TBone (16848) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color. Off-white creamy medium head. Same time fruity and crisp. Full-bodied: lots of hops, malt and hints of honey. Finish is dry but pleasant. You can't get better bitter than this!
Crockett (1115) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a big creamy off white head. No aroma other than a slight toasty caramel. Very good mouthfeel. Toffee, soft malt notes, burnt sugar balancing with hoppy bitters. Quite enjoyable. Moderately bitter with a dry, roasty finish.
rajendra82 (1071) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Crystal clear coppery red appearance with a creamy off white head. Effervescent character and lively carbonation lends this beer a slightly rough mouthfeel. Aroma screams of roasted malt goodness and English hops. Tastes dominated by malt with hints of chewy caramel, buttery toffee, lightly roasted nuts, and faint smoked wood. Medium mouthfeel drying on the palette. Understated and graceful hoppyness. Very drinkable beer that embodies quiet elegance and charm.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is small and off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty with a nice flowery hor to it. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is nicely bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, dry and creamy texture, soft carbonation. A strong example of a good esb.
Christian (13285) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Bottled: Just as wonderful. Still has the pleasant velvet creamy mouthfeel and most of the rich aroma and flavour.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Hand pull - beautiful medium amber color with off white head. Slight mustiness in the aroma. Excellent balance of hop bitterness and malt. This is a beautiful beer!
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the true classics. May be overshadowed by the many "over the top" micro ales, but this subtle, incredibly well balanced brew will stand the test of time. Smooth, creamy body, carmel like flavor. Hops kick in with the after-taste. Very full mouthfeel. Overall, this is one of the real standard setting beers of the world.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You can never really go wrong with Fullers it seems, and this is indeed a solid ESB. Malty and slightly fruity aroma. Characteristic long and bitter finish.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber/red color, off-white head. Very little carbonation. This is what I think of when I think of an English Bitter... Mostly malty with a lot of hop bitterness, but no hop aroma/flavor. Sweet flavor with a bitter aftertaste. Good beer, but nothing really distinct about it.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Bottle. An orange-brown ale with a sweet malt and hop aroma. Light to moderate carbonation, with honey and malt sweetness up front, and a dry, minerally, hoppy dryness that dominates the finish along with a hint of alcohol. Enjoyable and above average, although it doesnít really have enough character or distinctiveness to warrant the huge reputation that it enjoys. That being said, it does impress me every now and then.