Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The soft and full body of this beer has a caramel sweetness, some fruity notes and just enough hops for balance (I would prefer some more, thank you). Finishes with a sugar sweet caramel stickyness. Very easy to drink
DocLock (9701) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like this ESB, but I don't seek it out. It seems to lack balance, and tastes a little sour to me. It has a nice aroma, and is definitely bitter, but is not near the top of my ESB list.
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
If I was to describe the experience in one word, I'd use the word crisp. Looked decent when poured, with a clear pale amber look and a smallish head that fizzled out in a matter of seconds. Aroma was faintly hoppy at first. The taste however was very nondescript and lacked any complexity whatsoever. It tries to offend none but ends up not being terribly pleasant either.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
for an esb i thought it may have lacked the bitter quality. i liked the beer but nothing really stuck out. i was really for looking for bitterness and expecting more bite.
egajdzis (6011) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured an orange amber color with a small quickly diminishing off white head. Malty, vanilla, hay and almost a strawberryish aroma. There is also hay in the taste, wierd. Also some malt and a slightly bitter hop taste as well as some orange peel. I don't know why hay was all over this one?
raymow (1374) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice amber color, not much of an aroma. Definitely malty and slightly bitter but there's something that I don't quite like about it but I can't put my finger on what it is.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown in color, large head. Not very bitter, but then again real English Bitters are not very bitter. A good balance between the hops and the malts. Better than Yards.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this draft at the Weyerbacher open house. Good beer, nothing special. Had a nice malt flavor. Wasn't that bitter however.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hmmm... problaby waited to long , so this rating is much closer to room temp then it should be... nice flavor for a bitter, but dark, thick, and heavy... it would be a good bitter for food, but doesn't stand alone well....
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The hops are in full view and this beer has a smokiness that's halfway to a rauchbier. It's as if they toasted the malt, and is reminiscent of a scotch ale in its malty taste. Not particularly ESB-ish.