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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottled 11/06/03: Clear copper. Nice,lasting white,head. Drooping lace. Huge spicy/piney hop aroma. Malt/rye undertones. Creamy mouthfeel with the soft carbonation. Medium to full body. Grainy up front,followed by leafy hops,rye,malt flavors. Finish is loaded with flavor. Tons of hops(spicy,leafy),with some toast,malt. Lingering hops. The rye dries the beer out more than the hops,which are spicy and fresh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 20, 2003
This rating was from the Hop In The City event where brews from the previous year were sampled (5 oz) by the attendees from kegs. This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized bubbles that left behind a hazy transparent orange brown colored body. The aroma was mildly hopped and the mouthfeel was smooth yet had that hoppy feeling and bite to it. The flavor was all bitter hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2003
At Hop in the City: Hazy orange hue with so me head and little lace. Ripe fruit (apricot, apple, lemon), wheaty, yeasty, and toasted malt aroma. The taste had a grapefruit twang and lively hop bitterness. Undertone of English malt and rye. Minor acidic finish. Medium-bodied with a clean, crisp, and lively mouthfeel. Outstanding version of an ESB, a hybrid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Flowery, citric, lightly sweet and malty aroma, hints of lemon and spice. Light amber color, partially opaque, with a slight head. Flavor is citrusy, floral and sweet, some pineapple and very faint mint, and some yeast esters on the otherwise bitter and spicy finish. The best bitter in the world? I'm not sure about that, but it was enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2003
Nose is intense sharp hops and it shines through on the palate. Syruppy, sharp hoppyness, and a bit one dimensional, not really elegant or rounded or anything, just a bunch of phat, syruppy, cloying hops that kick you in the face. Let down by the lack of balance and complexity, there is lots of flavour there, but its a bit ugly, not too bad though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 An amber beer with a sweet hoppy nose and an adhesive head. Nice light aroma of cara-malt. Twinge of hoppy floralness with nice malt balance. An outstanding beer with exceptional balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Rich malty aroma - caramel and some dried fruits. Perfect appearance for an ESB, brilliant amber with a frothy white head that laced the glass. Flavor matches the aroma, dominated by malt with some fruity esters. Decent hop bitterness, but no hop flavor or aroma. Body is pretty full, carbonation is a little high for a bitter, but it hides the alcohol well. A well-crafted, malty ESB. It fits the style well, although my personal preference is for a little more hops in the flavor and aroma.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brettsbarley (2) - murray, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2003 does not count
This is a great beer. i think you can only get it on tap at schlafly but it is well worth the drive. The atmosphere at schlafly is great they have about 10-15 beers on tap usualy and all of them are good. The food is great too. If you are ever in St. Louis be sure to stop in at Schlafly and grab a pint.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Starts of full and kind of creamy, some lightly sweet malts full of fruits. Finish is all about the hops - sides of tongue and even on the roof of my mouth. Good head and great lacing. Very nice ESB - I want another!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2003
I had this on tap in St. Louis, but I'm rating the bottle I brought back. Beautiful amber color out of the bottle with nice foamy off-white head that left tons of sticky lace on the glass. Lots of hop bitterness in the initail taste and long into the finish. Fruity flavors of peach and citrus ride on the sweet malt backbone. Very nice beer.


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