HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 500ml Bottle 5.2% ABV. Hoppy aroma but nothing else coming through (well, not to me). Pours a fine amber colour with a tan head. Hops and malts coming through in the taste, with a lingering bitterness. Certainly drinkable but, for a celebration ale, I would have liked more body and more kick to it. Most probably soon forgotten.
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Darkish amber with light head. Pretty straight forward bottled bitter, some caramel, a little hop and late maltiness. It’s ok but somewhat bland.
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, pours an amber with a head which is nothing special. Hints of malt on the aroma then leads onto a citrus taste in the mouth, quite zingy. Finishes well, qite a nice bitterness to it
downender (6812) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber with a strong, white head. Aroma was of toffee with some hops in the background. Flavour was well balanced with some doughy malt followed by a long, bitter finish. Good.
leaparsons (8728) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark gold with a small head. Aromas are honey and lemon with caramel malts. Some hay and even hints of banana. Flavours are sweet toffee and caramel followed by spicy hops and some nuttiness. Honey sweetness follows and then dry, spicy, lightly pine hops. Quite herbal on the finish rather than bitter.
RichardGretton (4390) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a strong head. The aroma is lightly toffee and dry and the flavour is hopped and toffee. Overall a nice beer.
DruncanVeasey (7551) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Honeyish amber with a frothy slick of white suds. Quite an appetising snout of leafy hop, robustly boozy malt and apple fruitiness. Slatey smooth and heavily malt-accented. Sturdy ale with a firm hop bitterness and oatily mellow aftertaste.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Pours a nice clear amber with strong carbonation at first. Small tan head which subsides. The aroma is a good mix of flowery hops and toffee malt, likewise the taste. The finish has good lasting bitterness and overall this is a very drinkable ESB. It doesn’t do anything fancy, but is just great to drink.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a clear amber. but no head. A sweet juicy malt and floral aroma. A powerful bitterness, but then an off-setting sweetness, and then a short but clean finish. An enjoyable complex ale.
JonMoore (1985) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light amber colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma has malt, hops and toffee. Smooth and well balanced with the same elements in the taste department with a pleasant bitterness throughout. This is good bitter.