JonMoore (1883) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Ruby red with short lived brownish head, no lacing. Light aroma. Caramel taste with slightly hoppy, bitter, malty finish, quite carbonated. Quite impressive.
pintbypint (2657) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from 500ml clear bottle. Ruby red, head poured thick and creamy but thinned out quickly. Light but woody and malty aroma. Taste is fruity, end with burnt caramel, some dark chocolate and some hop bitterness. 5.2 abv
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown with almost no head. Not much of an aroma. Flavor of licorice, malt
and hops at the end.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent ESB. Dark chocolatey appearance (looked a bit like a chocolate coke). Smooth and delightful taste. Chocolate, malt, and perhaps a bit of butter. A winner.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
awesome looking bottle. aroma is a little strange, might be because of the clear glass bottle. taste is unaffected, and is pleasant to drink.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 500ml Bottle. Familiar Wychwood smell when the bottle is opened. Pours a dark brown, with a smallish creamy head. A sweet, possibly chocolatey taste detected, some hoppiness as well.
Not bad, not a classic though.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of pine and a bit of fruit. Pours a copper brown, thin disipating head. Sweetness (fruity), and some hops in there. Not too bad. Lucky I didn’t get a skunker with that clear bottle.
TBone (12831) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, alc. 5.2% ABV (BB 05/2005)
Red-brown, small creamy head. Hoppy, typical British ale nose. Slightly bitter, quite watery.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2004
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle pours like a coke with not much of a head.
aroma is kinda pissy ,reminds me of a malt liqour.
taste is a bit sweet, watery, and metalic. soury finish.
wont buy again
pootzboy (1594) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this is misclassified..it has a lot of brown ale characteristics. 5.5%AVB in a clear bottle. Poured a crystal clear brown-amber with a smallish off white cap which reduces to a nice surface covering lace. Lightly carbonated. Aromas are fairly pronounced…roasted caramel malts , grassy hops, some spice notes and a slight mustiness..nice nose to this brew. Starts with a large buttery mellow malt body…great burnt toffee tastes that give way to a wonderful licorice taste as the hops kick in…finish drops off rather quickly with the lingering licorice discernment that hangs in as an after taste…..a nice brown ale…I love how they got the licorice effect with the hop/malt balance …but over priced and with the clear glass container there is a chance of getting a skunked bottle.