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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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10011) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The nose is sweet and rich with a nice, floral burst. Notes of honey and caramel. This sparkling clear amber beer has an off-white, medium-sized frothy head. Partially lasting with decent lacing. Well-balanced flavor. Malty and rich up front, but well-hopped and somewhat bitter and citrusy on the backside. Between light and medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Long, bitter, crisp, dry finish. A terrific offering from the St. Louis Brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Re-Rate 12/05/02 Off of cask this beer is just insane! I won’t change my rating since it’s hard to get off of cask but if you’re in St. Louis in the winter stop by the brewery and pick some up. Extremely soft mouthfeel with lots of rye/biscuit/cookie flavors. Great hoppy finish. This was outstanding. Off of cask i would give this a 17/20. One of the better ESB’s i’ve had (although no Crooked River). You can taste the rye and feel it in the mouthfeel. Good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Instantly, easily the best midwestern beer I’ve had. Even better than Two Hearted Ale. Big delicious creamy substantive body, a big aroma with an odd array of hops besting the very present malt aromas. Hoppy belches sweetly. More in between 90-Minute and Anchor Steam than akin to Fullers. This is an APA or IPA. Bits of cookie and astringent herbs. Long and lingering. A fabulous beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Light copper color and crystal clear. Light cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Fruity with moderate caramel malt and nicely balanced hops in the nose. Slightly citric hop aroma and flavor. Somewhat striking initial bitterness backed up by a strong caramel and slightly toffee-ish malt flavor. Nice little zing from the rye. Medium body. The flavor really stays with you a long time after you swallow. A tad bitter but overall quite nicely balanced. Good stuff! Thanks to igneousboy for this one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jasonkpe99 (3) - Affton, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2002 does not count
Great beer, my favorite Schlafly. Nice hops, but clean and gentle at the same time, making it (maybe too?) easy to drink...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20758) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2002
Bottled. Amber coloured. Grassy flowery hop aroma. Very malty. Saltyand resiny with really bitter finish. A more than solid ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Copper pour with a off white head.Malty nose with a hint of floral hops. First sip reveals that I want a big gulp of this. Nice bitterness but is nicely balanced. This would make a great everyday drinker.Thanks to maxpower for this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Well, they got the bitter part right. an all around good beer, but it is tough to call this an ESB

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