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RATINGS: 323   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 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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3870) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2016
A really good ESB. More hops than I typically like in an ESB, but the pineyness is pretty appealing. Nice, caramel backbone. Picked up in Chicago in 2016.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (801) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Clear reddish mahogany, white head. Light brown sugar, grain. Some light biscuity notes. Grass. Quite bitter, a good bit of sweetness. Medium body, some light oiliness, an amount of acidity, some carbonation. Some alcohol. Quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5262) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, with an off white head. Grain, caramel, malty, kind of bitter, stale bread, sweetness, and some grass clippings. Meh ok.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (697) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting. Dark orange pour, hazy, thin tan head. Smells like malt sugars and burnt caramel. The taste is bitter-sweet, with notes of malt sugars, citrus hops, some pine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (835) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAR 23, 2016
Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is floral with caramel malts. Taste follows with caramel, some fruity esters and hops, finishes on the bitter side. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice and easy drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
justsayswell (260) - Mission, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Cloudy brownish amber pour with a soft white head. Nose is salted caramel, raisin, pine/resin hops. Medium mouthfeel. Resinous hop with a sweet and salty malt backdrop. Tasty ESB.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (872) - 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 (530) - 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. It’s 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 (3332) - 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 (620) - 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 Fuller’s ESB and you’ll taste what I’m 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.


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