Legend ESB
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Winter is big beer season, when breweries bring out their heartiest and heaviest offerings, and Legend is no exception. Along with our regular lineup, we currently and proudly serve up our Imperial Stout and Belgian Tripel, with the massive Barleywine on deck for an early January release. Our seasonal beers are very popular and so with the rapid disappearance of this year’s Chocolate Porter, were faced with the need to fill a slot for a “not so big”, but still exciting beer to keep things interesting. Why not an E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)? This is a British style that understandably is a bit confusing by name… ”Oh, Legend makes an extra special beer…oh they call it bitter…hmmm, I’ll try something else”. Actually, an English Bitter is not what it sounds like. It is a medium bodied, somewhat malty brew with the hop character coming primarily from bittering hops. The result is low hop aroma with a little bite of bitterness on the finish. Not present are the intense hoppy flavors and aromas of a Pale Ale, for example. An E.S.B. refers to a brewery’s finest version of a Bitter, usually a little higher in alcohol and malt flavor. History lesson aside, Legend E.S.B. serves as a medium octane winter warmer that brings flavor without chaos. Legend E.S.B. pours a deep reddish orange and possesses a nose ripe with fruity aromas. The body is medium, as is the carbonation. The flavor is at first of fruit (apples, pears, berries), then turns in a warm caramel toasty direction provided by the specialty malts. The finish is dry and earthy. Malts: Two row malted barley, light roast malt, caramel malt, aromatic malt, wheat malt. Hops: British East Kent Golding Yeast: British premium bitter yeast strain Legend E.S.B. is available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Clear reddish brown pour with a thin white head. Aroma is biscuit, malty honey floral. Almost no hop nose at all not bitter. Overly sweet. Not bad but wonky for an ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2922) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Clear amber body with a small white head. Dry malty aroma with a bit of floral hops. Dry caramel flavor with some light malt and a bit of floral hops on the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kassner (1552) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
pretty nice, but their beers are quite similar, just a little more malt, light cola color, a little head, some butter notes and grapes

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (5697) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Honey aroma, volatile. Crystal clear copper, medium yellow head, good lacing. Maraschino cherry flavor.Vanilla present. Alcohol apparent. Grassy finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Deep amber, almost brown beer. Thin white head and lacing that quickly recedes. Strong green apple scent. Also some caramel and lager malt scent. Very sweet, malty taste with a sour, overripe fruit edge. Caramel and toffee malts, apples, pears, and overripe plums. Good and interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Pours a clear reddish-orange color with a slightly fluffy medium sized white head. Aroma is notes of citrus and hops, with a nice roasted malt aroma. Flavor is a light malted roast flavor. A relatively solid ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Pours orange/amber with a white head. Smells of citrus and rosey. tastes metallic and soapy with some earthy undertones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(Sample Date: 3/14/2009 Source:Legend Brewery) Pint at the Brewery. Chocolate roast aroma with some earthy hops. Clear dark amber brown. Chocolate and roast with a bit of roast astringency and dark fruit notes. Earthy spicy hop flavor. Medium body and mouthfeel. Dry bitter finish that is slightly oak and wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5623) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle shared at jimmacks Beer Wars preparty. Poured an orange body with a foamy white head. Aroma of citrus, apricot and grains with an overall soapiness about it. Medium body with bubbly carbonation. Flavor different then the aroma but still no real improvement, chocolate and grain. Meh average brew at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
Nice pour. Good solid bitterness. Nice malts and a hint of nuts. a little bread. Not bad.

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