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RATINGS: 852   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (875) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Aroma is biscuits, nut, and grass/pine hops. Flavor starts deep and malty, with caramel, toffee, and raisins. Grassy hop bitterness and a little orange in a smooth finish. I love the ESB style, and this does it proud.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1937) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
On tap at their tasting room. Pours a copper brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is nutty and caramel. Flavor follows with smooth caramel. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spittle8 (114) - - OCT 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Strong head, deep amber, maybe brown. Powerful malty aroma. Very sweet beer. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1433) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: intense bread and grain malts, some caramel. Appearance: clear, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: very malty, some hay and straw, grains and cereals otherwise. Overall: very nice ESB, great aroma. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2092) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Draft at the growler NYC. Pours a dark butterscotch looking color with a thick head that fades. Taste is easy drinking malty and nutty. Would love to try on cask

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"as seems to be the case far too often, Alesmith’s flagship is also their most ordinary beer. That said, it’s one of the better bitters I’ve had. Pours beautifully...a bottle conditioning induced two finger thick fluffy head on a light amber body. the aroma starts out, as does the taste (dare I say) a little too bitter for a bitter, but blossoms very nicely into an extremely well balanced, tasty brew. It gets quite good and complex as it warms. Slight fruit notes and malt sweetness with a little more hops than English versions. Bottle conditioned, so the feel is tighter carbonation and smooth. Well done

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1260) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
640mL bottled 04/06/14 Nice looking clear reddish amber body, holds a small off-white head. Modest aroma, subtle but there’s plenty going on; nutty, biscuity malts, toffee, plummy undertones, with earthy, spicy, dried herbal hops. Full body to it, lifted carbonation, persistent on the palate. Solid hit of tasty toasty nuts & biscuity malt upfront on palate, some burnt toffee sweetness leading into leafy hops & plummy/dark fruit esters. Reasonably high bitterness on lingering, smooth finish. Very well made ESB, Ticks all boxes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1399) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Tap at peaks restaurant Palm Springs tramway. Served way too cold. Nose is plum and breakfast tea. Flavours are plum, tea, some earthy bitterness. Tastes med/light bitter light sweet. Light/medium body with lively carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cool_Bond (1531) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
Toffee, dark fruit and some sweetness in the aroma. Malty but still not as bitter as I thought of the taste. Thought it would be harder but I liked it. Okay bitterness which fills the upper part of the mouth of a weak moment. But anyway, I liked this beer as it had not been so heavy bitterness. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (856) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Pours amber brown with an off white head. Malt, grain, caramel, biscuit and earthy hop aroma. Caramel, malt, biscuit, grain, toffee earthy hop and light fruit flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Slightly sweet with a biscuit and caramel finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1578) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
August 28, 2914. Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a dense tan head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, berries, floral. Taste is light to medium sweet, crisp malty and nutty, light bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.


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