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RATINGS: 333   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.


3.3
   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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Just found last falls version on sale for $4 a sixer. I was very pleased to try this. Very strong malt and even more hop.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Big time hops blow away the malt in this quality ESB. My bottle (tasted in March) might have been a little old. Looking forward to retaste upon the October 31st release of the 2002 edition!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 Orange-amber color, fluffy white head that leaves a nice lasting lace. Sweet malt aroma, soft and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-Full bodied, very balanced with a taste of rye and caremel. The hops really stand out in the end. The is best one this brewery has to offer.

4
   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 I’ve had. I’ve always been a big fan of Schlafly and they didn’t 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 (1506) - 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 (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2001
Intensely rich... Has a huge hop bitterness that’s 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.


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