Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
Appearance: Clear copper with 2 finger thick ivory head.
Aroma: Chocolate malt, bread, floral, treacle, umami.
Taste: Medium sweetness and bitterness with low/medium sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, raisin, prune, chocolate malt, bready, treacle, herbal finish.
Comments: Lovely and glass lace. Trappis**d (34) - Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Quaffed this as a draught at Milton Abbas street fair on a fine sunny day,delicious, a lovely clear ruby red colour, rich rewarding raisin fruits, malty, this beer would be perfect with a ploughmans. Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 22, 2005
Cask, the Cockney Pub. Dark amber-red with a solid head. Malty, fruity with notes of nuts and chcolate, dry finish. Medium-full body. Perhaps the best ESB I’ve had!? hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2006
Amber, hazy, clearing slowly. Malty aroma. Taste is sweet, strong and full of caramel and bitterness. Utterly delicious and by far the best Otter beer I have tried so far. Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours light brown and opaque. Aroma of caramel, apple cider, and sweet malt. Excellent mouth feel. Very satisfying flavor. Light hop bitterness.
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
Wet earth, caramel, toffee, chocolate and molasses in the sweet aroma. Clear deep mahogany coloured body is topped by a fine bubbled and lasting, off white head that coats the glass. Strong malt forward flavour evokes toffee, caramel, chocolate with a hint of butterscotch. Light bitterness offsets all that sweetness. Medium body with fair carbonation that is gently effervescent. Cask. I think I had this at The Old Inn in Widecombe on the Moor. faroeviking (11024) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice frothy white head that lasts for a while. Aroma is quite fruity with toasty caramel and bitter hops. Flavour is quite smooth and fresh, with fruity hops, little bit of vanilla, toasty caramel and nice toasty malts. Dry bitter finish. shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a formal beer rating and be in charge of pouring the beers! Of course everything I poured I also got to sample afterward, and this was the first of ten beers on the list. I am huge fan of the premium bitters style and this is a perfect example, quintessentially English. It pours a hazy amber/mahogany, almost rust color and smells fruity and slightly floral, with a faint whiskeyish tinge. Wonderful malt/hop balance and just the right amount of yeast and bitterness, with a nice-mellow finish. I have since bought this beer many times. It is a perfect sit-sown session beer, extremely fresh and thirst-quenching. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Totally fruity and toasty, bready. Melds together very well. Peach in the aroma. Minerally water. I could drink this all day. I love this type of English bitterness. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Hazy deep copper brown body with a light tan head. Marischino cherries and light caramel notes come out at first in the nose. Then you also get some peanuts. Milk chocolate and iced tea are in the flavors. There is also some light hints of orange peel citrus in the finish. A nicely balanced and interesting ESB. More well hopped than many similar beers I have tried.