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RATINGS: 952   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Anvil ESB is our interpretation of a traditional British-style pub ale. Deep amber in color, a toasty character from British malts and a touch of kettle caramelization blend seamlessly with a mild English hop profile. Its delicate balance of flavors will keep you coming back pint after pint, making it a complex creation we’re proud to call our flagship beer.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merin (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Aroma was of caramel, resin pine, slight hops. Appearance was a deep copper color. Was expecting the head to be gigantic, going by the alesmith IPA. But was suprised by it being very tiny. The taste was interesting. But kind of dissapointing, in a way. I was expecting something Extra Special Bitter. But was not really bitter at all. Had a slight alcohol presence. Not very fond of that, But an exellent beer, just was expecting something else. Overall great. Definitly will be trying alesmiths other brews.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Karelbeersindral (58) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
Starts with a caramel and sweet notes, followed by a nice bitter aroma, very well balanced and easy going beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ignorant (102) - madrid, SPAIN - AUG 29, 2016
coppery red slightly turbid medium intensity. Regular crown middle bubble and sand color with good permanence leaving as cobweb lace. Aromas of medium intensity roasted malt, caramel and herbal hops. The palate is light-bodied with little input carbonation bitter and sweet to creamy caramel, sweet and fruity rebound step. slightly metallic and fruity, dry hoppy little lasting background. Little complexity, perfect execution style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (387) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Tough one to call... love the style, but this bucks tradition. Pours a clear amber-brown of the style. Aroma is unexpected with caramel bread being slightly overwhelmed by a hoppy funk. Flavor is similar though much better. Again some unwanted hop bitter mingling with an otherwise-delicious sweet malt. Finish is fairly dry and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2016
Sampler at AEON Liquor. Huge caramel, malt-forward nose with bread, raisin toasted nuts. Very malt-forward with some toasted bitterness. Not too sweet, with dry finish. Nice enough for a style I’m not crazy about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (3882) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2016
On tap at Cody’s Irish Pub, Essex Junction, VT. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to toasty amber color with a thin bar pour’s white head that slides away. The aroma has a big English sweet fruity esters with a smooth aromatic earthy malt and some grassy hops coming together nicely. The flavor brings it together, the malty sweetness and the grassy hops. Smooth and swerves into the aftertaste with a quick crisp finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about. Low carbonation. Smooth, almost sticky. Overall, as an ESB, this is a top notch one by style, as it presents very clean flavors. I’d have again with some fish n chips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enteogenisk (158) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle in wine glass. A bold ESB. Never had a beer before with such a straightforward caramel profile. Great experience, but a bit too much to be highly enjoyable imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3123) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2016
From the 650 ml. bottle that was bottled on 07/01/2016. Attractive red amber pour with a long lasting cream colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma seems to bring out a cocoa and caramel character with a cardboard box kind of mustiness. Low to no hop profile. The body is medium to bold. I still get that cocoa sweetness and toasted cracker character in the taste with a mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (1010) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2016

Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, bread and hops.

Turbid/opaque dark orange/brown beer with a slight/medium off-white/beige head.

Starts slightly/medium sweet with malts and caramel; ends slightly dry with bread and hops.

This beer is rather intense and balanced, but lacks complexity. Easy to drink, but that is about anything to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brettsky06 (199) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
Pours a hazy Amber color. Some sweet malty aromas. Taste is caramel, bread and some stone fruit. A very tasty esb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
On tap at brewpub. A clear orange hued amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is caramel, fruits, cherry. Flavor is caramel, toast, cherry. Finish is some citrus, caramel, toast. Lingering cherry and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

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