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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9602) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2003
red-amber colour, fine head and a nice lace, caramel aroma with notes of cherry, good malt body with a solid bitterness, long bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
This has a big rich grainy malt nose, along with a thick and creamy beige-white head that lasts quite a long time. It has a clear light amber-orange color profile that thins a touch around the edges. The smooth start hides a wicked hop spike that stabs you suddenly right in the middle and lingers through the aftertaste. The bitter spike seems a little out of place compared the other malty sweetness that is rolling around. All in all, a unique American ESB. Thanks igneousboy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 Beautiful amber color with lasting thin foamy head, syrup smell with with buttery carmel malty taste. Very nice. What a special break when you think it will never stop snowing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2003
A lingering sticky cream-colored head tops a clear, bright deep amber body. The aroma is mellow malts, toffee and maple. The Hops offer up a slightly piney character. The flavor is sweet but not cloying. Reminds me of toast or biscuits with maple syrup or maybe just pancakes. The bittering hops balance the beer nicely. This is a great well-made beer but doesn't provide the chewy maltiness of the Fuller's.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
good looking creature of transparent golden orange and frothy cream lather..biscuity hop aroma with a hint of carmel..flavor was buttery with big notes of carmel..real buttery mouthful with lots of drippy carmel and a solid bitter hop backbone..full bodied..nice bitterness..defintely takes advantage of all areas of the toungue with the addition of carmel sweetness and peanut skin saltiness..Great ESB

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Ahh, this is what an ESB should be. Carmel colored in appearance and clear. Malty and flavorful(of hops). Buttery monthfeel. Slight malty sweetness on the finish. Hey can I have another?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Growler: Light golden brown. . .very nice amount of head. . .wonderful bitter flavours all around, great fresh hops, clean finish, I could drink this beer all day, all night. . .all week. . .

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Exquisite clear amber color w/ a long lasting off white head. Slightly sweet nose, the flavor begins malty & finishes w/ a nice balance of hops. This is an excellent beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 An easy call as one of the top 3 Bitters ever in my book. Quite different than Alemith's (and Ballast Point's for that matter) in it's hoppiness. It also shows incredible maltiness and freshness. Mine was bottled on 10/30/2002 and it might have well been yesterday. Deep tangy malt, huge hop presence everywhere, exceptional lacing and body, and a crisp sharpness that must be imparted by the rye (I'm guessing). Clean clear and wonderful and a great seasonal surprise sent by the St. Louie wunderkind -- btw, love the cat and the computer screen in the background. If I lived anywhere near St. Louis i would purchase this by the case. A better all-around challenging beer for everyday drinking than El Toro's fine selections. I love this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2002
A very satisfying and pleasant ESB. The aroma is light and sweet with a touch of soft hops. The flavors start malty and have that touch of rye. There is a nice hop finish with a warming, lasting finish. Soft, smooth, splendid. Just outstanding. Thanks Jake Barnes.


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