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RATINGS: 958   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Anvil ESB is our interpretation of a traditional British-style pub ale. Deep amber in color, a toasty character from British malts and a touch of kettle caramelization blend seamlessly with a mild English hop profile. Its delicate balance of flavors will keep you coming back pint after pint, making it a complex creation were proud to call our flagship beer.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2005
22oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian - Pours dark amber with minimal sudsy dirty white head. Aroma is a nice mix of rich caramel malts and beautiful citrus hops. Also I get some definite toasted almond aroma coming through. Flavor is bread, toasted malts, more almonds, caramel, a bit of licorice flavor as well. Nice dry floral hoppy finish. Palate is medium bodied and smooth. Crisp and clean on the palate. Easy to drink. I think this could be my everyday beer if I lived on the West Coast. Very enjoyable!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - OCT 19, 2005
nice dark amber pour, and a tiny white soapy head. citrusy hop aroma. well balanced flavor with a good malty base with a bit of citrusy hops. medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. i want to try this on cask sometime.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a clear copper color, small white head. Aroma is light toasted malt, caramel and notes of cherries and almonds. Flavor is a nice balance of tasted malts, and english hops. Fruity and slightly bitter body with a dry finish. Thanks to Peter Zien for the sample!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (9694) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
This pale amber ale poured with a short off-white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was of caramel. There was a slightly sweet initial flavor, with a clean bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarvenAle (6) - USA - OCT 16, 2005 does not count
This is the first real beer i have tried. I spent most of my life just drinking MGD, Mickeys and those type of beers. I cam across this website and decided i would go get myself a good beer and see what i have been missing out on. I found out AleSmith was reputaple and was very near me so i went down and picked up this and two others. I enjoyed this one alot. It poured an ambery/light brown with a small tan head. Flavor had a hint of caramel and some others. Overall i enjoyed this much more than any of the "piss beers" and cant wait to try more.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (6002) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Lightly hazed dark amber color with a smaller foamy light tan head. Aromas of earthy malt, dough, flowers (rose and petunia) and fruit (apricots). Interesting aromas that dont seem to mix well with me. Seems oxidized (papery), but this should be a reasonably fresh bottle. Earthy english malts hit the flavor sensors running. Mild floral hops and a slightly strong citric and licorice flavors balance the malts. Yeasty flavors some in late and dry thinks out. A middle of the road type bitter to me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Tiny hiss as the cap come off, pouring a clear, opulent copper color with a short, creamy tan head and cascading lace. Aroma is nice, deep and rich, pronounced with baguettes, honeyed hops, caramel, toffee chews and a scant trace of unrefined cocoa. Flavor resonates well. Pecans, pralines, barnyard barley and oats. Numerous, harmonious nutty and sweet libations. Cedar chest woodsy smoothness with a subtle piney bitterness, rounded out with sweetening from English toffee and butterscotch. Smooth and sublime palate feel. Carbonation is toned down but thats clearly intended. Finishes with toffee and a calming bitterness that seems to perform a tiny titillating socket dance on each individual taste bud. Tasty stuff. Thanks to tpkenned for the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Thanks to Peter of AleSmith for opening and sharing a bottle at GABF Dark golden amber color tall off white small bubbled head w/ great lacing. English smell light carmel light toffee very smooth. Smooth light creamy palate. Very smooth taste lightly bitter w/ a solid malt back. Everything about this beer was well balanced and smooth.. a perfect session beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2386) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
Orange/amber in colour with a slightly lower than average carbonation level. Aromas are quite fruity from both the yeast and the fruity-floral English (maybe Goldings) hops. Theres a good balance between the caramel malt and hop flavors, and some additional mineral and yeast notes too. The mouth feel is quite unusual: very smooth and rounded... almost salty, but not overly heavy. It was great with steak.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Pours a darker copper with a frothy cream-colored head. Aroma of malts and yeast. Taste is a lighter ESB, with a pleasant bitterness. Stong malt and yeast make for a crisp bite with an easy aftertaste. Doubles as a great marinade for streaks.


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