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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Our first ever and most beloved brew, ESA helped establish a following for cask-conditioned beer in the United States back in the Ď90s. East Kent Golding hops give this English style ale a subtle spiciness, which compliments its strong malt backbone. Hints of chocolate and caramel round out this deep chestnut colored ale. Floral, earthy, smooth.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2003
020711 case code (Why no bottling date?); December 20, 2002 tasting notes: The strangest ESB ever; pours very dark with a light-colored head. Initial banana, then chocolate, then a hint of vodka-like alcohol. Less of the funky, musty malt taste here than in other, earlier Yard's offerings, and much hoppier than those same offerings. Still, very strange, yet very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Thanks to dberger624 for this fine ESB. This one has all of the good attributes any decent ESB should have. Pours a rich amber color with a somewhat foamy off-white head. Thin lacing. Sharp hops aroma. Nicely austere flavor that is both crisp and gratifying. Bitterness is not too harsh but it is definitely there. More complex that a lot of ESBs and I appreciated that.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Had this from hand pump at their XMas party. Was more hoppy thn when I had it before, thatís a good thing. Nice solid bitter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcarroll2 (28) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Great ESB, very complex with a nice balance of bitter & fruity flavors, excellent head that remained throughout, with a nicely hopped finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sockeye (4) - USA - NOV 18, 2002 does not count
Very nice beer in the style of an English bitter. Have had hand-drawn cask conditioned batches that seem to be a bit hit-or-miss. Maybe the beer engines havenít been kept clean at some of the Philly bars where Iíve had sour-tasting Yardís. In a bottle, itís consistently a fine, fresh, beer with a nice balance of bitter and fruity flavors with a nice malty finish.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2002
I donít know if it was because it was a cold rainy night in Philly but I just love the taste of this hand pumped beer. Great stuff!! John

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2002
This stuff is wicked. Beatiful color, bottle conditioned, very tasty. When I poured it, the sediment on the bottom poured out in a thick clump and plopped into the bottom of my glass. It looked like a hairball. Totally sweet, dude. Rich, hoppy (but not overly), and altogether one of the best bitters Iíve had in a while. Quite complex.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2002
Wow this was a great beer. Yards claims that some of their beers are bitter but I dont taste it. This Ale was absolutly wonderful. Yards kicking ass again!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2002
It was ok, not great and no where near bad. I will drink if offered but donít think I will buy it much.


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