drjoeng (160) - - JUN 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
6% ABV. Extra Special Bitter.
Hand pumped out of the cask. Tapped a luscious dark nut brown at about 25ºSRM. Nose is full of nice vanilla, cream and oatmeal type flavors. All this came through so cleanly even though I had just got into town in the middle of some heavy pollen and the hayfever was kicking in.
The palate is lusciously splendid, with full bodied deeply roasted malts. You can tell when you get that first shot of umami on the palate followed by a nice slow slide to ume.
Light carbonation giving it a very hefty mouthfeel. Velvety smooth and a nicely balanced bitter finish. Honors the name "extra special". A creamy, rich and very satisfying pint. Likely one the finest. Gets my very special recommendation to try first if available on cask at the Pratt Street Ale House.
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MadRobin (2343) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Wharf Rat in the Fell's Point district, Baltimore, MD.
Hazy, rusty amber-brown with an off-white head and good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, toast, earthy hops and nuts.
Taste of toasted malt, caramel, bread and mild earthy hops.
Medium body and low/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bamsen78 (4277) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Smoke and Barrel, Washington, D.C. Pours slightly hazy amber with airy off-white head. Clear aroma of oak cask, fruit, spices and hops. Clear, bitter flavour of hops and cloves with subtle fruity notes. Mildly bitter aftertaste. Decent.
ilovedarkbeer (2436) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask. Pours a glowing amber color with almost no head. Notes of caramel, earthy hops, cocoa, and wood.
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand drawn at Pratt Street - Good head, great lace, plenty of malt, hops balance a little out of whack
mcdoug (31) - Middle River, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 RATING UPDATE: Tried cask version again, this time at Mahaffey?s. Better overall but still not my cup o? tea. A bit too sweet on the tongue for my tastes. ORIGINAL RATING COMMENTS: I’m HOPING that I just got a stinky pour when I got the cask version last night at Wharf Rat, and that perhaps there was something a bit funky as a result of nobody else imbibing of it... the place was DEAD, while just around the corner other joints were hopping! I tend to really like bitters, see that this ale is usually rated very well, and hope it was just an odd, rare miss. Anyway, it started well enough-- smelled nice and fruity-hoppy, and attractive coloring of amber-copper. Unfortunately it was downhill from there, as the taste ranged from soapy to sweet to sour, the body seemed off, and it became downright unpleasant to the point that I only drank about half before giving up (and that?s not at all a typical behavior for me!). I?ll look for it again elsewhere in the future and pray it was just a case of an off firkin/pour.
sonnycheeba (4202) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours deep brown with thick, creamy beige head; good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, woody notes, nuts, dark fruit, and light toffee. Flavor is sweet malt dominate, faint hops, and light fruit esters; creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (10715) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at PSA. Pours clear brown with ruby highlights, a medium, thick and creamy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, nutty and caramel malt, light toast, and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light esters, virtually no hops, faint bitterness and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth.
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was a very bitter ESB. Had a nice body and a decent palate. Not for you if your not ready for a very bitter beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes. On cask at Pratt Street.
Pours a moderate caramel color with a white head and a good dose of lacing. Nose brings some light woody and earthy hops as well as slight caramel and toffee. Taste is the aforementioned toffee and caramel as well as slight hops. Good creamy feel with a nice body. Drinks really well and is a nice American ESB.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 11-03-2010