Royal Oak Brewhouse ESB
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This English style Extra Special Bitter is a well balanced ale with medium maltiness and medium hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with some fruity notes. Medium body with some amber notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2003
ESB's are quickly becoming a fun style of beer to drink. They have a nice, light bitterness that combines with the malt to make for a very refreshing session beer to drink. This offering from the Royal Oak Brewery falls into that good session beer category. Pours out to a light brown in the glass with a decent head. There is a slight taste of caramel on the front with a light hop bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2003
A long standing Royal Oak Brewery favorite. This beer leans towards the malty side of ESB's. Dark amber in appearance, with fast thinning head. Some unexpected yeastiness, but it doesn't detract from the beer. Hopped well, but not enough for the malts. Tend to agree, however, with Proc that this makes a nice session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5559) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2004
I ordered this with all the expectations of another small brewpub experiment gone bad. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a solid malt back bone that was perhaps a bit boring, but nonetheless nutty and full. Creamy mouthfeel with a lovely english bittering hops presence. Balance is wonderful. And the kicker: NO Astringency from overly dry malt that is the downfall of so many of these brewpub ESBs. Solid offering, though the aroma needs work, and though it tastes great, there is not too much bitter flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petkus331 (388) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2011
A charred malt aroma with a strong caramel presence and hints of star fruit. The taste begins semi-sweet but is then covered up by a nice balancing of hop bitterness on the finish, the bitterness is stronger than the the semi-sweet, but in a very good way. Medium body and light carbonation, but still "mouth filling." The color was a barely translucent brownish copper. A very good beer overall, could compete with the Sierra Nevada "Tumbler" and Stone’s "Oaked arrogant bastard."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Precept53 (147) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Beautiful Copper color, with heavy malty and hop aroma nice body and a very enjoyable beer, its nice to be able to get a good Bitter in the states

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ColovianTrader (464) - - DEC 29, 2013
Heavy doses of caramel flavors. Decent citrus hops. Notes of fruits and nuts. Easy to drink and all around enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2003
As has been said before, an excellent session beer. Not hard to drink down a pitcher of this brew. Not quite as full bodied as I would prefer. A nice beer nonetheless

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2005
Served with a thin white head, this beer was a clear dark amber in color. The beer had a sweet caramel malt aroma, with a hint of floral hops, and then a toasted bread finish. The flavor was similar caramel and toffee malts, with solid bitterness, and a nice lingering aftertaste. The beer was overall pretty good, and would have been a four if it had a little more body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6309) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2007
This beer’s decent bitter and malty combo makes it a nice competitor for ROB’s IPA. Between the two beers, I usually remained satisfied during weekly visits to the ROB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap @ the brew pub: Pours a clear copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel, spices, some earthy notes. Flavor, nutty, some spices, earthy some grassy hints and coffee notes.

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