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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Draft. Off-white head atop clear dark amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, strong crystal malt presence, caramel, orange. Light-medium body, low carbonation, low acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11317) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt. Taste is medium malt, caramel/slight chocolate, secondary hops bite. Mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Rolands Red ESB
Date: August 13, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: dark amber, frothy beige head, good lace
Aroma: good sweet carmel malt aroma with nice hops to balance
Flavor: flavor has a low bitterness leading to a nice finish, bigger carmel sweetness than the typical esb but it makes for a great drinking beer

Name: Rolands Red ESB
Date: March 31, 2006
picking up more hops in the aroma

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9948) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Light citric hoppy aroma with light sweet and toasty malts. The flavor is relatively clean and balanced, with light citric hops, light sweet malts, and light toasty notes. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Braudog (5950) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Draft at the brewpub on Coxe. Pours an earthy brown with moderate lacing. Malty and mildly bready. There’s little bitterness in this at all, a seeming trend in supposed "bitters" lately ... drinks more like a Mild ale. Light bodied. (#4296, 10/5/2011)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Copper, decent white head. Bready, "fresh beer" aroma. Nicely mellow, with subtle hints of caramel and toffee, plus just a hint of vanilla. Slightly crisp, peppery finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackl (5343) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Keg @ the brewpub. Medium Amber with a small creamy head. Toffee and toasted nuts. Toasted brown bread. Sweet caramel dipped Apple flavor with a pretty sugary finish. Approaching being cloying. Light bpdy, soft carb. Heavy handed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5340) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Cloudy brown pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of sweet malt, perumy floral hops. Sweet toasted malt, metallic hops, with a decent bitter. Watery with medium carbonation. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5319) - 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.

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