heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a relatively dark amber. Much darker than the picture. A large off white head. Aroma is iced tea and some sweat socks. Taste is a weird iced tea and some dry apple. HInts of dirt and cheap cocoa. Nothing very impressive. A grainy mouthfeel. One of the worst, if not the worst, ESBís I have had.
highlandlad (1421) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A quality premium bitter. Looks terrific: poured a deep ruby red with a formidable head that left some lacing. The nose is rich, raisiny and full of alcohol. However, there are sulphurous notes that are a bit off-putting. Medium-bodied and very smooth. Raisins, spices and a little caramel in the mix before a dry hoppy finish. I found the spiciness cloying towards the end of the bottle. (Bottle, October 2002, branded as English Premium Bitter)
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Bombardier is a good, solid beer that, while unremarkable, is always enjoyed without much depth in appreciation. It has a bit of malty sweetness, but itís cut somewhat by the bitterness.
asheft (2553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bright ruddy brown with a short-lived head. Aroma well balanced between malt and english hops. Prominent metallic taste and feel that takes away from the pleasant caramel and gentle hops and alcohol flavours. Also a lingering bitterness that borderlines astringent. Medium body but with that puckering astringent and metallic feel.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 27/11/2004. Bottle. From Woolworths supermarket in Taupo after cycling 100 miles. Pours a reddish caramel brown - very much in the expected bitter colour range. A thin off-white head lingers down the glass. Light roasted aroma. Strong roasty, almost toasty, malt flavours tending towards a slighly burnt taste. To me this beer is reminiscent of a single malt whisky somewhere in my past (Talisker, i think?). Retasted, from Island Bay New World, on 26/08/2006. Very english. Darker than I remember. Dark fruits - plums and prunes - with an underlying vinous note and a hint of marzipan. Nice background bitterness is very well balanced, and lingers. Lovely fruity note late on the palate. Softly carbonated. Much better than the 2004 bottle. I suspect the Taupo one was much older and had thinned out.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty, chocolatey and caramel aroma with some nice citrus/floral hops. Clear dark brown with rocky tan head that lasts nicely and coats the glass. Sweet up front with some roastiness and a finishing bitterness. Surprising little alcohol twang considering the low ABV. Medium-light body feels perhaps a bit thin in the mouth yet sticky in the throat. Didnít really live up to the expectations of the aroma. Bottle (clear - Bombardier English Premium Ale at 5.2%)
imdownthepub (10662) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Pasteurised. Dark amber with lasting foamy head. Difficult to get in Britin at this strength, but a nicely set up bottled beer with a malty, roasted quality. Smooth with a caramel base and a light hoppiness finding its way in at the end. Very pleasant.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chestnut colour with a frothy tan coloured head. Raisin and fruity aroma, notes of toffee. Toffee shows more in the flavour, along with bread, raisin, and a dark fruity bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel.
Christian (11282) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well balanced and classic bitter with fruits and malt, but the flavour seems a little thin.
Eructoblaster (3121) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Superb dark ruby body topped with a nice off-white foamy head. Good malty nose with oaky, vineous, and fruity (mainly grape and cherry) hints. Taste is perfectly balanced. Bitterness is well present from the attack until the very finish, without being harsh or close to sourness. Flavors of malt, Fuggle hops, roasted cereals, and fruits. That beer is exactly what I am expecting from a good English ESB.