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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13314) - 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 (10644) - 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!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Nitro pour at the brew pub. Came to the table a hazy, slightly translucent, orangey brown with zero head. Malty aroma, crackers and biscuit with some slight citrus hops lurking. Flavor was well balanced, sweet malts, sort of that chewy, bready, grainy flavor profile with citrus hops, oranges and lemons, coming in on the end. Crisp finish with some lasting bitterness. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 10/28/2006 Total Score: 3.7
This beer looks phenomenal. Murky brown with an orange tint to it with a off white frothy, creamy head. Malty aroma with a hint of hops. Malty flavor, only slightly roasted but bitter at the start and finish. Full bodied and sweet as well. I really liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
On nitro: Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a well-lacing frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malt and fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and rich malty sweetness balanced with a pretty assertive grapefruity hoppiness for the style before a crisp bittersweet finish. A nice and very drinkable ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 On tap at the brewpub. cloudy dark amber with hop aroma. good esb - finish is bitter on sides of tongue. good palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Cask and force-carbonated tap at the brewpub. Red-brown colored. Light malt and english hops in the aroma, with a powerful honey sweetness in the cask version. The flavor is clean and relatively dry caramel malt with a firm hoppy bitterness. The cask version has a sweet honey component adding to this, along with a more grassy aromatic hop character. medium bodied, with lower carbonation in the cask, but not too low. I preferred the regular version and will score according to that, as the cask had too much residual honey for my taste, though some might like the component that it adds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Dark amber body, lots of off white lacing. A good amount of caramel toffee malt aroma and flavor backed up with a generously juicy hop profile. Very easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Hazy crimson amberish, thin fizzy white head. Nose held notes of citrus, caramel, and hints of toffee. It certainly was well balanced with citrus hops up front and sweetened caramel malt lying just below the surface. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying fruity hop finish. Good session beer if 6.5% fits in your definition of "session beer"...

   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 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.

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