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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Copper pour, nice and biscuity hop/malt profile. Bitter (as it should be). Re-rate: shared over lunch outside with my wife and daughter on Valentine’s Day. This is a perfect lunch beer on a cool day. Nice and refreshingly bitter, with not too much alcohol.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
emacgee (4056) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Had this on tap at the Bean and Barrel. Glad they let me try a small sample. This stuff was no good. Very astringent and overly waxy bitter. Some weird flavors too.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2008
I did not think of this as an ESB at all, this came across more like a pale ale using English hops to me. Just average bitterness, slightly unbalanced, going back and forth from sweet to sour. Nothing special

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Draft at Barley’s Tap in Knoxville. Poured a clear dark amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Good hoppy sour citrus aroma. Medium body. Moderate bitter hoppy citrus flavor with a medium bitter finish of average duration.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/13/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Barley’s, Asheville, NC

hazy light amber, thin fine cream head, light malt aroma, mild malt flavor with a lingering bitterness, touch of sweetness, a fine session esb

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: *4
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5168) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2007
A slightly off amber pour with an off white head. A bit of maltiness and an esb finish. A very dry offering. The malt in this surprises me some. A medium bodied beer with very good carbonation for the style. A very refreshing drinker. I was a bit surprised.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Tasted on tap at Mellow Mushroom, Nashville. This ESB pours a light copper color Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and caramel, with a hint of hops. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are caramel and toffee. Hops are slightly bitter and earthy. At first I was guessing an cross between an amber and a pale ale, an ESB seems about right. Hops are bitter but not aggressively so, and the malts are not overly sweet. Good balance. Nice carbonation. Would make a nice session ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2007
A copper colored beer with a moderate white head. The aroma is malty with some citrus showing through mainly oranges and a bit of perfume. The flavor starts a bit malty with some caramel flavors. The bitterness begins to show up with some orange and grapefruit flavors. A nice session beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Nice malty flavor with some bitter hops at the end. Finish was a little flat. All in all, a very standard, but very enjoyable ESB, especially considering where it came from. A good session brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
benclarkiii (73) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2007
Poured a flat brown with some head. Very nice lacing. Decent flavor with nice hoppiness.


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