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RATINGS: 843   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 20, 2010
The aroma immediately reminded me of the milk caramels my mom makes around the holidays. Darkish malt backbone, dried fruit flavors and moderate, resinous hoppiness with little actual bitterness - more like a tangy, dry quality than bitter - malt and hops are extremely well balanced. Almost seems to me like some rye is in here given some of the flavors, though I highly doubt it. This beautiful redhead is of the most flavorful, complex beers under 6% I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1389) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (1082) - Koper, SLOVENIA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle, 0.65l, shared with Hoppiness crew. Clear copper color with large fluffy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, resin and herbal hops. Taste starts moderate sweet caramelly, follows by dried fruity esters, slight bready sourness and hoppy finish. Medium body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. It feels better than English ESB brews...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yiannnos (867) - , CYPRUS - SEP 5, 2014
Amber colour. Bready, malty aroma. Malty taste, caramel, some fruity hops, nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2543) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose is sweet, taste is caramel, very nice English style bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Tap at the source. Clear chestnut color. Aroma of caramel and light summer fruit. Taste is bittersweet, but a bit unbalanced. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
g_georgiou (230) - CYPRUS - AUG 14, 2014
Clear amber body with a thin tan head. Aroma is bread, some flowery fresh hops, caramel, citrus, spice. Taste is light, watery, not too sweet not too bitter. I give it a low score for taste since I think it doesn’t really taste like a bitter should but overall I personally really liked this beer. Very refreshing and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravenwater (7) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2014 does not count
Would have rated higher but bought this then noticed it was 9 months old so stale. Disappointing that a local outlet selling basically ’expired’ beer in same town where brewed (San Diego). Very much on target for the style - lots of bready, caramelly, goodness, medium fruity esters, malt dominating. Am guessing would have had more hops flavor & aroma if fresher. A respectable, tasty brew evident despite oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1029) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours a hazy burnished copper, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts well and leaves very good lacing. Nutty, savoury malt is the main component of the aroma, with fruity, spicy hops in the mix as well. Surprisingly strong spice and citrus hops up front develop into a lemon flavour. Nutty malt and fruitcake in the mid-palate give way to fruity and mild floral hops in the finish. A pretty decent ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (547) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2014
Color caoba con espuma marfil. Aroma floral, canela, y tofe. Cuerpo ligero, sabor fresco, canela y herbal con final de amargor moderado y seco. Bien.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (3798) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
650 ml. bottle sampled @ Barley Legal Tasting Room. Thanks! Kraddel. Faint reddish chestnut wood brown, med. tanned head. Smells watery, lightly oxidized, feels old (there is no date on the bottle), nuts, old pine resin hops, herbal hops. Watery taste, oxidation, nutty, old resin hops, mild herbal hop bitterness in the back, chestnuts, old furniture, dried flowers,… I feel like I keep getting old bottles by this brewery but they are never dated so the brewery must think that they are still good to drink. Either way, I do not get at all the high scores that this brewery gets.

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