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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (751) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours Copper/Red with medium white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuit, and malt. Medium body with sweet malt and caramel flavors upfront and a light bitter grassy hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours with a maple syrup color. A little malty, but fairly balanced. Quick finish..

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (6707) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 On tap at Taco Mac. Pours a clear amber orange with a near white head that lasts throughout the beer and laces. Aroma has a bit of a smoke note and is full of earthy grains and hay. Flavor is full of the same earthy notes throughout with hints of must and smoke in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2012
From tap. Pours medium amber with nice head. Malty aroma with a sweet malt taste. Spicey bitter. Good for an ESB.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (211) - - SEP 14, 2012
Pours a drop burnt orange amber color. Tastes similar to an amber ale. Drinking out of bottle from holmes. Not a bad beer but not stellar.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3688) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a light amber with a very small head. I don’t get a lot of smell off this one. Awfully malty, which is really not my favorite flavor. Not a bad brew, just not all that great.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (12260) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Draft at the source. Clear amber color. Aroma of black pepper, straw. Taste is peppery caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2012
22 oz bottle - Clear orange with minimal white head. Hay aroma. Maybe a little bread. This has a nice aftertaste. Overall a solid ESB. I’d probably have 2 at a pub. I wouldn’t buy a keg of it, though.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Tap @ ruby’s BBQ - pours a dark clear orange. Aroma is malty. Taste is bitter, finishes dry. Overall, not my favorite style but this is OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnealc31 (253) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Pours a hazy burnt orange with a sticky beige head. Smells of butterscotch and toasted bread. Toasted malt dominates the palate with hints of orange and butterscotch. Citrusy hops are noticeable, but not overpowering, in the finish, which is long, dry, and a tad bitter, but pleasantly so. It’s a little oily and slick in the mouth, but that dry finish is a nice contrast. Overall, it’s a very solid beer. Plenty of flavor, good balance, nothing overpowering. Fun lacing, too.


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