RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A beautifully colored amber ale, Roland’s is loyal to the line of Extra Special Bitters from which it takes its pedigree. The effervescent head releases the spicy aroma and flavor of Cascade hops that accompany the the big malty sweetness of Crystal malt and Roasted barley. The result is a complex medium-bodied beer with a champion flavor reminiscent of cinnamon and caramel. This is a stud of a brew perfect for sharing one or two or three or four with old friends.

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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Draft. Off-white head atop clear dark amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, strong crystal malt presence, caramel, orange. Light-medium body, low carbonation, low acidity.

fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Ancient backlog. Aroma of raspberry, other sweet red fruits, nougat, caramel malt, toffee chips, marzipan, some plum-ish fruits, overall malty, fruity, desserty. Flavor predominantly sweet malty with an edge of tartness; tangy sweet with popping fruit and juicy malt. Very drinkable despite all the sweetness, didn’t seem particularly sugary to me. Tasty stuff.

unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On tap @ Asheville Pizza. Medium copper color. Smooth aroma of simple malt. A nice ale. Flavor is light malt. Smooth, creamy. Very light bodied. Extremely sessionable.
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Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Serving: Draft. Appearance: Hazy, deep amber with a froathy, white head. Left great lacing. Aroma: Very light nose that on first inspection makes me think this is dry hopped. A little earthy grass note along with light caramel and cracker notes from the malt. Taste: Caramel, bready, some earthiness, and a mild hop bitterness that is a little floral and grassy. Nothing truly amazing here. Palate: Medium-low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Short finish. Overall: Okay, but not all that memorable. Rebuy: Nah.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Pours a deep copper color with an off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, crystal malts, biscuit, and grassy floral hops. Flavor is strong crystal malts, toast, some biscuit, and bitter grassy finish.

DialSquare (4963) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2009
from a tap sampler at the coxe ave location: copper pour with thin white head. aroma of bread caramel and hops. toasty toffee and vanilla taste. swear I tasted some cinnamon in there. pretty good.

biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Draft at the downtown location. Another pretty tasty but not particularly memorable brew. At least these styles go well with pizza, as compared to something huge that would overwhelm.

cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Grainy, caramel aroma with moderate citrus hops. More of the same in flavor, bready, slightly nutty, mild sweetness, caramel and a fairly bitter backbone and finish. Med mouthfeel, nice carbonation.

Drake (13637) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Pours a light caramel brown color with a small head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty with an odd citrus note and faint hops in the background. Taste is sweet malts and faint leafy hops. Thin bodied.

Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Hazy dark amber pour with HUGE ’frog eye’ off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Grainy, malty, and cascade flavor. Wasn’t a real big fan of this one.

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