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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20239) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2009
Bottled@HBF2009 (Thanks Tomas Czarnecky!). Hazy golden colour, mediumssized white head. Grassy and hoppy aroma along iwth some caramel malts, biscuits and mild fruityness. Flavour is grassy/fruity hops with big dryness to it. Also caramel malts giving it some sweetness. Wellbalanced and drinkable ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19218) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12448) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2009
Bottled (HBF2009, bottled 12.05.2008). Clear amber color, steady off-white head. Bready, a bit juicy aroma. Sweet caramelly malty and bready, ryeish American hops. A bit fizzy. More like APA than ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2003
Orangey-amber. Hazy. Wispy white head. Chewy, caramelly earthiness and mango fruitiness in the aroma. The palate is rich and woody, playing off again light tropical fruitiness. Caramelly, rich maltiness in the back. Long, sweetish, earthy finish. Robust rendition of the style, to say the least.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2003
(bottled 11/6/03) Crystal clear amber body with tiny beige head, leaves dense lacing. Aroma is rich, sweet floral and cantaloupe, some caramel. Taste is earthy, floral, rye, dry finish. Medium-full body with nice chewiness. Many thanks Hopscotch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
12 oz bottle-thanks Paul-pours an off white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet light/medium malt-bready/caramel. Taste is sweet light/medium malt-bready/caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/10/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

hazy amber, wispy white head, nice spicy hop aroma, nice hop flavor on a good caramel malt base, nice bitterness well balanced with a touch of sweetness, long flavorful finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: **+/4

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10755) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle from Acknud. Many thanks!! Hazy orange apricot pour with a decent off-white head. Aroma of fruity hop. Near full bodied with very mild carbonation. Flavor is light fruit over caramel malt. It has a bit of tang not typical of an English ESB. Finishes dry, fruity and a tad spicy. Just excellent. This was bottled on 11/25/2007, so it may have improved with time. It’s really good now.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle from Party Town, KY. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet malty flavor with a smooth tingly bitter finish of average duration. Solid drinkable flavorful brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Draft. Deep golden color, small white head, solid lacing. Aroma of white pepper. Taste is bitter and peppery, a proper bitter, but with fuller body.


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