warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice good classic ESB, balance of the good caramel malt flavors with hop bitterness and the Kent Golding hop flavor coming through. I had this beer quite a few times over the years and will continue to enjoy it again in the future.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 The best bitter I ever had. And I've only had bottles. If I ever get to England and drink this from the cask, I might lose control of my faculties.( In retrospect, wouldn't take much.) Update, even better the second time!
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a very complex beer. Good auburn color, thin head. Mild malt with fruitiness and a touch of bitter. Another good "wash-it-down" beer
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured clear with a foamy head. Sweet malt aroma. Full, smooth taste. Nice going.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice clear copper colour with a thin white head. caramel malt aroma. Woodsy malt flavour with a nice bitterness and mouthfeel.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 (Bottled, another Re-rate 31 Dec 2004) Beautiful red/dark amber color with a medium, off-white, tight and lacy head. Dryish, burned-malty aroma with oakiness, nuts and almonds, plus a hint of metal. Burned-malty, dry and quite bitter flavor with oak barrel and peanut. The very aromatic hops make a really nice combination. Strong, bitter, slightly astringent aftertaste. Medium-bodied, somewhat warming, very dry and bitter palate with balanced carbonation. No signs of alcohol. A very nice, strong-flavored and reasonably complex bitter, although slightly metallic. At its best when drank quite cool. Canít quite compete with Jšmtlands Postiljon or Nynšshamns BedarŲ Bitter, though (at least when bottled).
JK (5946) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt and hops in the aroma. Red and clear with a big head. Flavors of bitter malt and fruit. Good.
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fullers ESB is a stout brew that has a very good flavor overall. Very smooth, no aftertaste to speak of really. Very likeable beer over all.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 Clear amber with a thick diminishing off white head. Aroma of light bread, caramel, dough and biscuits. Medium watery body with soft carbonation. Flavor filled with bread, biscuits, and caramel, with hints of spice, herbs, and citrus. Good, although a bit overrated.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear reddish-amber, no head really, just a thin layer. Nose is mostly malt, though the hops are definately there. Malt flavors, slightly woody/nutty, finishing bitter. A bit of a weak mouthfeel as it seems a bit watery.