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RATINGS: 950   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Concealer's rating

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (1149) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear amber with a frothy tan head. Smells of grain, caramel, malt, and citrus. Flavors of caramel, light chocolate, citrus, pine and a slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied. Smooth.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (349) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (2278) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (3632) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enteogenisk (146) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3064) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (871) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brettsky06 (148) - 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

3
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (1116) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2016
Dark amber pour with large off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, fruits, hops and pine. Taste of caramel malts, slightly fruity, pine, grapefruit and hops. Medium bodied, higher carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced. An amazing example of this beer style!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2912) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle, bottled 01.30 (from beergium). Pours amber-copper with beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, caramel, fruits, citrus, floral notes. Flavor is sweet and bitter, caramel, fruits, malt, citrus, toffee, slight alcohol. Finish is toffee bitter. Body is bit watery, carbonation is on the high side. Overall: good, but would like to try fresher version.


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