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RATINGS: 342   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5065) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body under a small fizzy off-white head that had pretty decent retention. The nose is pretty decent, rather hoppy for an ESB, some nice spicy rye, and some toasty malt. The flavor is pretty weird though, considering the style. There’s a lot of crystal malt sugariness to it that really dominates the flavor. Finishes with a touch of that rye spiciness you get in the nose, as well as just a touch of bitterness. The flavor is just too sweet and the toasty and dry malt I want in an ESB just isn’t there. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and some lingering crystal malt sweetness. Meh, think I’d recommend passing on this offering from Schlafly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1755) - 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 (1326) - 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 (3917) - - 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 (543) - 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 (6104) - 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 (101) - - NOV 29, 2013
Drank at Roadhouse in Webster Groves, Missouri. Pours orange gold, white head. Hoppy and smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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