roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle pours a reddish hue with some decent froathy white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some citrusy hop scents as well. Flavor is very rich and nicely balanced between the malty sweetness that first hits you and then the lingering hop finish. Hop prescence nice fit but not too overpowering. Overall, an enjoyable beer.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fridge Temp. Red in a shaker glass. Flavor is dry and hoppy with some nuttiness and a resinous background. A nice session ale.
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, dark, reddish - amber with a good initial head Ė this beer just invites you to drink it. Postponing the invitation to smell the aroma, one first notices citrus hop tones but soon a delicious honey malt character predominates. Although slightly watery in mouth feel, the flavours are strong with beautifully balanced malt, hops and sweetness while the bitterness is kept in the background. The carbonation is just right and the aftertaste of roasted malts lingers nicely. I never thought I would be scoring an English bitter higher than many a Belgian ale but this beer said it all!
oh6gdx (25997) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Reddish brown, decent white foamy head. Mainly malty aroma with hints of fruit. Fruity sweet taste which turns bitter. This one has a nice long bitter aftertaste.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear and reddish amber. Big dimishing beige head and sticky lace. Aroma is malty and caramel. Flavor is sweet, malt, and slightly bitter finish. Very mild overall and very little carbonation. Has a nice lingering flavor. I probably need to taste some other ESB to see if this is the style for me. I probably wonít be buying this again.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent ruby orange color with a very nice white head. Excellent aroma of sweet tobacco. Matched by a wonderful flavor of carmel, merlot, and some subtle spicy hops. Far better than my expectations!!!
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 If I vas brewink zis bier in Chermany I vould not be changink a ting. It ist perfect for style unt eben usink Hallertau hops vould not be betterink it. Zis ist ein ov mein favorite Englander biers unt yet Helga zhe zay,"It hast ZUM malt schmell." Oy Vey!!
Earlier Rating: 2/18/2005 Total Score: 4
Ahhh, Fullers ESB, what makes this an "extra special bitter" is the Golding hops. The marriage of Goldings and malt is a thing to behold. Like Hallertau and Saaz, Goldings is top class. Combine this with a great roasted malt, caramel flavor and you got yourself a winner.
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored, with aroma of malt, some hops, caramel, brown sugar, cognac, and merlot. Tastes of caramel malt, toffee, and some finishing hops. Smooth palate and a delightful finish. Very good.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Andyís on tap. This poured golden with nice fluffy head, Aroma of hops and grapefruit. This was smooth but quite hoppy. Nice.
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Redish-amber color with descent head off-white. Smells sweet and fruity. Almost a grape and caramel-honey combonation. Does have a light to meduim bitterness. Overall darn good with smooth aftertaste.