Franklins Flagship ESB
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
This Extra Special Bitter is a true expression of the brewer's art with a complex malt and hop profile befitting the style. This ale is brewed with six different malts; Hugh Baird Pale Ale Malt, Maris Otter Malt, Thomas Fawcett Caramalt, Pale and Dark Crystal Malts and Weissheimer Munich Malt. It is a well-hopped ale with Magnum, Amarillo, Fuggles, Hersbrucker Haullertau and Saaz Hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1169) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Good enough bitter. Served correctly. Light enough hand with the hops to showcase a nice mix of malts. The complexity does come through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Clean and hoppy nose. Malty, soft and sugary, also somewhat acidic and sharp. Has an odd whiskey burn, though it isn't very strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Sampled on draft and from a firkin - Ligth tan head tops a murky orange brown body. Aroma is sweet nutty roasted malt, not at all what I was expecting for an ESB. More of a brown ale. The flavor is much the same. Hops are subdued. Unlike the previous reviewers I found this beer very dissapointing. Really a brown ale and not an ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Bidy is muddy brown with smallish head. Aroma is moderately sweet and nutty. Taste is roasted nutty and moderately sweet, with hint of raisin. Mid-course, it turns from a nut brown to an ESB as some good grapefruit/floral comes to the fore. Very unusual beer, but very good. The brewer ultimately decided to categorize this one as an ESB, as he couldn't decide where it belongs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2003
This beer rocks! Malty nose. Beautiful, clear mohogany color. The flavor is of caramel malt with a mild, pleasant pungency. Perfectly balanced. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Delicious Bitter!!

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