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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Our brewer’s pride and joy, that’s why we call it “Extra Special.” Big, sweet, caramel and biscuit flavors are delicately balanced with crisp, cedary, Noble hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3438) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, short lived, white head, over a hazy, amber (SRM 8) body....nose is light toffee/caramel, light cereal, light toast....taste is cereal (Grapenuts), light toffee/caramel, light bitter finish....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. This is a fairly typical ESB, not complex, just pleasant. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Poured a honey amber color with light head and some lacing and carbonation bubbles. Smells of grass. Can taste subtle hints of the biscuit but is too bitter for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
[Tap] Part of a sampler at Lazlo’s in Omaha. Dirty blonde pour with nice lacing. Crisp hops and grass dominate the nose. Actually one of the better smelling beers I had here. The taste is of hops, astringent grains and some odd sour notes. Low carbonation levels. A pretty pedestrian beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Orange and light brown with little head and a little haze. Not much aroma, a bit of orange. Flavor is slightly malth and a little sour, but is lacking much of anything else. Eventually there is a minor bitterness

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlashParker (85) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
Draft @ Lazlo’s, Lincoln, Nebraska. I don’t know if there’s anything special about this, but it is a solid brew. Really nice red pour. Big head. Not a tone of things coming out of the aroma - very mild. Taste is another story; excellent caramel, malt and biscuit character here. A SLIGHT hop kick to it. I dig the floral notes on the backend. Really solid beer and a nice surprise!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Aroma of powder coca, cherries, salted nuts, and earthy mineral. Flavors of toasted bread, earth, vanilla, and raisins. Spiced, roasted finish. Nicely balanced. Has an "old ale" feel that I enjoy. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle:   This is one musty ESB, very barnish and basement like.   Huge frothy head, white, nice lacing.   Guessing that because of the hugeness of the head, this one may have gone off the deep end.   Muted biscuit and caramel flavors, a little tart even, spritzy.   This is bizarre, its not your average ESB, course, it could be an older bottle.   Semi-sweet, tart, with lots of bubbles on the tongue.   Doesn’t smell off, taste off, but guessing this is not what was intended as this is not like any other ESB I have had.   I am really enjoying it tho, in its quasi ESB/Farmhouse/Saison sorta way.   Does have a fruity floral backside to it.   Very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (5839) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Decent maltiness and hop balance, relatively subdued and slightly watery, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Sampled at the Black Hills Beer Fest. Nutty caramel flavor. I would definitely drink this one again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2010
Poured a medium amber colour with a minimal, soapy head. Not much aroma to speak of but a nicely balanced, subtlely malty brew overall. My first sampling of Empyrean’s beers but not my last.

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