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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   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°


novels' rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Super smooth bitter ale. Not a lot of bite in this bitter, but it’s a nice sessioner with a nice mixup of hops and malt. Nothing too overpowering, but certainly a nice brew.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle split at GBBF, day 2, 13/08/14 - thanks to Kenvold. Clear golden amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is caramel, light spice, straw, faint citrics. Taste carries a light hop presence, bread dough, biscuit malt, earthy, toffee. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Adequate, not too exciting though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Interesting name (it’s actually "ESB/Amber" on the label), leaving me wondering how it will be classified on the site. It’s good looking, amber, almost copper in color, clear with a dense but modest head. The aroma is almost-caramel with a woodiness to it along with a splash of tonic water. The flavor is of white bread with a dollop of caramel and an earthy, herbal bitterness, not intense, but strong enough to catch one’s notice. The finish is rather dry with a lasting earthy bitterness. Not bad at all.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1209) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Incredibly surprised by the low ratings on this one. Very flavorful. Slippery like an ESB should be. But, there’s a toasty malt profile that knocks this one out of the park. Highly recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15068) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
13th August 2014
GBBF Day 2. Bottle. Clear amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and dry and crisp. Light sweetish malts, semi dry. Caramel - toffee. Mild floral tones. Ripe orange and marmalade. Pinch of hop spice. Airy dry finish. Dark toffee linger. Well joined up and drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8214) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle shared @ ChrisO after GBBF Day 1. Clear orange color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, caramel, lightly bitter, lightly leaves, lightly a sweet touch as well. Average to medium body and carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13704) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
At GBBF 2014. Clear reddy brown. Toasty aroma. Toast. Some malt some fruit. Toast. Ok

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle at GBBG 2014. It pours clear amber with a small white head. The nose is earthy, toasty, brown bread and twig. The taste is bitter-sweet, brown bread, leather, sticky caramel and wood with a dry finish. Light-medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty basic.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2014
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden yellow to orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, toasted malty and light pine hoppy. Bitter, herbal and crisp hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
firstsip (434) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Tap. Clearish dark red. Thinnish but in a good way. Yeasty nose. Great caramel balanced with bitter malts. A bit more of a red than an ESB though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
irishbrewguy (3) - Holland, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2014 does not count
Nice golden amber color with carb just right. Maltiness comes through in nose. Taste complex maltiness with good balance. Finishes with a bit of bitterness coming through.


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