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Flat Branch Extra Special Bitter

Flat Branch Extra Special Bitter
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   ABV: -
A British-style Extra Special Bitter, (also called E.S.B.) full of hop bitterness and aroma. Rich floral and fruity aromas compliment this tank-conditioned ale. Served from a traditional British beer engine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gregwilsonstl (2143) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Moderately bitter but pretty light over all. Not much to this one. Pretty average brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (2119) - Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Cask - big thick creamy head, nice dark copper color, very nice fruity and floral hop aroma and flavor, decent malt backbone - very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2013
Sampled at Flat Branch. Pours a reddish copper color with white head. Malty, sweet, biscuit flavors. Tastes like a homebrew gone bad. Bleh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6763) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Draft at the brewpub. This pours bright red brown with a nice frothy head. Thick lacing remains. A sweet malty nose. This was served just a bit warm which I liked and it added authenticity. Rich malts are tasted first. There are more gentle hops on the side that add fruit and bitterness. Perhaps a bit of grass, too. A nice creamy feel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Huhzubendah (3543) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2012
On draft at the source. The beer is light copper with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma is alarmingly sweet, lacking the biscuit malt character that I find so delectable in this, and other English styles. The flavor is a mess. Too sweet. Unbalanced and out of character for the style. I didn’t finish this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeinDahlem (1456) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2012
Sweet, thick, under-attenuated pale ale that has some nutty depth to it. Would’ve liked some more bitterness and character from the hops, among other things. Had a waft of acetic, vinegar-like sourness that might have meant the dreaded I-word. I was left to wonder whether this place has gone downhill from student days, or if the beer was never really that good. Bummer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Pours red amber - cloudy cask conditioned. Aroma sweet malty...faintly hopped. Flavor is mild and slightly bitter. Caramel and some bread flavors..yeast. earthy. Creamy palate...overall very nice cask esb. Enjoyable and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kartoffeln (40) - Kansas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Deep gold with white thin head. Lacked much aroma, but had decent bitter flavor balanced by a malty sweetness. Well balanced but could use more intense aroma

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (3867) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2011
It poured a reddish color. The aroma was slightly hoppy. The flavor was mostly mild hops and a little malt. Not a bad ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Medium gold amber colored brew topped with a bright white head. The nose is dusty toffee with some bread crust. The taste is fairly sweet with some caramel. There is also pancakes and a weird green wood finish.

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