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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (950) - USA - MAY 23, 2013
Burnt amber color with a thin lacing of white head. Aroma is slightly musty with a faint nuttiness. Flavor is light caramel, toasted malt, a little burnt on the finish. Not bad, though I remember liking it a little more at the brewery than from the bottle today. Would make a decent session if I was looking for something smooth and malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bad label, bomber. Dark gold, light amber, clear, thin white head. Aroma is a bit like sweet iced tea. One-note golding hops. Dry, thin, not very complicated. Long, dry bitter finish. Thanks to LuckyDog.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (772) - 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.

   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..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (215) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3790) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13181) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Draft at the source. Clear amber color. Aroma of black pepper, straw. Taste is peppery caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gooney (389) - 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.

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