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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
French Broad Brewery’s interpretation of the classic UK Extra Special Bitter. A bright copper color with a complex malt palate is complemented by traditional British hops, notably East Kent Golding. French Broad has made this classic public house session beer a cult classic with its skull and crossbones artwork.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Kind of a strong body with hint of malt liqour carbonation. Nutty taste and slight bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Solid amber pour. Good aroma, floral, slight nut and malt. Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Pretty much the same flavor as aromas. Good bite and clean at the finish. I enjoyed this one, pretty good overall and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of floral and earthy hops with sweet malt. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2008
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours copper/amber. Aroma filled with earthly yeast, some spices and citrus notes. Taste is filled with malty/sugary and lightly spicy. Well balanced but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 On tap at Milltown, Carrboro. Was pleasantly surprised by this one. The aroma ws very nicely spicy, with some citrusy hops in there that suggest a hybrid version of the style. Nice amber color, full head and mouthfeel. This one seems a bit underrated to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2008
650 ml. Orange-amber and clear with a huge creamy head that takes a while to settle, and laces the glass well. Vegetal, slight citrus and earth-spice aromas. Grainy caramel and woody hops are in balance on the front, with dry wood and bitter nut flavors winning out in the end. Flavor almost like rye bread at times. Medium body is smooth and finishes nicely dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2008
22 oz. bomber from Bruisin Ales on 6/14/08.

Clear orange pour under an off white head of medium size and durability, and showing some respectable lace. Aroma has lots of caramel, some grainy notes, and a slightly spicy background.

Medium bodyand carbonation, smooth, easy drinking, nothing objectionable on the palate. Sweet up front with toffee and caramel, soft bitterness comes on at the end to dry out the finish. All in all , reserved, yet drinkable, a solid session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
From draught sample at French Broad. Light malty aroma with a bit of grassy hops and caramel or honey. Golden amber clear with no head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Fairly dry ESB, needs a bit more malt. Nice hoppy finish but a bit acidic, maybe too much carbonation in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barcia (3) - USA - MAY 5, 2008 does not count
Nice alternative to doing a super trendy pale ale. Smells bready with a little dark fruit. Taste nice and clean with a big hop finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3002) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
Pint at Tylers in Apex. Good aroma, sweet bitter. grassy, caramel, apple. Clean brownish orange color, good head that fade quickly. Faded quick. Ok lacing. Bitter flavor, like aroma, with a bit of a nutty biscuity addition. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice bitter easy to drink. Like this one for the flavor for a lower alcohol brew.

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