puboflyons (3500) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Expiration date: 30 Nov 07. Poured redder than I expected, a rather opaque, dark reddish-caramel-brown with a puffy light brown head. Some lacing and quick dissipation. Mild malt aroma with a medium mouth feel. It has a crisp, clean persona. I did not notice a bitter aftertaste. Fullers ESB is better but this one is worth another try at a later time. Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Premium pint. Mild watery malt aroma. Mild malt taste along with a dryish woodiness. It was watery and thin with a too dry finish. I don’t drink beer to experience cotton mouth.
Fullers ESB is a better choice. Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2007
Bottle. Fruity aroma. Caramel, burnt malt and hoppy flavour. Ends bitterish. Rather fresh esb. khytre (73) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2007
Bronzecolour, thin head. Sweet soapy aroma, reminds me of some chewing gum. Pure bitter hoppy flavor, hints of burned malt, short tasting. HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 Draught ale, July 3rd. Copper colour and firm white head. Aroma was not too noticeable but definately malty. The flavours hint at raisins and a slight sweetness. Sits around the medium body mark.
Bottle 568ml, July 5th. The bottle pours a finer coppery colour, although the head was not as firm as the draft (may be my pouring). The aroma is more noticeable - a sweet malt. Again. the flavours hint at raisins and a slight sweetness but this time there was a little plum coming through in the after taste. Left me with a lingering hoppy bitterness, which was pleasant enough.
Well, it could be due to cellar storage or the way the landlord kept his beer lines, but the bottle definately rates higher than the draft. My recorded rating is based on the bottle.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2007
in a can. pours a clear red with a one finger bubbly tan head. aroma is caramel roasted malt with some hops. has a light to medium body with traces of lacing and descent carbonation. flavor is roasted caramel malt with some hops, yeast, and grain. has some earthy notes as well. it is descent i guess. it is a little thin on the palate, but has a little bite from the hops and a dry hop aftertaste. as it warms there is a little apple cider aroma and flavor and is definitely better than the coniston bluebird i just had. RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle from LCBO thanks to a friend. Poured light brown with a decent head. Smell was fairly pleasant. Mouthfeel was medium. A hop dominant beer with a pleasant bitterness on the tongue with dashes of spice everywhere. A bit malty with a dry finish. A nice beer on a hot day. My second and only ESB that I like. piscator34 (2647) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2007
Amber in colour with medium carbonation. Some fruit (plums perhaps) in the nose, with some spicy and grassy hop notes mixed in. A nice blend of pale and crystal malts are evident in the mouth, with more spicy and grassy hops mixed in. Slightly lighter in the body than one would expect, with a nice dry finish. I homebrew a bitter which is quite similar in profile to this, although mine is a bit less estery and has a touch of roasted malt for a bit of complexity. As it stands, this one is pretty good. JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle. Wonderful bright scarlet appearance creates a perfect first impression. Passive aromas of malt, wood, chalk and some cherry fruitiness. Average palate and less flavourful than expected, with some wood and watery chocolate, and a pleasant-but-mild bitter finish. A hot looker with an average personality. DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2007
Clear ruby, creamy off-white head. Slightly soapy, sweetly malty snout with a sniff of barrel. Demerara and liquorice. Gentle, creamy roastiness in the finish. Smooth and slightly woody. Very wishy-washy for the ABV, and a completely different beast to the cask version. Drinks like a mediocre, over-chilled smooth Mild. Inoffensive but very dull indeed.