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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.


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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2011 Pours rich amber golden brown with a fluffy white head. Smells very malty, sweet and rye. Tastes sweet and malty, follows the nose, and seems more like a brown ale than an ESB (in flavor at least). Full-bodied and creamy with very little mouth carbonation, Schlafly Winter ESB finishes smooth and a little sweet; more like an ESB-brown ale blend.

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.

4.7
   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...

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brettsbarley (2) - murray, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2003 does not count
This is a great beer. i think you can only get it on tap at schlafly but it is well worth the drive. The atmosphere at schlafly is great they have about 10-15 beers on tap usualy and all of them are good. The food is great too. If you are ever in St. Louis be sure to stop in at Schlafly and grab a pint.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2008
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.

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

4.5
   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.

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, 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.


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