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The Brew Kettle Extra Bitter Special Bitter

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Extra Bitter Special Bitter. With loads of Pacific Northwest hops.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Tap. Poured clear dark amber color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a smoot texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5826) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good for the style; a mostly transparent burnt golden orange with foamy eggshell head. Smells mildly sweet and hoppy with soft notes of caramel. Tastes like it smells, but with mildly juicy fruit notes that are more forward than the caramel. Nice and smooth on the palate. A solid ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6943) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Mostly clear orange color. Thin off-white head, leaves good, thicker lace. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Lightly slick finish. Nice moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Some caramel malt, toasty english hop, light spicy. Some floral hop, little citrus. Solid session ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle purchased at TBK. Clear amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and dank floral hops. Malty and caramelly flavor with some floral hops before a sweet finish. Not bad. A little cleaner than you’d expect from the style.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a nice one inch frothy beige head that had really nice retention and left some sticky lacing. The nose is dry and toasty malt with just a light floral bitterness. The flavor is much the same, toasted and biscuity malt with a pretty good bit of floral leafy bitterness. The bitterness is pretty surprising given the fairly low hop aroma. Very dry maltiness with just a touch of huskiness. Light to medium bodied with a little bit of a clingy feel on the finish and moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall pretty decent. Glad to have this as a fresh bottle from the brewery, cause I could see this fading pretty quick. Enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2009
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of English malts, caramel, and a hint of tea. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of English malts, hops, slight hops, and a hint of tea. Medium body. Smooth, dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Caramel, malt, and slight hop finish is dry.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Courtesy of Poonpillager. Pours copper with thin off white to tan head. The aroma is sweet and a bit odd too. The oddness seems to be cedar resin moving toward sap and going along with sweet malts. The taste is a bit sweet and malty to start becoming somewhat bitter with a big hoppy spiciness that moves into the cedar resin woody grassiness noticed in the nose. Interesting brew. Did crizay have his hand in the making of this?

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Gillard I think. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger off-white head. Aroma of pale malt, earthy hops, and tea. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005
As a side note, my bottle looked different than in the picture illustrated here (had an English looking fellow running). Anyhow, purchased 2/04 at the brew kettle (22 oz. bottle). Poured an amber/copper color with a lite off white head that lingered. Very clear and drinkable looking. The aroma was lite and what I would expect if I were brewing an ESB. Some downplayed sweet malt, lite pine and/or citrus peal hops. A bit metallic and crisp. The flavor was very lite (almost watery at first) with a slight metallic twinge (but in a good way if you can imagine it). However, this gives way to a lite and well balanced pine bitterness with mild malt caramel. I very much enjoyed this brew. I would call this a good example of an ESB and what I would brew on a regular basis as a session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
22 oz bottle: Medium amber w/ orangy highlights. Lasting medium sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malt, very little herbal hop, and some English yeasty esters. Hints of caramel as it warms. Well balanced, but not bitter at all. Toasted malt and caramel flavors, very little herbal hop, w/ a light green apple fruitiness. Finish is on the semi sweet side, aftertaste is lightly hop and toasty malt flavored. Lighter body, but not watery, medium carbonation. Lightly dry m/f. Overall a very drinkable session beer. A good quaffer, but nothing fantastic.


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