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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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, toast, and earthy hops. Flavor is malty, toasty, and an earthy bitter hop finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with valpoaj (thanks!). Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted grains, citrus, and some caramel. Tastes of caramel, toasted malts, and ctirus.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/24/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

hazy amber, thin fine cream head, sweet malt aroma with a bit of citrus grapefruit character, nice hop flavor on a sweet carmel malt base, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Deep and amber in color with some nice, khaki-colored lacing and head. Aromas of pungent hops and some caramels. Lots of hops, ranging from soapy to piney, on the tongue. Harsh palate on which the alcohol shows through. Dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2006
From a stubby twist off 12 oz. bottle with a coded freshness date on the bottom rim of bottle. Poured a cloudy golden/orangey hued light brown with a foamy off-white head that settled into a thin sudsy, bubbly lacing. Aromas of caramel and grain, apple fruity, mineral, and floral, leafy hops. Good carbonation and a crisp, dryish, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant tasting, barley, grain and caramel, a buttery apple fruitiness, mineral, softly spicy, leafy herbal hops, more brisk than bitter, and a dryish grainy, caramel finish. A really nice ESB, very quaffable, easily the best thing I’ve had from Empyrean so far, well worth trying if you like British style beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3464) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 On tap at Lazlos in Lincoln, Nebraska. Copper color with a rich white head and good lacing. Big nose of hops and fruits. Good mouthfeel, and dry finish. Solid offering.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kramer (5086) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
12 oz bottle, via BA swid. Pours a clear light copper body under a thin film of white head. Very fine bubbles of visible carbonation. Aroma is very grainy malts with some DMS. No hint of hops to be found, but maybe a little toffee. Flavor is very light with some caramel malts up front fading to a lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin with watery texture and fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was pretty forgetable. Not enough of everything. Mostly just lacking in taste though, not offensive.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Poured a clear dark copper color with a small creamy off-white head. Tons of tangerines with some alcohol fumes. Makes me think something happened. i wouldn’t now how to brew it to smell like that. Malty flavor with earthy hops and a moderately bitter finish. Short finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Pours a very effervescent copper with a lightly-lacing, foamy off-white head. Tart floral lemon fruity aroma has some grainy maltiness. Body starts with some floral earthy notes and a mild dry tartness with some English hoppiness. Somewhat true to style, but unbalanced and somewhat off.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Stinky, off aroma with some bubblegum. Decent red amber in color with no head. Hops and malts clash in disconcordance. Some soap, some apples, some citric bitterness, but quite clashing. Poor.


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