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Trafalgar ESB (Extra Special Bitter)

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Brewed by Trafalgar Ales & Meads
Style: Bitter
Oakville, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Good things brewing since 1993. Trafalgar Ales & Meads. Savour a classic Pub-style Bitter from one of Ontario’s oldest, most innovative Craft Brewers. We always strive to brew fresh and flavourful beers that stay true to style, and are never boring. Why drink the usual, when you can drink the extraordinary? Cheers!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1637) - AUSTRIA - SEP 14, 2014
Crystal malt all around. Amber with a nice white thin head. Smells of caramel with dark berries, malt, and some soft hops. Tastes of caramel at first with a dry bitter that washes away to a lingering caramel sweetness. Nice and sweet overall with decent complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RxForHealth (155) - - SEP 5, 2014
500 mL bottle. Beautiful brown amber pour. Some lacing and little head. Nutty and hoppy aroma that continues on the tongue. Bitter and creamy. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
On tap @ the brewpub in Oakville. Ruddy amber hue, tan head. Nice toasty caramel malts, a bit nutty, some tea, low bitterness. This beer had noticeably more body than many of Trafalgar’s other brews that I’ve tried, and even though it is rather simple, I enjoyed it. Haven’t had the bottle version.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle. Pungent spicy and earthy hops with some toffee and wet cardboard. Clear bronze under a white ring and patch. Bitter toffee flavour with some earthy hops flavour, but lackluster.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Canmoore (258) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
Pours a rich copper colour, with very little head. Aroma notes are quite earthy, with notes of toffee, spice, and caramel. Tasting notes include graham crackers, toffee, spice, and a smooth bitter finish. This is a decent beer, and would try again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2389) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a near clear amber brown with small, soapy off-white head. Aroma is toasty caramel and biscuit with some earthy bitterness. Flavour is toasty grains, toffee and earthy bitterness. Lightly carbonated. One of Trafalgar’s better offerings.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Freaky_tiki (549) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2013
Another earthy offering. I like what these guys are doing. Their nose is less in the business plan & more in the adventure. Worth it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2285) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Originally rated January 2010. Bomber bottle from the LCBO, cellared for a year. Pours a golden-orange colour with lots of little bubbles for carbonation. Huge off-white head that is fluffy with maximum retention and full of lace. Good aromas of the fuggles hop with some notes of nutty and caramel malts. A nice balance again in the flavours, with the caramel malt and the hop. A mild bitterness is present all the way through and into the aftertaste. Notes of nuts, light fruits (oranges, apples) A shock for a brew from Trafalgar... beautiful looking, no infection, very well-balanced all-over. Probably the best beer brewed by this brewer and an excellent overall ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
Bouteille 500ml. de couleur cuivrée-brune et claire. Nez malté de caramel sucré avec des notes de céréales rôties, moyen de houblon floral aux notes herbeuses, terreuses et citriques, léger de biscuits avec des notes fruitées (agrumes) et de noix. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture moyennement huileuse. Notes fruitées (agrumes) et accompagné d’un léger goût de noix et de biscuits ainsi que quelques traces épicées (poivre doux) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de caramel sucré aux notes rôties avec un léger goût de butterscotch. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve une légère-moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillées), légèrement floral et terreux avec de petites notes citriques jusqu’en finale. Post-goût moyen, léger-moyen amer de houblon herbeux, légèrement floral et aux notes terreuses avec un léger goût de noix et des notes rôties.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dandeman (505) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
Tasted Feb 2012 Aroma: Lemon and orange, mainly hoppy aromas. Appearance: Hazy brown with a mix of frothy and creamy head, average lasting, no lacing. Taste: Very lemony attack, even perfumed, with notes of orange. A bugging metallic aftertaste and a very unpleasant acidity is coming out of it. Bad bottle? Not like the ESB’s I tasted before.


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