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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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A British style Extra Special Bitter with an even balance of malt and hops. Medium bodied with bready and caramel malt notes and UK hops. Winner of “B est in Show” for the 2012 World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan. 13.9°

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adubs (8) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2014 does not count
Dark amber pour with plenty of slightly offwhite head. Nothing special with aroma but nice mouth feel and super smooth. Maybe a bit creamy feeling. Not as bitter as their description or other ESBs I've had. 12 oz bottle ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a dark copperish amber. Nice hop to malt balance. Very sessionable ESB. Could have a few pints of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockeybeerguy (1468) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy looking amber to brown color. There was about a finger’s worth of foamy white head that once it dissipated there were some decent looking foamy rings. Carbonation was seen rising. The smell was bready and had some nice roasty caramel notes filling my nose. The taste was roasty and nutty bready sweetness with an in and out sort of caramel-ness. I didn’t get any aftertaste but the finish was actually quite smooth. The palate was fairly smooth and had a carbonation suited well for the ESB style as it had a somewhat creaminess running about it. Overall, I say this was a fairly good ESB worthy of having again, however due to where I live, I won’t be seeing this unless I got it in a trade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduced to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, orange zest, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, orange zest, apple, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and toast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, orange zest, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaser (2489) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Sweet candy and malty taste. Thicker pallet. Full flavor. Not like a esb I remember. Had this poured from draft at saugatuck brewpub in Michigan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Rated on 8-21-2010 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This bottled beer courtesy of jsquire pours a small head that mostly diminishes, hazy golden body, no visible carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt and bitter hops. The taste is lightly bitter, malt and citrus hops. The palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is not overly bitter tasting, but there is a lingering bitter aftertaste. There is not a lot going on with this beer as it lacks character and is a so-so beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
bottle. amber with one finger head. caramel malt. needs quite a bit more hops. more amber than esb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackflag321 (461) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle pour to shaker. Hazy dark amber. Malty, slightly sweet. More amber than ESB, overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pablo951 (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Had it out of a bottle. Pours a rich copper color with a thick yellow head that dissipated quickly but not all the way. Aroma is of earthy hops and pine, and the taste is thick with a malty caramel flavor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Brilliant amber pour. Two-finger off-white head that settled into a creamy 1/2 inch. Modest carbonation. Sweet, grainy, nose with hints of malt. Medium-full body. Less malt and bitterness on the palate than expected given the ESB label. Forward bitterness that lingers. Short. Some Belgian lace. Drinks well. Quenching but not exciting. Will neither seek out nor decline.

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