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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Three Floyds version of an ESB, this deep amber ale has a complex malt sweetness and pronounced apricot hoppiness. Named after Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2010
$8 bottle from pub. Slightly cheaper elsewhere. [A] This smells like an Alpha king off the bat. Or most any other 3F brew for that matter. Strong juicy citrus, piny tangerine and other tropical fruity quaffs. Hop perfume. Not sure if that is point-worthy anymore. Caramel. Some slight hints of English malt. [A] Pours clear orangish-yellow. The head on the first 1/2 was truly beautiful. Capped until the bottom of the glass. Off-white frothy foam. Excellent retention. Few soapy bubbles. Bottle art kicks ass. [F] - Mouth hits with a strong dose of hops. Mid-body is caramel. Very light bready malt. Fruity with a bitter linger. Not very much depth. Not very "English" to me, either. [P] Bottle served close to cask temperature. Mouth is very thin & hoppy with tingly carbonation. Drinkable. Soft feel, but sharp bite. Not boozy, but astringent enough that you never forget you’re drinking a beer. Highly drinkable in the long run. Cask does sound delicious. [O] 55 IBUs come off a bit stronger than posted. Good thing? I must say I am a tad disappointed in this for some reason. But blindly, it was a nice 3F brew. Bitter where it should be, I guess. Just more normal than "not normal" for me. For a 1-off bottling with only 48 ratings, this seemed to fly off the shelves. Wouldn’t mind picking one up next year. But if its replaced by another 1-off, I won’t complain.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cweade (8) - - MAY 1, 2015 does not count
Great mild butter beer firjjdjdkdkdnxdhjrididjjdjzjjxjxjxjrjkewjdnxnndnx d dubbed db rcevd bdes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7559) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle, purchased at the brewery and shared with Parksy. Hazy amber orange, lasting off white head. Sweet caramel malts, soft peachy hops, big flavour. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sask89 (469) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
On tap at Bangers & Lace. Pours a reddish amber colour, clear, with a frothy white head. Aroma is of bready malts and some citrus hops, though not too pronounced. Taste is malty and mildly sweet with a nice bitter undertone. Medium body, softer carbonation, and smooth and creamy on the palate. Overall a great and unique ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (751) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2015
Pours a clear, darker amber in color with a full white head that settles very slowly. The aroma is malty. Its bready, with toffee, herbal hops, vanilla, and hints of orange. The taste still leans towards malty, although there are some fruits and hops. Toffee, cherry, orange, bread, grassy hops, and some spice. It tastes kind of like fruit juice actually. The aftertaste is cherry and seems to linger for awhile. Light to medium in body, it has a slick texture, and has an average level in carbonation. I find this very easy to drink. It goes down well. This one is different with what it offers. I’d get it again.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2015
this is an esb? you’ve got to be kidding me. hey, floyds, stop tinkering with classic beer styles. this beer makes no sense.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2015
Really just a stunning ESB. Nose is malty, rich, a little hops note, and very enticing. Pours a "dirty" amber, on the darker side, with orange tinge and nice very light tan head. Flavor is a moment of malty sweetness followed by a rush of dryer hoppiness, Very well constructed, tasty, and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhwcinc (1602) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2015
Enjoyed on tap at Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago, IL on a day off, too bad it's cold and grey. Appearance is a moderately clear Amber with a modest white head that laces to the glass. Aroma has a hop abundant profile with light malty notes. Taste is unique, definitely bitter with a bit of lemon, some off flavor that isn't quite agreeing with me, but malty as well. It's ok, not especially feeling this one.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mp_lane (88) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2015
Pours clear amber with hefty beige head that sticks around. Aroma is sweet malt, very nice and fresh. Taste is very sweet and malty as promised. Love this domestic ESB!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle shared with Dave, GOT S5E1 Beer 2. Pours amber. A bit more hop forward than most ESB. Hints of fruit. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2015
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with white head, aroma brought nice notes of pine, grass, citrus into a bit of orange peel, some mango, slight pineapple into some earhty, spicy notes, touch of yeast. Taste was a mix of earth, grain, citrus, and lots of mango, caramel into a bit of pine, slight yeasty notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.


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