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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A full body, ambrosial maltiness, and an arousing hoppy bite. This beer is not for the light beer drinker or those desiring no aftertaste.
Note: Formerly known as Belk's ESB.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1287) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
Pours a hazy copper with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light vanilla, bourbon and grassy hops. Taste is carnage, vanilla, grass and citrus and a nice easy bitterness throughout with the sweet malt flavors dominating. Delicious esb.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (794) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Hazy copper pour. Aroma is toffee, grapefruit. Flavour has stone cracker malts with bitter grapefruit rind and a slight herbal note. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6703) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap at Anderson Valley, pours a hazy copper orange with a small white head. Aroma is very subtle, with light notes of vanilla, bourbon, and English hops. Flavour is unusual, bringing out loads of wood, vanilla, English malt, and English hops in back. Dont think Ive ever had a barrel aged ESB, but this execution is done very well, despite the seemingly odd should of styles to barrel age. Everything is in balance and harmony. Good stuff, just not really my thing.
Earlier Rating: 6/30/2010 Total Score: 3.5
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy golden with a white head. Great aroma of hops, caramel malt and some fruit. Flavour is somewhat muted - caramel, some hops, wheat and herbs. Very nice.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle date: nunya! Pours an amber with a finger of light cream foam. This falls in a couple minutes to a beer with moderate lace. Smells of malts (english tone) with a bit of a hit of bitter, burnt caramel. This is the nose I generally look for in an ESB, but this is a little too subdued. Flavor is of malts and a weird, over powering flavor I place akin to sushi wrap (seaweed). Really this flavor is overpowering anything else I am tasting, unfortunately. The body is a bit thin with high carb and a semi dry finish. Im a bit disappointed by this and would not likely order again on my own buck. Serving type: bottle 03-06-2012

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatDane1632 (412) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Notes from 12-28-2010 -- Golden with little to no head. Sweet lightly malty with some citrusy hops in the aroma. Tastes sweet with strong citrusy hops at the end. Very drinkable, a little too strong hop flavor

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2938) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). Bottle from FondueVoodoo, thanks! Hazy amber with a small off-white head that leaves a persistent ring of foam. Aroma is of malt/caramel with hoppy notes, sweetness, floral notes and citrus. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet along with floral notes, citrus and light bitterness in the finish. Some herbal presence too. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. A tad too much caramel, but not a bad ESB.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nazzty (921) - dkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2013
Good ground and fine malt body with sleek, bitter and long finish. Tastes and smells quality from the first sip to the last.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
shrubber85 (7739) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Metallic lemon and barley malt aroma. Hazy amber with moderate head. Cardboard, light barley malt, and moderately bitter herbal and metallic flavor. Mediocre.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aletcm (136) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 16, 2013
Boa cerveja. Laranja escura com Bia formação de espuma. Aroma cítrico com o fundo de malte. Sabor cítrico, com dulçor do malte balanceado e amargor evidente sem ser agressivo. Refrescante. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HoppyBudgie (756) - SOLA, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2013
Golden with off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, herbal and floar hops. Taste of weka roasted malts, toffee and hints of hops.


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