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RATINGS: 348   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2003
Pours amber with a good size head, but with thin lacing. Good hops in the aroma and flavor.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9156) - 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.

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

   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.

   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

   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.

   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

   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.

   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!

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