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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, Rolandís 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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Ancient backlog. Aroma of raspberry, other sweet red fruits, nougat, caramel malt, toffee chips, marzipan, some plum-ish fruits, overall malty, fruity, desserty. Flavor predominantly sweet malty with an edge of tartness; tangy sweet with popping fruit and juicy malt. Very drinkable despite all the sweetness, didnít seem particularly sugary to me. Tasty stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (673) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2011
On tap at the biergarden. Amber with white head. Malty hoppy Aroma. Malty grain flavor with hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2013
From tap. Pours deep amber in color with little head. Aroma was mild with a sweet caramel note. Taste was caramel and bitter op bite. Balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
In terms of palate and appearance this stuff is definitely about par for APC. The hops are about the same consistently citrusy, good, not metallic and icky. What excites me about htis beer more than any of the other APC beers is the really creamy, almost coconutty sweet malts which serve to balance out the bitters. This beer Iwhich I tried at the new brew pub on cox ave. rather than the original APC on Merrimon) is the most complex beer Iíve had from APC and one of the most exciting brews Iíve had out of NC. And best of all the pitchers are only 8 dollars!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Draft at APBC. Copper/red body with a thin white head, good retention. Aroma is caramel malt and mellow PNW and Fuggles hops, slight corn character mingling with the citrus. Flavor is sweet bready malts and sturdy hops, light but forward. Slight acidity and caramel in the well rounded finish. Very creamy palate and incredibly drinkable, this beer should be a contender in any competition. Not too similar to most ESBís Iíve encountered, but very well done and worth the drive here if only to sample this beer.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Draft at brewery. Copper pour - light haze. Malty mineral aroma. Flavor is sweet with caramel malt. Balanced bitterness in the finish that is lightly herbal and earthy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Appearance: Near clear, mahogany-hued body with a slim coating of white suds. Smell: An earthy spiciness yields to sweet-scented caramel-coated toast and a low hint of fruitiness. Taste: A mixture tasting of pale, caramel, and altogether toasty Munich malts. Sweetish in the fore. Nicely timed pop of fruitiness, and spicy, floral, lightly citrusy hops. Lightly bitterness. Fairly drying, but still malty and just a bit sweet at the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Not bad! A decently drinkable ESB rendition.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2012
A dark amber color with a white head. Aroma contains some caramel and dark fruit. Flavor is rather malty with some caramel, cherries, toffee. Aftertaste is a bit sweet. Overall a nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - 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.


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