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Asheville Rolands ESB
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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A beautifully colored amber ale, Roland’s is loyal to the line of Extra Special Bitters from which it takes its pedigree. The effervescent head releases the spicy aroma and flavor of Cascade hops that accompany the the big malty sweetness of Crystal malt and Roasted barley. The result is a complex medium-bodied beer with a champion flavor reminiscent of cinnamon and caramel. This is a stud of a brew perfect for sharing one or two or three or four with old friends.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Serving: Draft. Appearance: Hazy, deep amber with a froathy, white head. Left great lacing. Aroma: Very light nose that on first inspection makes me think this is dry hopped. A little earthy grass note along with light caramel and cracker notes from the malt. Taste: Caramel, bready, some earthiness, and a mild hop bitterness that is a little floral and grassy. Nothing truly amazing here. Palate: Medium-low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Short finish. Overall: Okay, but not all that memorable. Rebuy: Nah.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Pours a deep copper color with an off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, crystal malts, biscuit, and grassy floral hops. Flavor is strong crystal malts, toast, some biscuit, and bitter grassy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2625) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2009
from a tap sampler at the coxe ave location: copper pour with thin white head. aroma of bread caramel and hops. toasty toffee and vanilla taste. swear I tasted some cinnamon in there. pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Draft at the downtown location. Another pretty tasty but not particularly memorable brew. At least these styles go well with pizza, as compared to something huge that would overwhelm.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Grainy, caramel aroma with moderate citrus hops. More of the same in flavor, bready, slightly nutty, mild sweetness, caramel and a fairly bitter backbone and finish. Med mouthfeel, nice carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Pours a light caramel brown color with a small head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty with an odd citrus note and faint hops in the background. Taste is sweet malts and faint leafy hops. Thin bodied.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Butters (3748) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Hazy dark amber pour with HUGE ’frog eye’ off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Grainy, malty, and cascade flavor. Wasn’t a real big fan of this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
This ESB pours a medium copper color from the tap at the brewpub. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is bready and malty, touch of hops. A medium bodied ESB. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are earthy and floral, but kind of subdued. Could use a little more bitterness. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Not bad, not exemplary but a very drinkable bitter. Detectable bitterness throughout, could have used a bit more maltiness, but decent. A great beer with the pizza.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Sampled at ABC.Poured an amber color with a hop aroma. Flavor was hop bitterness with some cereal. Finish was crisp and bitter.


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