joet (2259) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Instantly, easily the best midwestern beer I’ve had. Even better than Two Hearted Ale. Big delicious creamy substantive body, a big aroma with an odd array of hops besting the very present malt aromas. Hoppy belches sweetly. More in between 90-Minute and Anchor Steam than akin to Fullers. This is an APA or IPA. Bits of cookie and astringent herbs. Long and lingering. A fabulous beer.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper color and crystal clear. Light cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Fruity with moderate caramel malt and nicely balanced hops in the nose. Slightly citric hop aroma and flavor. Somewhat striking initial bitterness backed up by a strong caramel and slightly toffee-ish malt flavor. Nice little zing from the rye. Medium body. The flavor really stays with you a long time after you swallow. A tad bitter but overall quite nicely balanced. Good stuff! Thanks to igneousboy for this one!
jasonkpe99 (3) - Affton, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer, my favorite Schlafly. Nice hops, but clean and gentle at the same time, making it (maybe too?) easy to drink...
omhper (20328) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. Grassy flowery hop aroma. Very malty. Saltyand resiny with really bitter finish. A more than solid ESB.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper pour with a off white head.Malty nose with a hint of floral hops. First sip reveals that I want a big gulp of this. Nice bitterness but is nicely balanced. This would make a great everyday drinker.Thanks to maxpower for this one.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, they got the bitter part right. an all around good beer, but it is tough to call this an ESB
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just found last falls version on sale for $4 a sixer. I was very pleased to try this. Very strong malt and even more hop.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big time hops blow away the malt in this quality ESB. My bottle (tasted in March) might have been a little old. Looking forward to retaste upon the October 31st release of the 2002 edition!
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 Orange-amber color, fluffy white head that leaves a nice lasting lace. Sweet malt aroma, soft and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-Full bodied, very balanced with a taste of rye and caremel. The hops really stand out in the end. The is best one this brewery has to offer.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good ESB. Nice and clean with lots of hop flavor.