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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


EdInSaltLake's rating

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2013 8/30/13: Caramel malt aroma; subtle herbal hops. Caramel malt, sweet, bread crust malt flavor. Herbal/spicy. Cherry-ish fruit. Crystal malt flavor is strong in finish/aftertaste. Also a moderate bittter aftertaste.

Sweet/light caramel, with some subtle biscuit. Floral/herbal character--which smells better than it tastes. Flavor has a little alcohol. Weird bitter aftertaste.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melkart (431) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 12, 2016
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2016
nice 1" white head recedes slowly leaving nice lacing atop a slightly hazy.. dark yellow/amber brew. Aroma is bready malts and spicy hops... nothing over the top.. just balanced by a pronounced yeasty ester profile. Flavor is more of the same with a slight buttery slickness (not distracting, just there)... biscuity flavors... toasted grains and more English hops. Big boned for sure.. but not overdone. Body is smack dab medium with low/medium carbonation. For such a large West Coast ESB, I always expect a quite a bit more hoppiness out of this one... If you’re using English hops, then let me taste them! That being said, the above negatives are only suggestions... this beer is very drinkable with a great body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (1032) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2016
(bottle) Still labeled as Belk’s ESB, with no bottle date, hard to know how old this is. Pours a hazy orange complexion with lasting head and glass lacing. Aroma of dough and malt. The flavor follows the traditional British style with an understated hop note.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopmaestro (1146) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma is malty and floral. Taste is solid but one dimensional, malts with citrus tones and a gentle hop character. Medium bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidezdonz (228) - , HONG KONG - AUG 21, 2015
A 12 fl oz bottle with no visible best by or bottled date and poured into a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy orangey copper colour with a one finger off white head that dissipates within a minute leaving some stringy lacing. Aromas were a bit weak but what little I do get is caramel malts, some fruitiness like plum, pear, apple sauce and orange plus hints of mineral notes. Taste is more pronounced with strong caramel sweetness beginning and citrus grapefruit bitterness finish with hints of pine, grass and pepper in between. Medium bodied with low carbonation and dry finish. This was decent but nothing special. I think I may prefer it more if it had a little less of the caramel sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2015
12oz bottle. Poured a light orange color with a small white head. Aroma was some light caramel malts, light toasted notes, with a touch of sweet malts. Light fruity notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
David_87 (123) - - MAR 28, 2015
Pours hazy and kind of light for an style that usually holds alot of caramel malts. Aroma is in the style but amped up slightly. Lovely. Taste resembles the Fuller but with some tones raised, the right tones for my palate! Love it! The ABV is insanely well masked. Bottle from SB

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (2040) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 11, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from old town. Pours a light copper color with a modest white head. Strong citrus aroma with a hint of malt. Grapefruit, orange and pine stand out on the palate. Fairly well-balanced. Nice bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle from Craft. Some nice bitter notes, hops, grapefruit and cracker. Bitter finish as expected. Body was too thin, but not bad overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Tap, brown pour, white head, nose is smooth, caramel, taste is fresh, malty


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