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RATINGS: 329   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
A very good ESB. Nice and clean with lots of hop flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrRain00 (37) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2002
This is the best ESB Iíve had. Iíve always been a big fan of Schlafly and they didnít let me down this time either. I put this ESB in my top 10 favorite beers.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2001
A hearty cold weather brew that sticks with you. A little hoppier than my idea of an English bitter, but still a good effort from a great local brewer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2001
nice beer....more bitterness in the aroma than in the flavor..the hops come out in the aftertaste

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ishi (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2001

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2001
Intensely rich... Has a huge hop bitterness thatís softened nicely by the caramel sweetness... a nice balancing act. Quite the cornucopia of flavors in the mouth. Full of body. Interesting, curious, and enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2001
Incredible! A soft amber color and a modest residual head. The nose is very, very sweet. This ale produces weird raspberry fragrances. The fruit notes continue in the flavor where they mix with caramel malt flavors and a sharp bitterness. The palate leaves behind a nice hop bitter. All and all superb!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2001
Wonderful sweet malt nose, beige head, nice lace, deep amber color and a medium body and moderate carbonation. A very malt sweet start, sugary almost, full top and a real pleasant hop finish that is quite surprising. rye is evident, but not overly so, a real interesting brew from an unknown brewery to me, thanks a million trap.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2436) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Just as good, but a little sweeter than Goose Islandís Anniv. Ale. I believe it is also dry-hopped and you can really feel the rye in the body. It leaves a syrupy layer that coats the mouth. Although the carbonation is too fuzzy. The aftertaste is long and the nice hop burp makes it even longer.


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