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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
Bouteille de 12 oz obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur d’orange et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est orangée opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréale avec une pointe d’agrumes et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #5183)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2013
A rather pale example, dark golden, covered by a light, lasting beige head. Tiny sediments settle at the bottom of the glass. Glorified esters and toasted, biscuity, caramelly malts which combine together in a sense of balance. Actually a bit lighter than I would have expected on the hop side where gently woodsy, earthy, orangey spicy hops do not quite egt over the appley, spicy, slightly sulphury even yeastiness which at times comprise a jammy fruity kick. Yet its dry/sweet balance is efficient, the initial biscuity sweetness burst being balanced by an earthy, smooth and clean bitterness to which the soft, but far from absent bubbles certainly contribute. Well, it’s good, but this was one of those beers, backs in the days, which used to be rated 3.8+ and was possibly even the top ESB on the site. Assuming it has not evolved, that’s kinda mysterious (even though its scores have been on a downhill in recent years) as there are plenty of awesome examples (especially York’s in my limited exposure) out there and I say that as a Schlafly fan who really appreciate their base beer portfolio, all clean and respectable, sometimes excellent straightforward recipes at very reasonable prices. I feel old all of a sudden.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
12oz bottle, orange-amber color, with a thick beige head, nice candied orange peel, orange marmalade, orange lollipop, biscuity, toasted, caramel, bready maltiness nose, with some honey cracker, pannetone cake notes, with a hint of citrus hops in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good biscuity, bready, toasted, caramel malt, fruity candied orange peel, orange marmalade, honeyed bready cracker character, with a mild flowery citrus, leafy hop, pannetone cake flavour, leading towards a candied orange peel fruitiness, honey maltiness, lingering citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1221) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Les sédiments tournoient dans ce liquide ambré. L’effervescence alimente la mousse, qui ne bouge pratiquement pas, en fait, on dirait même que la levure travaille encore. Le nez est de caramel, d’épices, de miel et de malt et ça m’est plutôt agréable. La texture soyeuse nous caresse la bouche en transportant des saveurs de miel et de fleurs sauvages au travers le malt. Une faible acidité et une amertume soutenues par des pointes fruitées finalisent le tout. (Embout. 9 janv.2013) (781-170813)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerGolem (682) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle 12 fl. oz. Served in english pint. Pours dark orange-amber with slight particles (mispour maybe). Strange aroma of earthy hops, fruits, caramel and vegetable juice. Taste is on par. Kind of thin. Not bad, but nothing extraordinary. Freshness may have been an issue here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1637) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Had at the Tap Room in St. Louis in the summer of 2011. Nice esb. Pours an amber brown. Lightly toasted malt flavor with some toffee and maltiness. Good esb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
355 ml bottle. Pours a very opaque orangeish dark golden with sediments and a short lived white head. Aroma is biscuits and toasts. Flavor is roasted bread, dark fruits, sweet caramel, bananas, bubble gum. Finish is earthy, herbal. Lingering sweetness and bitterness. This has got to be one of the most refreshing, well-balanced incarnations of the ESB I’ve had. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Very solid, super well balanced. Loved it.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
12oz bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with small head. Rather pale for an ESB.
Aroma : Malt with some mixed grains. Very light caramel. Very light herbal and earthy hops
Taste : Malty with light hops. Finish slightly bitter with malt. Pretty malty finish. Very light mineral notes.
Palate : Average carbonation. Too strong for te style IMHO.
Overall : A rather awkward ESB that barely has any British character. Fairly unanimous beer that is still decent and drinkable. Carbonation could be softer. Uneventful beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass A - Pours a hazy amber, with 1 finger of yellow tinted meringue head. Very nice retention with below average lacing. S - Bready, pureed peaches, caramel, honey sweet malt, hints of light lemon citrus. T - Bready malts, light caramel, the peach fruit carries over from the aroma and melds very well with the soft bready malts. There’s notions of crisp lemon in there lightly cutting through the bready malt. Hops provide a tannin-like bitterness. Finishes bright and semi-dry. M - Nice doughy texture, heavy side of medium, super soft carbonation, very nice texture. This is an all around well crafted beer. It has a rich doughy character with a bright fruity side as well. I would enjoy this anytime of the year. Serving type: bottle 03-29-2013

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4371) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
pours hazy golden orange with a small off-white head, little retention. fruity caramel, pepper, spices, grass, hint of biscuity malts, but mostly plain lightly toasted malts, tobacco, juniper berries, pears - perfume-like, oranges. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, grassy-peppery with a short citrus bite finish. ok.


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