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RATINGS: 341   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 ‘90s. 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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2011
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is yeasty, slight smoked and caramelish. Bitter and roasted malty. Bitter and dry roasted finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2012
Bottled. Amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is herbal, floral and mild grassy notes along with some crystal and bready notes. Flavour is crystal, caramel and some slight bready notes along with a mild nuttyness. Also some nice bitter floral and grassy hops in it. Stronger than the usual UK ESB, but otherwise quite true to the style (in a British way).

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19324) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2011
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Deep ruby, mid sized head. Fruity black currant and hay aroma. Mid sweet with clean, blown up mouthfeel and medium body. Hay complimented by cane sugar. Near inky bitterness. Lack of malt softness in combination with sweetness and high bitterness kills drinkability.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle. Dark copper colour with a small off-white head. Malty dusty hoppy aroma. Sweet malty hoppy bitter flavor, with some hints of pine needles. Dry malty finish with some bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2002
Dark amber w/a finger of foam; Aromatic elements: currants, nutmeg, flowers, caramel apples, hops - northdowns maybe?); similar palate, great yeast notes; complex, flavourful, lovely stuff.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours a clear amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of nuts, toasted grain, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, citrus, earth, and florals with a moderately bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2003
(SCBE2003): Clear amber with big beige head. Aroma is earthy, light sweet, caramel. Taste is light sweet, caramel, before strong earthy bitterness takes over, light floral and light grapefruit. Medium body, slightly chewy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Extra Special Ale-Ben Franklin Ale-on tap- 3.4 -Ben Franklin Ale-12 oz bottle-pours a big thick foamy tan head. Color is a clear copper/orange. Aroma is fruit, malt, hops. Taste is a nice balance of malt&hops. Refreshing, good occasional beer. 3.2

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/08/1997
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival

dark amber, rich earthy malt aroma, mild malt flavor with just a touch of bitterness,
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clear dark amber, whispy beige head, rich caramel malt aroma with light floral hops, light malt flavor, mostly dry, nice floral hop flavor and a long bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
A dark reddish amber ale with a thick creamy dark moka head. In aroma, light sweet caramel malt with herbal hops and cinnamon notes. In mouth, a nutty caramel, lightly roasted with nice fruity esters. Medium bodied. On tap at PA Flavor, April 9th, 2011.


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