TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange-copper liquid. Semi-rocky head. Aroma is dominated by crystal malt, followed by caramel, red apples, and nuts. Vinous twang first comes to mind as beer hits the tongue, then comes a nice toastiness with some mustiness and herb hints. I find this a bit overly carbonated for the style. Palate is watery and bland. Hops are only slightly detected. Cheers, Venom.
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very malty taste, very rich, crisp, above average body, floral aroma & aftertaste, very well balanced, kept a pretty good head for it being out of the bottle, very good ESB
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unfiltered hazy copper with suspended flecks. Foamy off white head. Moderate-light carbonation. Roasted and chocolate malt aroma. Crisp medium body, with a good dose of malt flavor. Cocoa and light roasted caramel aspects. Nicely balanced with earthy hops and a very slight fruit edge. Gets maltier and deeper as it sits and warms. Finishes mellower and sharply maltier. Tastes different than previous versions but still very good.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
ravidesai (974) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
well balanced ESB. amber/red color with a bubbly off white head, with a floral hoppy aroma.
taste was bitter but mellow, has a buttery smoothness to it. while hoppy the malt flavors are evident and become more evident in the later sips as the bitter hops fade.
good palate but a touch over carbonated.
Another good beer from this underrated brewery.
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Very bitter, hop blending wasn’t very well done. Smooth, but bad aftertaste.
BillKismet (3769) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer was absolutely lovely, though it is hard for me to accept this as a genuine ESB. The hops bitterness was borderline imperceptible. This beer has a pleasant honey-smoothness that makes it incredibly drinkable.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good stuff! Nice hops, not overpowering the malt.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good flavor - but the bottles I’ve had have been WAY over-carbonated. AFter I poured & let it sit in a mug for 15 minutes or so, it was good. Mild bitterness to balance the malt. Don’t know if I got a reject case of CO2-Overkilled bottles or what.
kenk99 (168) - Leonia, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2000
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good ESB.