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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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This richly flavored, full-bodied bitter is copper colored, with a slight fruity aroma and a balanced malt/hop character. Fuggles and Kent Goldings hops are used for a dry finish.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleFart (11) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Just a bit to much malt. Or maybe not enough hops? Not balanced enough for an ESB. This is out of a bottle and I've had it on tap and was much more impressed. If you can get a growler. I'll drink it again and probably more than I should. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (1254) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
draft poured a reddish color no head. aroma I got some mild bitterness. now this was nitro at the brewery and I do believe that being on nitro muted some of the bitterness and just made this a plain old beer not very good at all

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4005) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2013
This beer gets much love in this area and I was surprised I had not reviewed it. First things first, not an ESB. The pour is a bit disappointing in a way that is somewhat hard to describe. Seems to be missing the intangibles. Some weight to the pour would be nice. The head is very short lived and disappears completely which gives the beer a watery look in the glass. No lacing. There is very little discernible hop character/bitterness and the malt profile is way in the foreground. Nose is predominantly earthy/bready/biscuity/toasty malt (which is nice) with a very subtle caramel sweetness and herbal/fruity hop note. Flavor is very easy going, biscuity/toasted grain at the forefront and a mild hop character. Tasting more like a strong mild or a brown ale than a bitter. I enjoy the flavor, itís clean and refreshing with a nice malty finish. Light bodied and dry on the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rangerred (916) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin half finger head. While the head is not big it has decent retention and ok lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel and roasted malt with some hints of coffee. A little biscuit in there too. Nothing really in the way of hops. The flavor is roasted malt and toast with some biscuit. Caramel and toffee underneath and it is quite sweet throughout. Some light spicy hops underneath with a moderate bitterness. Way too much carbonation with a spritzy but sweet mouthfeel. Overall, not very good. Tastes like a homebrewed brown ale. No real yeast character and way too much carbonation. Iíll pass next time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Pours brown with a thin head. Sweet caramel malt. Toasty and tasty. A light caramel is balanced with a touch of bitterness and lemon. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1262) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2013
12 oz bottle from Beer Army The ESB poured a deep amber with a normal head and modest lacing. The aroma of roasted malts on the nose. The taste of burnt malt greets your taste buds. More malt than hop on the nose and palate. The body is medium to light with average carbonation. This is an interesting beverage to drink. You experience an earthy taste that is intriguing. My first from this Asheville brewer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mojoman (157) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Very good esb. Nice and malty with a dry hop finish. If you want an ESB, this one is a very good choice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerme31 (484) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle. Rich copper color, medium tan head. Toasty malted aroma, caramel, nuts. Medium sweet taste. Medium body, mild bitter very late in the finish. Dry finish, sessionable ale. Pretty good overall.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (3268) - Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Pours a pretty amber-mahogany with a fairly thick pale tan head. Aroma has malty, caramel and subtle malty notes. Flavor has a strong malty core plus woody hop and caramel notes, not so bitter. Texture is fizzy, if thin. OK, if not outstanding.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (853) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2013
Poured dark caramel brown with a thin, slightly off-white head. Aroma of caramel, soggy bread, light coffee. Flavor is malty sweet with hops shining through late. I prefer a hoppier ESB but this isnít bad.


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