badgerben (5380) - 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. MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Pours a clear amber with a tiny off white head. Aroma is slightly sweet malt but very mild. Flavor is an excellent balance of malt and hops. Not the least bit bitter, but the floral aftertaste is there. Very earthy and tasty. I like it. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2004
Well the colour is no mystery. It just sits there in the bottle and says ’pale ale’ to you. When poured the head is creamy and firm. The nose is quite subtle with the hint of English noble hop and sweet maltiness with a touch of diacetyl. The flavour backs this up and it settles well on the palate, certainly suggesting that it would be a fine session beer. I feel that as I go through my SS selection that I will be consistently pleased. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured with a medium amber color with a large off-white head. Malty, grassy and butterscoth smells. Sweet malty tasting with a light bitter finish. It was hard to objectively rate this one as it was ’the staple import’ beer for me when I was a teenager. Seeing my score now vs. scores of other beers I’ve tried, I have to asked why I thought this beer was the best years ago... egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Poured a light orange red color with a small off white head, some lacing. Malty and fruity, apples, light sweetness in the aroma. Caramel malt, light citrus hops, a little bit of nuts in the taste as well.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2004
a good esb. very drinkable. a good amount of malt. extremely smooth going down DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 4, 2004
(18.7 oz bottle) The flavorful malt is woody, fairly dry, modestly fruity and a bit toasty in the finish; A mild bitterness balances the malt to some degree, but this is mostly a malt driven beer; Gentle nose is mildly fruity with some faint maltiness; Medium bodied with a dry and fairly carbonated mouthfeel; Ruddy brown in color; Off-white head is fairly large on the pour but not out of control and settles to a thin layer within a few minutes SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Bottle. Pours nice clear amber color with a large off-white head that diminished slowly and left some lacing. Aroma is malty and a little bready with a mild dandelion bouquet (sort of pungent-bitter). Flavor is decent toasted malts with a nice hop finish, but there’s a metallic flavor that kind of mucks it all up for me. Medium to light body and pleasant carbonation. cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUL 2, 2004
When I opened the bottle there was a slight skunk smell. Not the way to start a beer! It had a very nice amber coloring and slight lacing on the galss, but not much in the way of a head. The flavor was a very light nut flavor, albeit a watered down nut flavor. Not the best in the line, I think I’ll stick to the Imperial stout. hershiser2 (3834) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Nice amber brown color, with a small head. Smell is slightly malty and nutty, as is the taste. Kind of coppery, but not bad. Not the greatest offering from SS, but it’s not bad by any means.