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Trafalgar ESB (Extra Special Bitter)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jksipa (786) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle from the brewery. Clear dark copper with a small white head (after a very aggressive pour) that fades quickly to a sheet leaving minimal lace. Nose is caramel and bread with a little bit of nuttiness. Light toffee sweetness with a moderate hop bitterness along with some tea. Mouth is medium thin with very soft carbonation which I expected as soon as I popped the cap (not sure if it has gone flat or if this is the nature of the beast). Just OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
czar (7713) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2015
pours almost clear light amber reddish with a small off-white cap showing minimal retention and lacing. plain caramel and toasted maltiness, faint fruitiness, spices, dirt - strong earthy character in fact, pepper. average carbonation, light body - watery; pungent/unbalanced grassy-spicy-earthy finish. weak yet kind of decent for a trafalgar offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinsenn (1993) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle, received as a gift. Toffee aroma with something off about it, which I can’t put my finger on. The taste is a reasonably good English ale. Good body. Drinkable, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (12695) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
Draft - Biscuity malts. Clear gold with a rich beige head. Biscuity notes and nice bitterness. A long mellow bitter finish. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsandBolts (258) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
500 ml bottle from the LCBO. Appearance: Pours a clear copper colour with a finger of white head that is gone very quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma: Malt, caramel, bread. Flavours: Caramel, bread, malt, hint of hops. Mouthfeel: Thin with almost no carbonation. Overall: An okay ESB but there is an issue with the almost complete lack of carbonation. I’ve tried a number of Trafalgar beers recently and have noticed almost all of them had little to no carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RxForHealth (179) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9541) - 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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
asheft (2960) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Canmoore (405) - 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.

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