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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Technically speaking, this ale can be described as an Extra Special Bitter. What that really means is that more of everything that goes into our bitter is added to the Halloween Ale -- more imported barley and more fresh Goldings hops from East Kent in England. This strong ale is also given some extra time in the conditioning tank, allowing it to mellow considerably.

12 oz. version, which is filtered, is brewed at Shipyard Brewing in Portland; 22 oz. version, which is not filtered and only sold locally, is brewed at Gritty McDuff’s in Freeport

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2003
The label is almost carnival creepy. Some leering headless guy brandishing his melon against an orange and purple background. The beer itself is a deep amber brown, leaning towards ochre, with a thick almond head. Aroma is definitely extra special. A touch of fruitiness, some nutty flavors, caramel, and of course a pervasive and citric hop aroma. Pretty complex, particularly for the style. Flavor is a bit more subdued, with bready maltiness and a nutty yeast flavor. Fruitiness is mostly in the aroma. Medium bodied. A little too carbonated for my taste. Hops are sharp and somewhat rough, leading a dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Pretty good stuff. I think these guys do a good job.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerdedone (2618) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel and spices. Flavor was lightly sweet with caramel, bread, earth, mild spices and had a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nakedwhendrunk (2098) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 16, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a burnt brown colored body and gave a small off white/brown head. Some haunting lacing slowly slid down the glass as the beer went down. The smell had slight caramel and apples with a bit of a woody yeast and earthy hops to it too. The taste was sweet through caramel, light ginger, and apples, mainly an cooked apple aftertaste, hops once the beer warms a bit. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, sessionable, yeasty finish with some light hops in that. Overall, full-flavored beer that I used to drink when I lived in Maine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (306) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Draft. Pours medium brown with white head that dissipates. Light carbonation mild caramel aroma. Caramel up front with mild spices and brown ale like flavors. Has mild hop flavor and very slight pumpkin taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (359) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Kind of a medium-brown cloudy appearance, not very appetizing. Non-descript aroma, but the taste is good, mellow, somewhat hoppy but not as bitter as I expected. Malt and caramel flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (380) - New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 10, 2013
Pours a cloudy dark amber color with very little head on cask and a nice huge creamy head on nitro version. Smell is of caramel and nutmeg/pumpkin. Taste is caramel up front with some pumpkin and a nice smooth bitterness finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ROBC3366 (650) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Pours a dark amber and smells of citrus and malt. This ale tastes of citrus and yogurt and starts off a bit bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Pours red with a generous tanish head that seems to stick around a while. Smells of yogurt, spices, and oranges. Tastes bitter at first with a nice peppery note. Some maltiness and tarte hints are present. Tingly pepper mouthfeel and a decent slightly bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoody5000 (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2013 does not count
Bottle. Thin, light tan head. Very nice golden amber color. On the heavier carbonation side. Strong golden malt flavor, has a presence of alcohol, ending with a noticeable bitter taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
EithCubes (4895) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle, screw top. Nose light golden malt, some mild alcohol, fruity/woody yeast character, very sweet. Pours clear red-amber with a dense tan head. Taste sweet with light bitterness, it’s more of a big alcohol/boozy mule kick issue; malt with suppressed (very lightly floral) English hops, mellow indeed, medium body with a pinch of sunshine and a hint of stale wood, more of a pilsner-gone-wrong than desirable seasonal ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4369) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
tap at brewpub. clear golden with a decent white head, some retention. toasted cereals, lager fruitiness, spices - maybe cloves, bit of booze, oranges, cola. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, dry herbal-peppery finish. ok.

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