unclemattie (3906) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. 2006. Light brown color, khaki head. Rich hoppy aroma. Crisp malt background.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full Sail Brewing Company--ESB--Extra Special Bitter--Seasonal. 2000a 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB--Clear auburn golden color. Nice hop front. Earthy lightly roasted rich malty body with rich hop accents. Finishes with mild malty hop spice. Classic smooth ESB. Best of Full Sail Styles? Sampled 6/7/2000.
Full Sail Brewing Company--ESB--Purple Background, Orange Sail. 2000b 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV (4.0 / 5.0) ESB--Clear thin copper color. Light floral hop front. Light, but rich flavored slightly toasted earthy malty caramel malt ESB body. Mild sweetness. Strong characteristic earthy Full Sail hop finish. Sampled 4/4/2000.
OldMrCrow (1620) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Steelhead Grill in Seattle. I’ve been looking for this beer for something like five years, and finally managed to just stumble upon it. Nice copper pour, decent head. Rich and proper ESB depth, fruity and enjoyable, with an abundant c-hop presence, leaving the beer both undeniably an ESB and at the same time decidedly a PacNW brew. Very good!
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
ESB pours my absolute favorite golden amber color with a cream colored frothy head that dissipates to a thin film that remains for the session.
Caramel, toffee, sugar candy, and sweet malts delight the nose! This stuff smells just as beautiful as it looks!
The "bitter" is comprised of a roasted malt front that comes in strong, followed by caramel, sugar, and a note of honey that mellow the flavor nicely. Mild hops sweep in on the finish, balancing this brew perfectly. Roasted malts linger long on the palate. This is a proper Bitter that rightfully claims to be "Extra Special".
Light to medium weight and hardy carbonation make this beer lively and refreshing. This beer can be enjoyed in Spring, Summer, and Fall. It has characteristics that would compliment all three seasons.
Overall, this is easily one of my favorite Bitter styles. It’s robust roasted malts and lack of over-the-top sweetness make it manly as hell. This concoction reminds me of unfinished wood, tough leather, and black iron. WARNING: This beer may accelerate mustache and/or beard growth.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was absolutely wonderful.
Clean and soft copper tinted pour with a one finger beige head that quickly collapses. Very nice aroma, upfront and refined malt character with earthy and bready notes leading a fruity and toffee-ish sweetness. Excellent flavor, clean and fruity sweetness with a bready malt profile and earthy hops.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 22oz bomber: This was a surprise. I’ve never been a fan of their IPA, but this I like. Malty and sweet with that yummy American hop flavor.
nealblind (374) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown with a lingering white head. Smells like carmel and like berries. Tastes spicy with pronounced vegetal hop flavor and full malty flavor. Light carb. Very good for a hop centric brew.
r464 (1655) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color, malty aroma. Crisp, balanced. Hints of a malty sweetness with nuts, orange, caramel, spice. A little hoppy, very full, and a strong finish. A nice ESB.
asedzie (565) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Some mild fruit, metallic notes in the aroma. Flavor is wonderfully balanced, great velvety toasted grain backed by fruity and slightly oily hop presence with a pungently bitter tang that lingers minutes after each sip. Very full mouthfeel. Very good ESB, rivals some of the better ales I’ve had in England.
Mora2000 (5141) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
I assume this is the correct place to rate this. The ABV on my label is listed at 6.5. This is the one from the Pub Series in the 12 ounce bottle with the orange label. On the website it is listed as different beer than the 6.5 percent ESB in the Brewer’s Share series.
Medium amber with a white head. Aroma is toffee with a bit of floral hops and dark fruit. Flavor is full of floral and candy hops, as well as some toffee and biscuit malt. There is a nice mix of sweetness and bitterness, exactly as I expect in an ESB. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer.