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RATINGS: 595   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Pours a nice clear amber color, the head is creamy, long lasting, beige and the lace quite generous. Nose is clean and crisp, light hints of citrus, malt and just a tad buttery. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish has a generous hop presence, lightly acidic, dry, and quite pleasureable as it’s a ’Cozy’ 112 degrees Fahrenheit or 44.4 Celsius. Ranks #465 on my current 1000 beer list.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Good ESB. Went down quick. I had it with a piece of filet mignon good combo. The ESB has a nice clean bitter taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2002
A very nice blend of malt and hops in this new, favorite beer of mine. A very sweet, malty, initial taste is followed by a blast of hoppiness mixed with a delicious blast of smooth, creamy butterscotch. I LOVE THIS BEER!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2002
This beer poured a slightly couldy golden color with very small bits of sediment present. It formed a huge, nice white head that left some nice lace. An aroma of malt, hop and caramel. The flavor was of malt and caramel with a slight hint of hops. A medium body finish that had elements of the caramel. A good beer, it a tad sweet for my ESB tastes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2002
The nose is all soft and Englishy, and I love it. The malts are quite bitter, not at all doughy, yeast is subtle, and a fair dose of hops does make this a bit ’arousing’ as in the commercial description. Clear as a bell. No real heft or creaminess to the body. Lasting frothy head. Quite good, but not quite great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 27, 2002
Spoke loudly of sweet malts the first couple drinks and seemed mysterious, but as time went on the ’Extra Special Bitter’ kicked in and turned this beer into a killer brew with a nice bitterness that stays a long time. A Great ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2002
A pretty good ESB - color was too light for sytle- very light golden. Nice floral hop aroma & good flavor and balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 25, 2002
this is a good esb!!-nice orange color, strong hop bitterness all the way through with some malt presence in the middle-very bitter aftertaste, but pleasant.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2002
Not a lot of hop aroma. Decnet bitterness and finish in the body. A good ESB, but not outstanding.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunny99 (6) - USA - JUN 12, 2002 does not count
interesting aroma almost hints of apple and citrus. nice hoppiness little caramel malt. nice esb.


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