highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderate English ESB marred by pasteurisation. Poured a teak colour with ruby highlights and a short but lasting head that laced a bit. Sweetish aroma of boiled lollies, popcorn-like diacetyl, caramel and custard. Not particularly inviting. Tastes much, much better than it smells. Nice creamy palate, medium-bodied, with a dry finish. Very malt-driven, with chocolate and toffee notes and a fruity middle before that disappointing boiled pasteurised taint to the finish. Decent bitterness in the finish. Better than I remembered but no classic. (500ml bottle, Camperdown Cellars, best before 1/9/05)
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alefest ’05 - An excellent Bitter. Second best "new" beer at event (not including ones tried before). Probably best Brit ESB I’ve had. Most are more thin and flat than this. More like our (US) Bitters.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve had enough Japanese macros over the past week, time for something different! A clear medium to dark Brown, Ruby at the edges. A small beige head. Sweet rich malts, caramel and fruit. A nice flavor with a sweet front, some floral hops in the middle and carmalized sugar sweetness towards the finish, a slightly hoppy, copper penny, sweet aftertaste.
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love English Ales, I picked this one up on random. what a great treat!
Taste of caramel, maple, toffee and a touch of smoke. Good malt gives it great character
mybrainhurts (356) - North Dakota, USA - APR 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dusty, caramel malt, and slightly skunked aroma. Milk, caramel, and toffee flavors. A tad bit nutty as well. Finishes lightly roasted and drained. Watery mouthfeel. This is a painfully average ESB. A bit of a let down compaired to it’s wicked looking bottle label. Oh well....
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Poured from the bottle, a dark copper with a frothy off-white head (which disappeared all too quickly). Aroma is strongly malty - molasses. In the mouth, it is quite smooth and malty, with hints of raisins. The hop character is quite mellow.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hoppy aroma, slightly metallic and skunked but still ok. Rather thin, watered appearance as often found in clear-bottle beer; typical malt-amber color. Mouthfeel is also quite thin. Flavor is rather more complex than the aroma, being more fruity e.g. banana and strawberry (separately, not straw-banana) though the beer also shows signs of a cloying artificial sweetening aka "added sugar". There is a bit of hoppiness to be found especially in the finish, but definitely not what one would expect from a beer slated as an ESB. Would like to find the cask version, being that ESB is a style that can show great variation between cask and pasteurized bottle (though the sugariness would seem to make this likelihood more remote in this case).
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very drinkable beer. Eathy malty flavor. Like many beers, i wouldnt go ouit lookin for it, but i would have no complaints if you passed me this one.
RedBurn (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber, with a thin head. The flavor was mildly sweet, but not as rich as I would have liked. Rather expensive in my area . . . I would drink again, but only as a gift.
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light skunk and hop aroma. Clear dark brown. Light falvors of caramel and friuts. Watery throughout the middle. Was excited for this stuff but did not impress. Ending is rather alcohloy with a mild hop and bitterness.