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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our ESB (Extra Special Bitter) may have the word “bitter” in its name, but the key to this style is balance. The combination of malts and hops creates a toasty, fruity flavor. Our ESB is dry hopped with a US grown hop varietal called Williamette, which has a pronounced spicy, lemon flavor.

In the early 1970’s, brewers in London and the south of England expanded the range of beers available in pubs, reacting to the wave of European lagers moving into the British pub scene. In addition to the ordinary bitters and pale ales, brewers developed recipes for stronger premium ales like ESB, special bitter and special pale ale. These beers contributed to the English traditional ale revival of the 1980’s, making their way into the beer portfolios of many American craft breweries.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (3495) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Tap. Pours clear amber, small off white head, good lacing. Aroma is bready, a bit nutty. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, caramel, dark breads, some grass. A touch of citrus zest. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. A bit of acidity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (775) - Collinsville, USA - AUG 11, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a off white head. Taste fruity, citrus, bready. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
c_lee_burton (116) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Excellent ESB with bitterness and smooth malts. Has some bready and currant flavors that finishes bitter without lingering. Very good and warming.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2014
This was a very good winter offering. I hesitate to use their winter to describe though. It was a good esb with more of a malt profile but much else.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2014
12 oz bottle filled 11-15-2013. Pours lightly hazed, medium amber with a fine, durable creamy beige head. Aroma of baked bread, light spices and fruity hops. Flavor: conservatively spiced, the fruity citrus character seems to be the more unusual feature in this ESB. O: This winter ESB Schlafly Winter ESB is lighter than your average Winter Warmer, providing another good choice for the holidays. If found it to be enjoyable on a hot Spring day as well.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dark orange with quite a bit of sediment from the bottle making it into the glass. The saving grace is the thick, rocky head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is extremely fruity. Lots of orange with some grape and cherry as well. Maybe just a touch of biscuit but it is faint behind the fruit. The taste has even more fruit. I know pretty much every Schlafly beer has this fruit note from what I assume to be the yeast but this is just a little overdone. Heavy dose of orange and cherry along the same lines as what is in the aroma. Lots of malt in the way of caramel and biscuit but it lends a bit too much sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite sweet and sticky. Overall, this one just doesn’t do it for me. Too much fruit and overly sticky make this a bit of a mess. Drinkability is very limited and it just doesn’t seem that well put together. I’ll pass next time.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DBob5150 (198) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2014
A thick, hazy almost grainy orange body with a thin white head. Aroma is subtle citrus with spice and slight soap. First sip was bitter and unimpressive, but improved. Weak flavor with a soapy aftertaste. Not impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
franchise319 (15) - - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle pour, hazy copper color with minimal white head. Lots of sediment suspended throughout the glass. Subtle, roasty aroma with very well balanced hop and malt notes, not a beer that I would ever turn down.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3014) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle. Caramel malt, spicy rye, and light piney orange hops aroma. Hazy amber with a large ivory head, suspended flocculation. Bready malt, rye, and herbal hops flavor. Medium body and carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt is dominant and somewhat lacking in character. Taste is also dominated by non-descript dry caramel malt notes with very else in terms of reportable characteristics. Body is about average with good carbonation. I was expecting a bit more sweetness to fit the winter theme but this ends up being a bland offering.


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