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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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°


2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (7202) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2013
AMber pour with a gigantic head, you would think its a belgian. Totally uncontrollabel head. The smell is pleasant, herbal hops, spices, bread malt, hint of fruitiness and some etal. Mouthfeel is super-carbonated it is like drinking pop rocks. Flavor is lightly malty, lightly hoppy, kind of hard ot pick out flavors due to the carbonation issue.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7516) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bottle. Toffee malt aroma. Medium amber with moderate head. Mildly sweet toffee malt and pepper flavor. Nice body. Solid.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3556) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2013
Pours hazed, woody brown with a thick tan head. Scent is wood, nuts, earth. Taste is earthy hop, caramel malt. Smooth, a litttle tingly....peppered. Earthy bittering. Not bad at all.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (2890) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Bready caramel malt aroma. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Toast, caramel malt, and earthy herbal hops flavor. Body on the light side of medium, moderate carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (3804) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Aroma is malts, yeast and hint of tropical fruit. The flavor is fruit/tropical fruit, malts and a mildly sour finish.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
12oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Pours a mostly clear amber colored body with an inch thick, dense, rocky and foamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is somewhat fruity with a bready, somewhat sticky caramel malt backing. A bit of a spiciness and earthiness in there as well. Flavor is tough to put down. Earthy and papery up front with a lot of oxidation present. Some toasty, bready caramels at the back end with just a slight sweetness, but this finishes pretty harsh with a spicy and earthy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a lively, foamy carbonation. Overall, this is not a very good beer. Oxidized, bitter, and tough to put down. Not the worst beer I’ve ever had, but it’s certainly down there on the list.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1023) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper-amber with a fairly buoyant larger-bubbled khaki head that settles to a thin film and leaves substantial sticky lace behind. Nose involves some bubble gum, some earthy tea leaf-esque hop notes, almost a touch of honey, and some hearty doughy yeast. Taste is fairly sweet and fairly bitter, well balanced. Medium bodied, softer yet still active carb, with a somewhat dull finish. Not a bad beer, quite quaffable, nice to look at. A couple less-than-desirable features, but nothing too detracting from the experience.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of foamy light off-white colored bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light amber colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was mild with malty soft citrus notes. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of bitter hops and mild caramel. A decent quaff-able one that I would consider drinking again.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crajun (948) - , Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
bottle rec’d in trade from umich03jm. not a fan - not sure the beer or myself knows what this is supposed to be? looks like an amber; slight toffee in aroma. not a fan of the taste - the hops aren’t balanced nore enjoyable

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
This is labeled both ESB and amber but does not seem to resemble an English style of any sort so I guess I’ll go ahead and call it an American Amber--whatever that means. It’s a clear amber color w/ a large lasting head of mixed bubbles. This stuff is OK overall but I think my bottle has some non-intentional funky notes which probably came from some stray yeast in the brewery. Likely due to a similar cause, it is overcarbonated and quite fizzy, which I suppose cuts the sweetness but doesn’t really work. It seems like there’s maybe a decent malt hops balance going on here but it’s just not working w/ the rather glaring flaws also present.


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