jefcon (1849) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Copper and very dark in the glass. Aromas of roast and spices and light hops. The tastes are complex and hold you attention. A little aromatic spices, and a little floral taste. This ESB is not really bitter, though, and the coloring defies the catgory, too. Still, an interesting brew. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2004
A nice dark amber look with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly. Not too hoppy, not too malty. My only problem with this brew is that it had an odd, earthy after taste that I had to was away with another ale. BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
A VERY fine Olde English Pale Ale. I really enjoyed the heck out of this. It has a nice, earthy flavor to it which is quite awesome. Lovely, just lovely. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours a deep brown color. Smells a little hoppy with a real spicy/sweet pepperish bite. A little bit of roasted malt at the finish. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours deep amber with a nice white head...smells malty and peppery...tastes hoppy at first then a little sweetness...a good mild pale!
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Tastes great, but little else going on. That is, too fizzy, looks crap, etc. Nevertheless it’s good where it counts at least - a fine tasting beer. slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
This beer had a nice amber color with a medium sized head that disappeared fairly quickly. The mouthfeel was pretty good, as it felt very full in my mouth. I thought the taste was nice and balanced with a good full malty flavor. It’s not a striking beer, but it’s definitely not bad. davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Amber brown color w/ a light head, not too bad of a beer, a little bitter, and has a slight nutty flavor. bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
good balancing of hops, pours a redish-brown hue, nice aroma & slight nutty flavor.... a good beer. badgerben (5177) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Original Rating, July 25, 2004:Pours an amber color with not much head. More malt in the aroma than I would have predicted. Interesting grain and cereal taste to me, kind of like raw barley. Good balance with hops. It looses a few points on Overall for being in a clear bottle. Mine had just the first hints of turning skunky. The beer is great, but since if you buy this it’ll be in a clear bottle, skunk is something you are likely going to get at some point. 7/4/8/4/14 Re-rating, February 7, 2008: Finally got around to trying this one, and from a brown bottle! Copper color with a medium head. Strong biscuty and toasted malt aroma. Much the same flavor. Some caramel malt to round it out. Earthy hop finish. Lowered the flavor one, but upped the overall.