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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6285) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Taster on tap at Barley’s during RBWG 2014. Clear burnt orange color. Thin off-white head. Good thicker lace. Light to medium body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Nice caramel, lightly rich nutty malt, very nice english-style malt profile. Moderate bitter, more sweet taste. Nice balance. Nice light tropical fruit notes. Tasty, balanced ESB, with nice American influences.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4901) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
From a bomber I bought at the brewery. Clear amber with a nice beige head that becomes blotchy. A little carbonation floats up. A bready malted aroma is very much to style. The flavor is also quite malty with that bread, grains, and toffee. Hops are light, as they should be. Bitterness and fruit are tasted from them. The yeast gives a cleanness to this beer that is akin to a lager. This is to style and is nicely done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
Draft at the brewery taproom during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours clear gold with a foamy, white head. Tasty little ESB, does the style justice. Light toasted malts, brown bread. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Further basic, bready malts to finish with light pine needle bitterness. Relatively clean and very drinkable. Good effort.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
[ Tap ][ French Broad ][ 4oz ][ Taster ][ Free ][ 2/7/14 ]
>> Clear, highly carbonated orange. Good, off-white creamy foam. Nose is muted, sweet honey, cherry juice box, sugar, mild vegetal DMS. Taste is lemon acid, paper, tart, icky. Can’t get down with these beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Taster at the brewery (RBWG). Maltier than expected. Caramel heavy flavor with some wheaty, grainy notes. Nice noble hops presense.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2043) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at French Broad. Pours a copper color with white head. Grainy, malty, earthy, slight bitter flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1040) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft at brew pub darker golden copper. Nose dank hop,mineral,and toffee malt. Taste sweet malt hop font, mild spice, dank hop finish

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ Beer Fart Dunegeon Aloft. Pours a burnt orange appearance with a cream colored head. Caramel and nutty aka. Some fruits in the flavor. Moderately sweet. Moderate bitterness. Ok.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Thanks Andy for the pour at the source. Smells lagarish. Pours a transparent golden. Tastes solid for a ESB. Yeasty, almost marzen like. This places smells awesome!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5314) - Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft to pint at French Broad (thanks Andy). Looks good; a transparent copperish orange with thin eggshell lacing. Smells of malt biscuit, like a lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. A solid ESB.


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