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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Nice dark gold color with some foam and a bit of lacing. The hops are well balanced with the malt and neither is dominant. Sour hoppy aftertaste one would expect from a bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Tried again from the ’08 bottled batch. Solid, previous rating holds, but I bumped up the palate as it is smooth and light on the tongue. Pours with a deep amber and slow, lazy bubbles. A huge white head tops it off. This could be because it was delivered today. The aroma is nice and malty with some notes of grass and cola. The taste is a nicely malty and roasted. Some notes of fresh soybeans. A weird sweet note in the background. A fairly nice ESB, but not world class. I have heard this year’s batch is down a little bit. I would really like to try this on tap. Thanks for the delivery, sethdude!!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2004
This is an overall very good beer. I normally don’t care for a lot of hops, but the bitterness and malts balance it out. One of my favorite seasonals.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Initial sweet taste followed by a bitter finish. The color is pleasant with an off colored white head. One of my favorite beers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 (draught at Bottleworks) Copper, almost no head. Lovely lace on the glass. Mild malt aroma. Well balanced with sweet malt up front followed by a bitter hops finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Bottled 11/26/03 – Pours a slightly hazed amber with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is that of earthy and flowery hops with lots of sweet malt. The flavor is slight caramel then lots of flowery/fruity hops with medium to light bitterness. There are hints of rye but it is really very far back in the mix. The body is medium-full and seems to be substantiated a good bit by the rye. A good beer overall. Possibly misclassified as an ESB, seems more of an APA to me. It lacks the sweet cinnamon character I like in an ESB.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 2003 bottle. First off, thanks to Emily for sendin this gem as an extra. Pours about as good as you can get without being bottle conditioned. Good sized yellow-white head and a marvelous deep red-amber color. Dirty brown and yellow waves as well, quite bright. Smells very full and strong, lots of hops and a slightly spicy/peppery aroma. Mellow and dry caramel as well. Flavor is superb. First off you get a great bitter hops flavor from some nice english-style hops. On the background is a dry caramel-earthy/root flavor. Almost tastes like there is some anise in there, but that’s probably the rye. Body is perfect and flavor is strangely subtle yet full, as a good bitter should be. Beer definitely grows on you as you drink it and the aftertaste of sweet molasses/caramel and low acid hops is wonderful. If this was bottle conditioned, this would be one of the best beers ever made. I hope to test that theory at the brewery with the cask version.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Malty, nutty nose just like Avery ESB, with a similar utty malt flavor that has a surisingly long finish, sustained, and indeed urged on, by hop bitterness. A bit of hops that you can taste high in your mouth, too. Well balanced and very good. I'm not sure, though, about the exceedingly high rating.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2004
A really great beer from Schlafly. Quite hoppy with a generous amount of sweet malt flavor. This finishes very clean and is an excellent ESB. This and the Oatmeal Stout from Schlafly really stand out

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
I dont usually care for ESB's, but this one is really good. Light copper color with thin ivory head that disappeared quick! Fruit up front right away and warm caramel followed. I'm a believer and want to try the rest of the line.


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