dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
568ml / 1 pint bottle. Itís a good premium ESB. Dark dark brown with a decent flavor that leans towards espresso with fain nut. Hops are definitely sharper and more bitter than some of the more polished ESBís out there. But itís got me feeling good.
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Oct, 2002 Pleasant, slightly fruity beer. Quite normal. Wonít pop itís head above the bar to shout boo or offer to buy you a round. [2.7]
June, 2004 Still from the bottle, but now I detect some character. The malt is sly, slipping around all over the place, but making itself felt now and again quite pleasantly. Upped a few points. [2.9]
Aug, 2004 Pasteurised Bottle. BBE: April 05. (5.2%) A rather sober and serious beer. Woody, earthy bitterness. I have no favourable feelings toward this beer - neither this stronger version nor the cask version. I really donít think Iím a fan of bitter hops. The buttery almond notes on the swallow are quite pleasant, but on the whole this is not my sort of thing. [2.8]
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, off-white head. Aroma is of Golding and crispy malts. The flavour is well balanced: while the hops are quite present, they are restrained to make for a balanced beer. Not bad. Bottle.
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut color with a nice beige head. The taste is malts with a nice balanced bitterness. Feels slight thin on the palate
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red color, light sweet caramel aroma and taste, medium body, bitter finish.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(On tap) Copperish color with fine head. Mild aroma and very creamy palate. Slightly bland flavor, malt has some sweetness in it. Hops come up mildly in the end. Little bit of weak and light bodied for ESB, waited more of this beer. Nice lace.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another great ESB. This one also enjoys a nice full aroma of hops and sweet fruit -- not citrusy. The taste is all there and the 5.5% gives it a nice backbone -- this is not a greene king IPA.
larsniclas (5607) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Rover, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Brown with an off-white head.
Really not much aroma; some chocoalte and toffee.
Fine bitterness with notes of chocolate.
Very much like an ordinary Bombardier.
Earlier Rating: 10/26/2003 Total Score: 2.9
Draught at Plain Kitchen, Gothenburg.
Amber with an off-white, small head.
A weak aroma with some dill(?).
A soft palate and a bitter, somewhat fruity flavour.
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body
is dark reddish-amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread,
caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot, orange), with notes of plum,
Bit-O-Honey, and diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic,
lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately
bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Very nice
quaffing ale here...clean and extremely well-balanced. Nothing
mind-blowing, but surprisingly solid (based on the average score here)
and a fair bit more flavorful than quite a lot of similarly priced
English imports. Very nice/interesting color, too, like mahogany...and
with a lasting head, thatís good for a perfect score in my book. Thumbs up.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown colour with small creamy head. Not much in the aroma. Flavor is malty and fruity, with hints of caramel.