jmusial99 (27) - USA - FEB 3, 2002
For and extra-special bitter it is not, this beer is more like a lager, sort of reminds me of Fosters with a slightly fuller body. HighlanderOne (1330) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Poured from bottle. Not catching much in aroma. Clear amber, head persists. Mostly caramel in flavor, fresh feel, drinkable. OK finish. Not bad but loses points for lack of bitterness. Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
This beer is much better in my opinion than their IPA. This has allot of flavor and is fresh and enjoyable. Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
A good ale with a nice bitter taste, as the name suggests. Not too pricey, it’s a good warm you up in the wintertime beer. Diablokev (180) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Hmmm... This one disapointed me big time. The aroma is very light, faintly yeasty a bit soapy. The appearance is a clear copper with a thin bubbly head, decent lace. The flavor is where I really lost it with this one ESB the label says Extra Bitter Ale?? is this right??? There is not bitterness at all to the beer I sampled, maybe I got a bad one. The flavor is light and watery (much like an American Standard). The beer is smooth but watery... Over all a BIG disapointment.
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2003
As reported by others, my label names it the ESB "Rich Amber Ale", though it is a bit light in color. I wasn't too thrilled by this but I wasn't repulsed either. To me, the biggest surprise was an aroma that suggested a bit of fruit and a bit of butter. The flavor had some bitterness building but also some nasty harshness. By the end of the bottle it was seriously compromised in my eyes. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Amber color, malts in the nose. Faint hops in this "ESB". Where's the "B"? Drinkable though. BeermanLayton (33) - Rohnert Park, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
I don't really like ales, but this ones fairly tolerable. After-taste is like most other ales. jgb9348 (6257) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Slightly hazy orange colour with a slight amber tint. 1 centimetre tall off-white head comprised of small bubbles. Very nice perfumey and slightly subtle american and english hop aroma with a prominent malt backbone and a slight sweet smell. Medium-bodied; Tastes of hops and malt are both present and make up most of the taste. Aftertaste a bit sweet and show a very slight residual hop flavour. Overall, this is not good for the style and really isn't worth trying even though it's available everywhere! I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia and sampled it on 11-September-2003.