet malts full of fruits. Finish is all about the hops - sides of tongue and even on the roof of my mouth. Good head and great lacing. Very nice ESB - I want another!
jsquire (2957) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this on tap in St. Louis, but I'm rating the bottle I brought back. Beautiful amber color out of the bottle with nice foamy off-white head that left tons of sticky lace on the glass. Lots of hop bitterness in the initail taste and long into the finish. Fruity flavors of peach and citrus ride on the sweet malt backbone. Very nice beer.
Bov (8204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
red-amber colour, fine head and a nice lace, caramel aroma with notes of cherry, good malt body with a solid bitterness, long bitter finish
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a big rich grainy malt nose, along with a thick and creamy beige-white head that lasts quite a long time. It has a clear light amber-orange color profile that thins a touch around the edges. The smooth start hides a wicked hop spike that stabs you suddenly right in the middle and lingers through the aftertaste. The bitter spike seems a little out of place compared the other malty sweetness that is rolling around. All in all, a unique American ESB. Thanks igneousboy.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 Beautiful amber color with lasting thin foamy head, syrup smell with with buttery carmel malty taste. Very nice. What a special break when you think it will never stop snowing.
aracauna (2855) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lingering sticky cream-colored head tops a clear, bright deep amber body. The aroma is mellow malts, toffee and maple. The Hops offer up a slightly piney character. The flavor is sweet but not cloying. Reminds me of toast or biscuits with maple syrup or maybe just pancakes. The bittering hops balance the beer nicely. This is a great well-made beer but doesn't provide the chewy maltiness of the Fuller's.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
good looking creature of transparent golden orange and frothy cream lather..biscuity hop aroma with a hint of carmel..flavor was buttery with big notes of carmel..real buttery mouthful with lots of drippy carmel and a solid bitter hop backbone..full bodied..nice bitterness..defintely takes advantage of all areas of the toungue with the addition of carmel sweetness and peanut skin saltiness..Great ESB
JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahh, this is what an ESB should be. Carmel colored in appearance and clear. Malty and flavorful(of hops). Buttery monthfeel. Slight malty sweetness on the finish. Hey can I have another?
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler: Light golden brown. . .very nice amount of head. . .wonderful bitter flavours all around, great fresh hops, clean finish, I could drink this beer all day, all night. . .all week. . .
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Exquisite clear amber color w/ a long lasting off white head. Slightly sweet nose, the flavor begins malty & finishes w/ a nice balance of hops. This is an excellent beer