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Old Black Bear Milepost 652 ESB

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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652 is our American take on the old English Pale Ale style called ESB, but this is anything but bitter. A very simplistic blend of malts reveals a smooth drinking beer that is a touch on the sweet side with a light Centennial hop aroma. 652 still slides in at almost 6% ABV, and was created for the enjoyment of all. Like most American spinoffs of British creations, the Brits should be thanking us for our improvements, and you will too.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malaclemys (397) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Pours clear coper with white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, earthy. Taste is malty, caramel, bread, and earthy. Medium bodyu with a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b79turner (235) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottled poured into a tulip glass. Pours Amber with a white head, good lacing. Nose is a little funky, earthy. Taste is bitter, typical of an ESB. Nice beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (7353) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2013
12 oz bottle. BBE Nov 2013. (Liquor Express) Huntsville, AL.
Clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Tea-like floral hops, mild bitterness and sweet malt in the aroma. The flavour is sweet resiny hops, moderate bitterness and sweet malt. Not very original.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Tap at Hop City Birmingham. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy beige head, medium-long retention and good lacing. Aroma is earthy, herbal, and perfume hops, toast and cookie malt, pear and apple esters. Flavor is medium hops and bitterness, sweet malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5203) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Gold pour with creamy white head. Aroma is light caramel malt and earthy tones. Flavor of sweet malt, earthy/floral hops with a decent bitter. Thin and watery but good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3486) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Tap. Pours clear amber, medium off white head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is caramel and light pine. Flavor is the same, light sweet, light piney bitter. Light body, silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nero55 (772) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 Draft. Red copper color with a medium white head with nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Light body with some malt sweetness, caramel notes, and a bitter hop finish. Better the second time I tried it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Draft. Poured medium amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma was intensely floral with a good bit of caramel malt. Flavor was toasted malt, almost perfumey hops. Not quite what I expected but good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Coopeec (9) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2012 does not count
On draught, slightly bitter on the nose, but not really a lot of aroma. A mixture of bitter and sweet. Bitter was a little to up front and unbalanced for me. I wouldn’t say it was an easy drinker, but it wasn’t hard either. Overall it is OK. May try again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drostj (105) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Draft at Rocket City Brewfest. Slightly sweet, malty aroma; clear amber with a creamy head. Not what I was expecting from a bitter - more malty and a bit sweet with enough hops to balance it out. I was tempted to rate this down as it did not really seem like a good ESB, but it’s a good beer despite not fitting the name.


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