eczematic (1304) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
i like maltdog's dubbel comparison below. it is like leffe brune or something. brown, with caramelly smell and caramelly flavours. sweet, hopless, with a bit of honey. doesnt leave a lot behind in your mouth. drinkable. fine. ok.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark in color for an ESB. There seems to be alot more malty flavor than I'm used to. It does have a nice bitter finish. A good beer.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice floral hop aroma. Poured without a head. Flavours of caramel and licorice followed by a dry, long-lasting bitterness.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2003 I wasn't expecting much out of this but I was surprised. It's actually a good beer. Very roasty aroma, smells like roast beef dinner. I swear I could smell meat cooking in this beer. Kind of charcoal. Flavor is fruity and bitter, alcoholic. Glad to see this made it to Texas, I saw it for the first time in a store here and bought a bottle. Wish it was cheaper.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Not much of a head, dark brown-read color. HUGE aroma, hits you from a foot away when pouring. I taste brown sugar, vanilla, and some ripe fruit, with a lip-smacking stickiness. Too malty, methinks.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with yellow edges, thick, sparkling cream-colored head. Aroma of cherries, grapes, notes of yeast. The flavor really took me by surprise with how strong it was towards the end. The initial sensations were weak, but this beast awoke at the back of the mouth.....raisins, alcohol, maple syrup and caramel all made an appearance before leaving a big and bitter aftertaste. Also, as it warmed a bit more, notes of cereal came out in the finish.....ugh! I agree with some of the other raters that Thames Welsh ESB doesn't fit the style very well.
fly (1369) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was almost surprised to see that this wasn't Felinfoel. Been a LONG time since I had it, but memory says these two are not far apart. Tad tart, oak-y I guess, Tastes WELSH. Started with it not exceedingly chilled and have let get progresively warmer. Nice. Caramel and nice soft bitterness.
cAPSLOCK (154) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an unusual beer... especially odd for an ESB. First thing I noticed was the aroma as I poured it. Very agressive and present and a little murky. But the beer pours a clear dark amber brown and is not very carbonated and there isn't much head. Tastes like scotch is mixed in it. The flavor is quite dry and complex. It lingers for a LONG time and the finish turns quite bitter and stays forever. I liked it better as I drank it, perhaps as it warmed. This is a very very unusual beer.
heykevin (1269) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Earthy dusty hop aroma. Moderately bitter with solid caramelly malt. Much better as it warms, as the malt and hops come together as a less disjointed flavor.
maltdog (592) - Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours mahogany/ruby with a quickly fading head. Bizarre aromas of plums and raisins, bubble gum, figs, bananas. Tastes just like it smells, with hints of chocolate and root beer. Sweet syrupy malt. Any bitterness seems to come from dark malts- I can't find hops anywhere. What the hell?!? This would make a fair belgian-style dubbel, but putting "ESB" on the label doesn't make it one. Imaginative interpretation of the style, yet ultimately disappointing.