1.Ethanol has a pleasant smell whereas ethanoic acid has the smell of vinegar.
2.Ethanol has a burning taste where as ehthanoic acid has a sour taste.
3.Ethanol has no action on litmus paper whereas ethanoic acid turns blue litmus paper into red.
4..Ethanol has no reaction with sodium Hydrogencarbonate but Ethanoic Acid gives brisk Effervescence with Sodium Hydrogencarbonate