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RATINGS: 333   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.


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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4859) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Clear copper colour body with a nice sized dense off-white head. Aroma of caramel, english hops, alcohol, cherries and slight peaches. Medium-bodied; Nice english hoppiness-not overpowering with a strong metallic taste. Aftertaste clean and fairly english in its hoppiness. Overall, a good bitter, not the best I've had-but a great treat! I got this twelve ounce bottle purchased from a friend in Saint Louis, Missouri and sampled it on 27-December-2003 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
11/6/03... Poured an orange amber color with a large bubbly white head and some lacing. Mild sweet floral saaz hop aroma. Slightly bitter, but some nice malt to back it up. Certainly a well balanced bitter, probably one of my favorite. I had been looking for a nice bitter to enjoy lately, and I found it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1493) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Nice amber color. Poured well out of the bottle. Thick white head. Nice sweet aroma. Floral taste. Not too bitter, but just enough to make me happy. A very good bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
thegreenrooster (3307) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Nice abmer color with a think white head. The flavor is very bready with hops on the back of the tounge. The floavor will stay with you long after the first sip. I would rate this as one of my favorite seasonals for the look and taste alone.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11663) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2003
(bottled 11/6/03) Crystal clear amber body with tiny beige head, leaves dense lacing. Aroma is rich, sweet floral and cantaloupe, some caramel. Taste is earthy, floral, rye, dry finish. Medium-full body with nice chewiness. Many thanks Hopscotch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 15, 2003
bottled on nov 6, 03. Pours a clear dark copper hue-medium carbonation. small head that did not last long. Nice palate of sweet and bitter hops-slightly piney in the mid palate, especially after it warmed a bit. Aroma was not all that interesting. definately a good bitter, but dont know if its the best tout there.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 Fantastic and amazing. POurs a copper color, excellent thick head, great lacing down the glass. Medium carbonation. Aroma is a perfect balance of hops and malts. Has a nice bready flavor, followed by a grassy hop taste, followed by an intense but pleasant bitternes. This flavor is long. From start to finish, each sip stays with you for 15 seconds or so after you swallow. Easily my favorite Schlafly beer so far.


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