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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (753) - - JUL 20, 2013
Light brown pour with a finger of head. Aroma of bread, lemon, caramel. Taste of lemon, grapefruit, bread, toffee, fairly sweet, good malt backbone. Medium body, average carbonation. nice sessioner that I would never have guessed was 6.8%

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden/amber with white head amd ok lacing. Aroma of malts, caramel, if i try very hard i can find some faded hops too. Taste is pretty much malts, caramel, a bit of cookies, light earthy hops. Pretty sweet for a ESB, low to medium body and medium carb. Pretty boring stuff. Might be a bit old.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (1680) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle 12oz. Pours golden/ ligth brown with low off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of malt, sugar, milk, cake. Taste is of malt, sligth bitterness, fruits, spices, english hops. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Good, tasty, malty. Balance not too shabby. A mellow beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3063) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
Bouteille de 12oz. Embouteillée avec amour le 9 janvier 2013. Merci Patrick. Belle robe cuivrée avec une mousse blanche. Un nez tout en malt avec du caramel à souhait. Une touche de houblon arrive à percer ce mur de malt. La bouche est sucrée, tout en malt caramel. Un finale sucrée qui nous fait oublier qu’il y a Bitter dans le nom ESB.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (2615) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). Clear golden/amber with particles, small white head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of caramel, fruits, malt... but mostly fainted. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet with caramel, fruits, malt and light bitterness. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Watery. Certainly past his prime...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlovakSniper (3014) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
Une bouteille sur laquelle est inscrite la date suivante: 01 09 2013. Au versement, une robe cuivrée et une mousse qui persiste et qui signe une dentelle. Un nez qui porte les stigmates d’un malt caramélisé et fruité. Une bouche marquée par un lot malté fatigué et par quelques houblons américanisés. En bouche, un liquide de moyenne densité avec ses bulles serrées et sa texture légèrement crémeuse. Une finale qui passe presque inaperçue avec ses notes presque insaisissables. Tout compte fait, à la lumière de cette judicieuse commission d’enquête, une bière somme toute agréable qui n’est surtout pas au sommet de sa forme.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (1609) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into an english pint glass. Pours light aroma with small white head. Medium lacing, medium body, medium/low carbonation, and nice herbal hop aroma. Taste is nice caramel malt with some herbal hops to balance. One of the best ESBs I have had, up there with Fullers ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AbbeyRoade (280) - Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 First rating 4/16/2013: caramel, roasty, cereal aroma with a hint of sweetness. Pours golden/amber and with a nice off-white head. Taste is malty and only slightly sweet with low carbonation and similar taste to its aroma. Overall a good drink- medium-heavy body, refreshing. Aftertaste is a bit long. Second rating 12/1/2013: At Schlafly Bottleworks. Very fresh. Willamette hops impart a mild acidity and nice hop aroma. Sweet malts and almost no bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5857) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2013
75 cl bottle @ HBF2010.
Originally rated on 20100409.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of hops, resin, caramel and fruits. Flavor of hoppy fruits, caramel and malts. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1029) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Good, not great. Cloudy orange-brown with white head. Aroma of hops and citrus leaning toward lemon rind. Taste is sweet citrus and a little bitter hops. I like it.


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