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RATINGS: 345   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redtechnj (223) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Appearance- Clear dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma- slightly smokey, caramel malt,a touch sweet. Flavor- Dry roasted malts, crisp bright mouth feel, nice tangy bitter finish. Slightly tart.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
matty (218) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep gold color with a slightly off-white head that all but disappears. Aroma is mostly malt with a touch of hop spiciness. Medium body, taste leans to the malt with some hop presence. I get a little roasted malt too. Not crazy about this one but it's not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (4492) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Citrus and a touch of nut in this. Malt has a big profile. Some light sourness. Pours amber with good head and great lacing. Tap at brewpub.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11889) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle at brother Charlie’s bachelor camp-out - CT, October 2013. Pours red-brown with a creamy topping. Tasty, bready, simple. Touches of sugary malts. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. More basic bready malts on the finish, low bitterness, faint leaves and fruit. Basic but tasty and easy-drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Dark brown almost ruby pour. Half a finger of lacing white! Aroma is caramel, a bit of toffee, and dark fruit. Taste is moderately sweet with a bitterness throughout

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a dark amber almost brown. Aroma is thick and full bodied malt with a hint of sweetness. Taste is a sweet and bitter with a thick malt back. Finish is warm. Very good ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1829) - - JUL 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-12-14 - Served on cask in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – The beer is served a deeper amber color with a big off white head. Upon fading the head levels a moderate amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The nose is mainly of roasted malt, but mixed with it are notes of dark fruit (cherry and prune) as well as some light earthy hop aromas. Taste – The taste begins heaviest of roasted malt with some sweeter caramel notes. As the taste advances however the caramel sweet fades and more hop flavors come to the tongue. The hop begins with just some more earthy like flavors, but then lighter floral flavors develop as well. In the end of the taste the roasty flavors and hop flavors with the lack of sweetness leave a slightly bitter aftertaste on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to medium side with the low cask carbonation giving it the classic cask creamy feel. The smoothness of the brew really suits the roasty flavors as well as the more floral and earthy hop flavors and overall suit the beer quite well. Overall – Easy drinking and a pretty good taste. A brew and one to try if you get a chance.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours a lovely rich amber hue. Soft carbonation under a loose foamy head. The beer itself is clear with no haze. A nice aroma of complex malts with sutble nuances of caramelized malts. Hop bouquet of earthy and woody notes. There is a nice pronounced malt character here that is rather complex in it’s additoode. Hops are lightly present, bringing up the rear with a sutble earthy bite. A medium body beer that’s smooth and well rounded. It’s a bit dry with a slight bitter after taste. Classic tasting beer that’s loaded with style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joejames (187) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle to English pint. Pours deep amber, two finger head, moderate lacing. Nose is earthy, fruity. Taste is toasty sweet, earthy bitterness typical of English hops. Medium body, light carbonation, fruity mouth feel. Finishes with notes of toasty malts, dark fruits and an earthy floral little bitter tang at the end. Decent brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2337) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Cask offering at O’Neal’s Pub. The cask variety adds an element of sourness to the normally bitter nature of this beer. Nice woody, dried fruit aroma, more dried fruit in the taste. This is more of a sipper, bringing to mind dubbels and sours. Nice!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
grundsow (90) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Disappointing. Extra dull, just nothing special about this beer. Bland, not hoppy, watered-down taste.


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