Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich malty aroma - caramel and some dried fruits. Perfect appearance for an ESB, brilliant amber with a frothy white head that laced the glass. Flavor matches the aroma, dominated by malt with some fruity esters. Decent hop bitterness, but no hop flavor or aroma. Body is pretty full, carbonation is a little high for a bitter, but it hides the alcohol well. A well-crafted, malty ESB. It fits the style well, although my personal preference is for a little more hops in the flavor and aroma.
brettsbarley (2) - murray, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a great beer. i think you can only get it on tap at schlafly but it is well worth the drive. The atmosphere at schlafly is great they have about 10-15 beers on tap usualy and all of them are good. The food is great too. If you are ever in St. Louis be sure to stop in at Schlafly and grab a pint.
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 (3228) - 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 (8805) - 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 (2920) - 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 (2606) - 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 (1274) - 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?