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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemike (2305) - 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 (356) - 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 (6298) - 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 (4053) - 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 (773) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5063) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle at the East Side Bottle Liberation Society tasting. A hazy golden pour with a soapy off white head. An atypical aroma is creamy with fruit. Light flavor of caramel and cream with a bit of fruit. A bit sugary. Atypical all around but still an enjoyable beer to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4698) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2010
12oz bottle. Murky orange-brown color. Thin, patchy off-white head. Pretty standard offering, though the body is a touch watery. Easy drinking, medium bodied. On the maltier side of the equation, very delicately hopped. Somewhat nutty, with some fruity amber malt tones. Smooth and sessionable, but not so noteworthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2010
12 ounce shorty bottle. Interesting name, Luna Sea ESB (a play on Lunacy, perhaps?). Breaking out the ususal basic tumbler for this beer. Pour is a very hazy red to orange, super-cloudy. It doesn’t appear to be condensation on the glass so I will chock this one up to the filtering, of which there doesn’t appear to be any. I’m guessing this could be bottle conditioned as well, though the label didn’t do me the courtesy of a heads up. Small fizzy head that fades pretty quickly. Low to mild levels of carbonation. Aroma is of light grains and gym socks with some honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is more robust than I expected, with an unsweetened black tea finish. The flavor reminds me of honey and biscuits, like I used to have when I was a kid. Some citrus and floral notes are mixed in with the malts. Not bad for an ESB, but I’ve had better.

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