Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Thanks to EddieG for this extra. Pours red with a white head. Smells very nutty with nice malty undertones. Taste is slightly bitter and metallic with a near perfect balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Nice fruity elements pop up as the beer warms to room temperature. Mouthfeel is velvety and rich. Finish leaves you wanting more. Xstream (242) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2016 Geur is zoet. Bruine suiker, caramel, stroop, mout en wat zoet rijp fruit met een ietwat funky zuurtje. Body is smooth, nectar achtig als maple syrup, medium bubbelig. Herken nu ook iets nootachtigs. Finish is eerst soepel en dan licht droog met droog fruit, caramel en licht hopje. Drinkt makkelijk weg. Wel vrij rijk, dus geen sessie bier. Maar zo af en toe heerlijk. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2004
Cask conditioned at Twickenham beer festival 2004, day 2. The beer I was most eager to try. I travelled on the first day to Twickenham, meeting up with Chris_o and Duff. Despite promises of no beers being kept back and being told when we got there it would be on later that night, it did not materialise. So I returned with Duff the following day, to try a few more beers. This is the one I wanted to try the most.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Poured brown, with not too much in the way of a head. Aroma is typical Fuller’s and typical cask Fuller’s ESB, very nice. The beer itself is different to the regular ESB, still a strong, fruity and sweetish bitter, but this is hoppier & drier. The alcohol is more apparent also, but it’s not anywhere close to being overpowering.
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 Bottle 00396. Burnt amber color with a nice sized white head. More hoppy in the aroma than the regular ESB with some caramel. I found this version to be more drinkable. Perhaps a bit sweeter and maltier. Perhaps a different hop was used, I’m really not sure. I do know I could drink this shit all day long, no problem. Taste and mouthfeel are silky smooth without the usual taste I get in my mouth from regular Fullers ESB (like I want to brush my teeth). Thanks to Brenda (Beandip) for this beer. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
Cask Stillage at Edgeley Park, Stockport 03/06/2005
Amber mid brown colour and strong in alcohol. Fruity and slightly spicy. Some bitterness in a crisp full malt finish.
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Very nice looking copper/amber colour with a slim off-white head. Sweet, fruity, malty and caramel aroma. Flavours are light roasted malty, hoppy, some raisin, caramel, light spiceyness, nice yeastiness with a long hoppy bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, smooth. Nicely complex - very good. bhensonb (15188) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle purchased at the Griffin Brewery. Bottle conditioned. Malty aroma. Deep amber color with a vigorous, frothy, lacing near-white head. Starts very malty. Lightly roasted malt impact. Passes to complex flavors, which seem to include chocolate. The chocolate stays, the malt goes, and the hop arrives. This is passing strange. Good, but strange. footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2007
1/22/05, 500ml. #02480. Reddish brown with small tan rocky head. Earthy floral aroma with malt undertones. NIce maltiness balanced by the bitterness.
Rerate 1/07. This did not age well. it has lost most of its hop character and had too much oxidation. Ratings are for initial tasting. kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2009
Tried at the brewery. Touch of boiled vege on the nose...hardly surprising for it’s age! Looks great and tastes better....i think it’s got better with age, it’s now really well rounded, raisins soaked in sherry, port and juicy malt thanks Paul!! Henry80 (9) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2014 does not count
(Bottle 50 cl)A hazy orange beer with a thin disappearing orange head. Rather unusual aroma: very spicy on a malty caramel back ground. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, combined with a light spicyness. Medium body with a dry finish.Very good beer!