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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Bright copper color, sparkling clarity, and good foam retention when properly served. Appealing Brussels lace. Deep toasty/caramelly malt balanced by spicy/fruity hop flavors accented by fruit esters resulting from fermentation with a championship yeast strain. The aroma is subtle and reflects the flavor with malt, hop and fruit (ester)/fermentation characteristics. Smooth, medium-bodied. Easy drinking with no harsh or astringent sensations.


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4.5
   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zenkis (614) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 22, 2015
Super intense, barley winey aroma- caramel, berries, maltiness- wow. Pours casual in the glass- bubbly, spongey, thick, finger wide top. Taste- medium sweet, light bitterness; smooth, soft palate. Very drinkable and pleasant; only alarm was untypical strong malt bill versus light hops presence in flavor. Medium bodied

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vells (773) - Riga, LATVIA - JAN 11, 2015
Malty background, caramel, some light fruitiness, bit hops. Quite light medium bodied, but well balanced. Promising nose, but taste makes question myself - why I didnt just grab a barley wine. Decent, but nothing to remember.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sjohnh (287) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
Chestnut brown with a foamy white head. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass. Medium body and low carb. Does a good job of being an English ale - could imagine this as a pint of bitter in a quiet country pub - except that the flavours are pumped up with dark malts, burnt caramel and earthy hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirRaf (23) - - JAN 3, 2015
Good looking beer has a beautiful amber color and pours with a thick creamy head. It has a mild aroma. It has a really nice smokey malt flavor and is easy to swallow.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (3880) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
Poured clear medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of bitter hops, caramel malt and some nuts. Medium body, flavour pretty much as the aroma. Nice and simple, but well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (128) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Goût de caramel, baies sauvages et de houblons floraux. Très gouteuse et rafraichissante. Beaucoup mieux que bien des ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wvhoran (379) - Tasmania, - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Bright red-amber with a tan head. The aroma is toasty, caramel, citrus fruits (hops). The flavour is lightly sweet, with toffee, orange and lemon. Faint but persisting bitterness. Well made.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper pour with a white head. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, and slight nuttiness. Flavor is similar with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable. Great example of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (112) - Los Gatos, California, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a crystal clear dark copper/amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is malty and yeasty with a touch of candied dark fruit. Taste is nutty, toasty malt with a mild roasty bitterness at the end. The grassy hops flavor builds on the tongue as you drink but is minimal. Well balanced. Good carbonation. Love the 5.5 ABV. Rich, but not too rich.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Herbal, aged toffee, and salted cashew aroma. Flavors of toasted caramel, biscuits, ripe cherries, candied fruits, with a slight bitter finish. Easy drinking and a wonderful example of the style.


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