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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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2810) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Full 12 oz. Bottle, 14 Nov. ’05. As good an ESB as I’ve found, frankly, though I’ve probably not had that many. Golden body rendered a bit cloudy from floating particulates. In a Bitburger glass, it offers a thick, fluffy off-white head that helps concentrate a lot of nice hop flavor, Not sure what distinguishes this from an APA, per haps that there’s a sharp Northwestern hop profile, but it tends more towrd the English side, too; just tasty bitterness over a citrusy subnote. Malts and alcohol are nice and smooth in contrast to the hops. More western in character than, say, a Goose Honker’s Ale. Just great beer drinking pleasure thoughout the glass.<hr>Original rating 3.6, with sampler-sized taste from bottle, 12 Jan ’04. First of several bitters sampled at our homebrew club meeting, so my notes are not copious: Light brown color with thin head. Bitterness is more "straight," like a traditional bitter, with less of a hoppy nose, at least IMHO.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2716) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Tap, brown pour, white head, nose is smooth, caramel, taste is fresh, malty

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"more on the nose and taste than you expect from the style, but not overdone. a nice balance of floral and bittering hops, and just enough malt to keep it honest."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (892) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
330 ml bottle, pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is rich biscuit and caramel malt, toffee, apple citrus zing, very malty but not over sweet. full body, creamy, thick feel, average carbonation, .

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3787) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: Svenska Hamburgerköket, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, citrus, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Hops, citrus, yeast, floral, fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (1838) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
12 oz bottle labelled Belk’s ESB. Pours a copper color with moderate head. Aromas of sweet malts, bread and light orangey fruit. Flavors are similar with additional toffee notes and a long grassy bitter finish

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 3, 2014
A really nice beer. Lovely taste. Would love to try more from Anderson Valley ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (680) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Big hop aroma and bite. Love the flavor paired with pastrami sandwich I had. Color a bit lacking but good flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (836) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2014
Copper color with beige head. Malty fruity citrus aroma. Start is a biscuity malt flavor and some minerals. Followed by a light fruitiness. Herbal finish, I pick up some juniper berries and citrus.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1695) - Arkansas, USA - APR 10, 2014
Pours a very hazy light amber. Aroma is caramel some floral hops. Flavor follows with caramel and slight citrus. Fairly hoppy. Overall nice beer but appearance distracts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2014
Backlog. Tried on tap @ Grand Öl & Mat. Always love an ESB, this is a decent addition to the style, not a favorite.


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