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Brownings Louis XVI Guillotine ESB

Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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In honor of Louisville’s name sake,Louis the XVI Guillotine ESB is a medium bodied copper colored ale. Each batch uses a different single variety of hops to impart assertive bitterness and a mild aroma. So raise an extra pint of this special ale to Louis’ bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Gold pour with white head and lace. Earthy/perfumey hops and sweet malt aroma. Perfume, sweet malt, and a light bitter finish. A very sweet esb. A bit thin and fizzy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17658) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a long tasting white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel aroma. Fruity malty bitter hoppy flavor Has a fruity malty finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
osu97gp (663) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Pours a hazy copper color with a very large off-white head. Aroma of grass, caramel and some pine hops. Flavor of malts, caramel, and a quite bitter finish. Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ContemplateBeer (1585) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Aroma of citrus hops, grass and light caramel. Appearance is rusty gold with white head. Flavor matches the nose, but pretty watered down. Palate is creamy. More like a Pale Ale, and didn’t remind me of an ESB at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
English malty nose but well balanced. Malty and bitter and full. Super bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Pours a hazy copper with a foamy head. Very slight pine hops aroma. Malt taste is tempered somewhat by the hops. Average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Hazy golden hue with a huge fluffy head and clinging lace in my no-nik pint glass. The aroma has notes of dusty and biscuity malts, some caramel, herbal hops, hint of apple cider and pear, metallic and minerally. The taste has a sharp acidity and moderate hop bitterness before the pale and caramel malt are noticed. Light peppery spice and peat before a metallic finish. The mouth feel is lively (perhaps too much for the style) and a tad thin-bodied. Meh, just very average and also appears to be turning due to the initial high acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2009
22 oz bottle
A decent enough bitter, this was a gift from a friend. I have never been blown away by Browning’s but they do just well enough to hold out promise that eventually they might make a breakthrough. However unlikely that seems they are at least one of the best breweries in Kentucky (for what that is worth). Given the choice between visiting them and visiting Bluegrass I may opt to go downtown.

Aroma / Appearance - The sticky sheet of lacing mixed with a golden mostly transparent body lively with carbonation. Cedar wood shavings, freshly brewed iced tea, and some other light aspects make it easy on the senses.

Flavor / Palate - Oak chips, shavings of medium grade chocolate, and peat moss wash quickly across the tongue seeking refuge in the throat. Lightly hopped it sits gently on the back of the palate before fading. I’m not usually a big fan of ESBs but this makes a nice change of pace from bigger styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Pours a light brown/tan. Distinctt chocolate aroma. Soft English hop bitterness. Really easy drinking. Not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bomber pours a hazy orange amber with a tall beige head. Aroma of ripe pears and bready caramel. Medium body and carbonation. Taste has an earthy bitterness and the fruitiness of the aroma is absent in the taste. Bready caramel malt base. This bottle was a couple months past the "best by" date but is still a nicely drinkable ESB.

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