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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2233) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, 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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5720) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1619) - Newport Beach, California, 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.

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