aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice bitter. Crytal amlt notes very fresh malt with hints of tea and cookies. caramel and bready notes come thru with good noble hop bitterness and some floral grassy notes. Easy drinking session beer to enjoy with friends
JonMoore (2022) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, a year past it best before date, March 04, in my keeping. Superb. Dark reddish brown. Thick, foamy off-white, lasting head. Nicely sweet, nutty and caramel tasting, full bodied, with nice noticable alcohol.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper with brown highlights. Dense, short white head on top. Slow rising bubbles of carbonation take their time floating in the liquid. Attractive looking beer. Fruity, toasted caramel malt, a touch of smoke for aroma. Slightly stale, caramel apples, iced tea flavors. Solid malt body, with some fruity bitterness at the end. Pretty decent ESB.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fridge Temp. Very little aroma. Brandy colored with a fizzy tan head that quickly diminishes. Very little flavor; hints of roasted malt. A bit watery and a bit bitter on the finish. Totally inoffensive; mediocrity in a bottle. Did not a great improvement as it warmed up: drink at room temp.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 12, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(tap)So tis is e enuine bitter as they swirl ´em ithe UK. Well, it´s darkish red, clear with small head. Served to the rim of the glass, first siĺ was lomg a quite refreshing.Some malt and a slightly bitter finish. Bring in the fish ´n´chips!
heemer77 (5187) - 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, ESB’s I have had.
highlandlad (1434) - 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 it’s cut somewhat by the bitterness.
asheft (2739) - 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.