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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
For the first ever SweetWater anniversary beer (yeah it took us 15 years), we went back to our roots, dusted off our original ESB recipe, and gave it a big ol’ bump. The recipe consists of 7 malts, one of which Kevin toasted personally in his toaster oven, just like the old days, and 5 different styles of hops. In true Sweetwater style, there is no style, but it’s big, bold, and meant to grow old, meaning this beer will be fantastic out of the gate, or you can lay her down in the cellar for many years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guyute_Pig (103) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, herbal hops, raisins and toasted malts. Taste of honey, big malt with a nice dose of hops coming through. Agree it is a huge ESB bordering on Barley Wine. Does get a little boozed up as it warms. Very nice balanced offering. Curious what this would be like cellared for a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle pours a cloudy amber with a thin off white head. Scent is sweet toasted malts. Taste is sweet malts, bread and honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Momo’s Pizza - on tap. Dark orange pour with nice bubble action, off-white sticky head that leaves a brief coat of lacing. Aroma has some maple syrup accents, a hint of brown sugar. Flavor has some bourbon-like booziness, some candied sugar, maple syrup, a touch of citrus and a back end of cinnamon. Finish turns a bit boozy as it warms up. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. A pint of this was enough!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2012
An amber color with a white head. Aroma has dark fruit, caramel, biscuit, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with a strong malt presence. This is indeed an ESB on roids. This is close to a barleywine except maybe a little hopppier. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Huge beer. Sweet, fruity - Sweetarts and lightly floral aroma. Hazy, rusty beer with a filmy off-white head. Very sweet and boozy at times, woody with very decent hopping. The alcohol provides most of the bitterness in the finish. Solid, slightly heavy mouth. Enjoyable, a really good brew. Momo’s, on tap, UVA/FSU game with Don, Tim, Shep, Richard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Big thanks to GAManiac. Brilliant red-amber with light tan head that dissipates rather rapidly. Soft citrus/light pine with dried dark fruit, caramel malt, and toasted malt. Citrus bitterness gives way to a pleasantly sweet malt backbone of toasted malt and some dark fruit. Light lingering bitterness and fruit. Some noticeable alcohol with light burn, but not overly detracting. In some ways it reminds me a bit of Lord Admiral Nelson from FFF. Maybe a tad sweeter and less dry. A success.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJackalope (30) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Fresh out of the store, poured into Tall glass. Aroma, color taste were all vibrant. The first taste was through a nice 2 inch head. Smooth and then a powerful blast of flavor, ending in a hoppy, mild, grapefruit flavor, layered in the smoke from the toaster oven roasted ingredients. Wonderful brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours out a red color without much of a head. Smell is sweet and slightly hoppy. Odd taste that is mostly just alcohol burn. Sweet and pretty thuck, not reslly good for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2012
bomber. Tan copper ale. Thin head. Silky body is English ESB on super hop juice. Thick, honey?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VeeDubber (21) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Aroma- Very little aroma. Just a very faint hop smell. Appearance- A nice bronze or rust color. What little head there was, did not last at all. Taste- A slight matliness on the front of the palate with astringency, followed a by some medium hoppiness. Hops linger on the palate for a long time. Overall- I was hoping for more maltiness and to me is a little over hopped. I did expect this from Sweetwater though. Its drinkable, but nothing spectacular.

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