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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This ESB is a classic British extra special bitter made fresh with an American slant. A beautiful copper color with an amber head, classic style features six different malts, including imported Belgian malts, and three hop varieties. The rich malty start features caramel notes that develop into a smooth, pleasurable hop finish. Draft only as of September 2012.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2003 The beer is a bit of a coppery color. Somewhat of a head, but little retention. Slightly citric/hop aroma. A bit of maltiness to the taste. Tasty, but lacking the stronger hop characteristics of a true ESB. There are better ones are definitely out there.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kublai3 (175) - Staten Island, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2001

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2001
Decent at best. Maybe I am too accustomed to the American Hopped ESB’s? Burnt cinnamon toast aroma and very sweet flavors of caramel. I agree with Aubrey, this is a little too sweet and wouldn’t want more than one. Thanks to Aubrey in sending me this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2001
i was expecting to hate this beer because i am nowhere near hop-head status. i was pleasantly surprised. granted, if the beer is supposed to be quite bitter then it would be a disappointment. dark golden--almost reddish, in color. creamily frothed head, sort of a vanilla/apple aroma and flavor. only a slight bitter aftertaste. i quite liked this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2001
Not really bitter enough to be called a bitter. Some bitter, some hops, but not much character really. Really quite thin in texture. A disappointment.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimmylib (169) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2001

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 30, 2001
Amber with a short persistent head and hoppy aroma. Bitterness is not overwhelming, allowing the hop flavoring and subtly roasted flavor to make their way through. Slightly dry finish. Not a favorite style of mine, but a pleasant drinking experience nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 30, 2001
Dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma has a fruity hop bitterness to it. The hoppy nature is only present in the first few sips though, then it mellows quite considerably. A lighty nutty and bitter, with yeasty undertones, a very nice ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dead Rex99 (19) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2001
One of the better ESB’s this side of the pond.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2001
An exceptionally well balanced ESB, with good malt sweetness paired with a background of bitterness. There’s also a nice hint of hop aroma. Maybe a bit lacking on body for an ESB but other very good.


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