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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This Extra Special Bitter is an amber-colored, malty ale with plenty of hops to balance the flavor. Rye flakes add a distinctive flavor, as well as extra body. Available November through January.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft->nonic at District Pi. Murky amber with solid offwhite head. Bread and malt with some grains and lite earthy hops. Mildly bitter. Not really an ESB, but pretty good anyway.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1077) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2013
The appearance of this beer combines a few intriguing elements: a cloudy orange color, a large off-white head, and fine-grain sediment. The aroma is reminiscent of caramel and bread malts fused with a hint of fruit, and the taste is an interesting blend of a mild sweetness and a slight sourness, leading to a nicely balanced beer. The palate mixes a soft carbonation, medium body, fairly abrupt finish, and a slick texture.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kcwildcat98 (47) - - DEC 24, 2013
Amber in color after pouring. Taste is smooth, with a balance hop kick up front but not holding on past the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Pours amber with some chunky yeasty floaters. Nose is immensely malty with evident layers of stone fruits, caramel, and toast. Flavor is again cherries, peaches, malts, toffee and niceness. Yes, I like it. Tasty brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3786) - - DEC 12, 2013
bottle. hazy orange/amber with a stable, creamy head. sweet, worty, pale malt aroma. full bodied and chewy. lots of bready malt. fruity, peach-like hop notes. the flaked ingredients definity add some body here. very nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (501) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy golden color, thin white lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, bread. Medium sweet citrus flavor. Medium body, thin texture, a bit fizzy, mild bitterness. Very different ESB than many of the others I’ve rated. Thinner body and leans more sweet. Not bad overall.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
In short: A muffled semi-hoppy amber ale lacking vivacity.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed as soon as we got it through private importation, but already 5 months after bottling date :(
The look: Slightly cloudy amber-orange body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is dank and moist, like smelling leafy hops in a wet basement. In mouth the beer has a medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel and abundant carbonation. Taste is semi-toasted cereals, an awkward mix of caramel and marmalade, moldy fruits, soggy cookies, very dank hops. Overall this bottle was as far from bright and vibrant as a beer can get, everything here felt moldy, slightly rotten, dank. Not as bad my choice of words make it to be, but still a pretty lame experience. Might be because the bottle suffered from the private importation transit, it has to be. Not what I expect from an ESB, Schlafly may think I will believe this is an ESB because it is written ESB on the label but my mother didn’t raise no fool (my father did while my mother ignored me because I was dumb)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Funkatrocious (98) - - NOV 29, 2013
Drank at Roadhouse in Webster Groves, Missouri. Pours orange gold, white head. Hoppy and smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2410) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours copper with a moderate white top. Aroma is sweet grains and pine hop. Taste is a great balance of sweet grains and pine hop bitterness. Rye spice just tops it off.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdm1984 (678) - Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Smells of booze, caramel malts, and hops with a little rye, and then a little fruit the more it sits. Quite complex. Flavor: Fruity, boozy, hoppy toward the end, and a juicy, bitter finish and aftertaste. Wow, this is terrific. Phenomenal combo of a winter warmer ale with some more IPA-like qualities. Much of Schlafly’s stuff is rather average, but this is excellent and nuanced across the board.


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