obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2002
Very malty taste, very rich, crisp, above average body, floral aroma & aftertaste, very well balanced, kept a pretty good head for it being out of the bottle, very good ESB
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2002
Unfiltered hazy copper with suspended flecks. Foamy off white head. Moderate-light carbonation. Roasted and chocolate malt aroma. Crisp medium body, with a good dose of malt flavor. Cocoa and light roasted caramel aspects. Nicely balanced with earthy hops and a very slight fruit edge. Gets maltier and deeper as it sits and warms. Finishes mellower and sharply maltier. Tastes different than previous versions but still very good. ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 21, 2002
well balanced ESB. amber/red color with a bubbly off white head, with a floral hoppy aroma.
taste was bitter but mellow, has a buttery smoothness to it. while hoppy the malt flavors are evident and become more evident in the later sips as the bitter hops fade.
good palate but a touch over carbonated.
Another good beer from this underrated brewery.
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
Very bitter, hop blending wasn’t very well done. Smooth, but bad aftertaste. BillKismet (4057) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2002
This beer was absolutely lovely, though it is hard for me to accept this as a genuine ESB. The hops bitterness was borderline imperceptible. This beer has a pleasant honey-smoothness that makes it incredibly drinkable.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2001
Good stuff! Nice hops, not overpowering the malt. tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2001
A good flavor - but the bottles I’ve had have been WAY over-carbonated. AFter I poured & let it sit in a mug for 15 minutes or so, it was good. Mild bitterness to balance the malt. Don’t know if I got a reject case of CO2-Overkilled bottles or what. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2000
A nicely brewed, mellow ESB.
Sweetish without cloying, and a hint
of hops. Brownish red color.