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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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 youíre 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. Wouldnít mind picking one up next year. But if its replaced by another 1-off, I wonít complain.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (867) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Nicely done. Pours golden orange with an off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet malt. Medium bodied, nice English base. Light hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (239) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle sent as part of a surprise box from starcross -- thanks a ton, Clint! This beer tastes a lot like the image on the bottle. Itís got a British base, but taken to an extreme level, just like the mecha-Horatio Nelson on the label. Tons of malt flavor with a lot of clove and fruits, and a good amount of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. A good (just not at all traditional) American ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
edgallow (3190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Pours amber with a off white head. Aroma is pine, citrus with some caramel in the background. Taste is caramel, citrus, apricot, and pine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tillmac62 (565) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2016
BOD 9/24/15. Clear amber pour with a slight garnet cast. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Rather light but nice nose of citrus (orange), a touch of spruce spiciness, tea and grainy biscuit with a bit of caramel. Light medium body that is smooth with a touch of oiliness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a stronger burst in the finish. Quite nice flavor profile, but not quite up to snuff compared to the outstanding classic English bitters, such as Fullers (which is world class). Hop flavors present are predominately tea, whilst light citrus floats around a bit. The rich heavily caramel background is a bit out of balance lending the bitterness to not cut and slash in a sharp crisp fashion characteristic of the style. Do a side by side with Fullerís ESB and youíll taste what Iím saying. The middle bitterness is a bit muted for the style and does add apricot flavor, as advertised. The finish is a slow sweet fade. This beer is quite nice and very flavorful. As a pale ale I would score it outstanding, but as an ESB - it misses the mark.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Hazy dark caramel with big, frothy, beige head, decent lacing / Bright nose of citrus, pine, sugar / Light to medium body, sweet, hoppy but not overly so, balanced, light bitterness on finish / Muted, lightly cooked flavors of spun sugar, grapefruit, apricot, pine, toast / Solid, maybe not one of the better from 3F.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6365) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle thanks to Deyholla. Reddish pour with a small white head. Spruce. Spicy hoppiness. Caramel. Red apple. Flavor of orange peel and spruce. Fairly hoppy. Dry spicy finish. Chewy malt. Toast. Pretty active carb. Basically a hoppy Amber. Fine for what it is.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dal9000 (400) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2016
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby red murky with a sticky thick head. Aroma of sweet hoppy caramel. Initial taste of malty caramel. Thin mouth feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a deep ruby mahogany color With a nice off white head that fades to a film and thicker collar, leaving some good lace behind. The aroma is very fruity. There is a lot of apricot and juiciness to accompany a lightly bitter malt on the back end. It's not really the bitter I was expecting, but it's different... Kind of like everything Three Floyds does. Not necessarily a good thing. The flavor is interesting. There is a little bittering to the malt that happens on the back end that reminds me of an unsweetened tea. It's got a decent flavor and a light bittering to it. It's sweet up front and then slowly over through a lightly bitter finish. It's not bad. Not that great. The mouth feel is a little viscous and lightly carbonated with a lingering sweet malt backed up by a light bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (774) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is a nice sweet malt, juicy hops, candy sugar, bitter. Appearance is dark amber, a very light tan head. Taste is malt bomb, a bit of hops, a lot of tea flavors, some orange peel, pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation. Overall, one of the best ESBs out there.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emusche (127) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Pours copper with a decent white head; not much lacing present. Aromas of citrus, apricot, and piney hops with notes of caramel maltiness and stone fruits. Taste is more subtle; caramel, biscuit, some raisin/plum notes, little if any apricot present in the taste. Not my favorite 3F offering but for an ESB style itís quite good.


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