IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pourds a amber/light brown color with a large white head that left a thick lacing on the glass. Very attractive. The aroma is hoppy at first, but closer inspection reveals rich malt undertones. Taste has the expected bitter bite, but is surpisingly smooth and malty at the same time. Rich, clean finish. The best ESB I’ve had. frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
Pours an orange brown colour with an off white head. The aromas are malt, caramel and hops. Tastes of hops and malt in good balance nice dry finish. A good beer. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
this is very nice looking brew.beautiful copper color with little bubbles rising to the top.typical "beer" smell and average head.the taste is very good.not very bitter as the name states,but smooth with a little toffe flavor.overall very nice. HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Fully Toasty aroma, full head and a sparkling amber glow from the glass. First sip starts sweet fills the mouth with doughy flavor and finishes sharp and clean. ESB isn’t my number 1 style but this beer makes me think about a re-evaluation. Very satisfying mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Tap at Sanctuary, Iowa City. Slightly hazy amber, nice, thin head. Aroma is spicy malt, nice toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Finishes bitter, but not overly so. Hops, yesat, malt, all mingle well. This was really enjoyable after a long drive.
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Nice bitter. Sweet aroma with a nice full flavor. Pleasing color and sufficient head. screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
Red amber in color. White head. Tast from toffee. Has a sweet ramoma. A well bodied beer. seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Deep copper color with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Has a toffee, caramel aroma with a nice bitter taste. Good bitter. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
A good looking brew, light brown color with a full, off-white head. The aroma is caramel malts, some sweetness, and a solid spicy topping. Very smooth in the mouth. Tasty sweet malts blanced with pome fruits, herbs, and a nice hop bitterness. Slighty sour aftertaste, but not offensively so. A good ESB. TheFnTexan (14) - Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
I really wanted to like this beer. It’s pretty when poured and has a wonderful aroma. The taste ruined the whole thing though, unfortunately. Horrible aftertaste that made me not even want to take the next drink.