SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very pleasant, almost sour-ish ale. Itís not particularly bitter. This may be the least bitter ESB since Welsh ESB. The slight crisp sourness is getting to me a bit.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 Re-rate - Tried this out of the big bottle, courtesy of Rockinout. I liked it a lot more this time. Nicely balanced and fresh tasting. Original: this started off well - medium body, nice malt/hop balance, perhaps leaning a bit towards the malt. the aftertaste though, was beyond dry - all the flavor disapeared! O.k. for a session ale, i don't like a lot of lingering tastes, but geeeez, gimmie at least a little somethin' for my toungue to think about!!!
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden yellow with small head. Smooth, watery palate. I was a little disappointed after sampling a bunch of other Stoudts. This had a cheesy aroma and tasted a bit bitter with some unidentifiable off flavor. Sort of killed the rating.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 The fruitiest in both aroma and flavor department of any ESB I have ever tried. Maybe this should be renamed as an 'Amber ale?' Overall, extremely quaffable!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A real fine summer beer, but it doesnít taste like any ESB Iíve ever encountered. Itís surprisingly sweet, with a nice touch of maltiness, but isnít a real complex beer. A mite on the thin side, but very, very refreshing.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little to bitter for me.
argo0 (11165) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild aroma, more bitterness in flavor. Rich color, not really supported by the beer. Nice on palate, and aftertaste is better than body.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth, mild medium body, a little bitter but it added a nice touch to the aftertaste, didnít keep a good head, but a great beer
ssurp (23) - trenton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good. The bite of hops that you expect from a bitter with a nice touch of malt at the finish.