RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A beautifully colored amber ale, Rolands 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
This ESB pours a medium copper color from the tap at the brewpub. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is bready and malty, touch of hops. A medium bodied ESB. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are earthy and floral, but kind of subdued. Could use a little more bitterness. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Not bad, not exemplary but a very drinkable bitter. Detectable bitterness throughout, could have used a bit more maltiness, but decent. A great beer with the pizza.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Sampled at ABC.Poured an amber color with a hop aroma. Flavor was hop bitterness with some cereal. Finish was crisp and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Rolands Red ESB
Date: August 13, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: dark amber, frothy beige head, good lace
Aroma: good sweet carmel malt aroma with nice hops to balance
Flavor: flavor has a low bitterness leading to a nice finish, bigger carmel sweetness than the typical esb but it makes for a great drinking beer

Name: Rolands Red ESB
Date: March 31, 2006
picking up more hops in the aroma

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2007
pours a clear amber with off tan head. mildly sweet with a bitter finish. pretty good with the pizza and a movie. fun stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12410) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt. Taste is medium malt, caramel/slight chocolate, secondary hops bite. Mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Draft at APBC. Copper/red body with a thin white head, good retention. Aroma is caramel malt and mellow PNW and Fuggles hops, slight corn character mingling with the citrus. Flavor is sweet bready malts and sturdy hops, light but forward. Slight acidity and caramel in the well rounded finish. Very creamy palate and incredibly drinkable, this beer should be a contender in any competition. Not too similar to most ESBs Ive encountered, but very well done and worth the drive here if only to sample this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Clear copper color with thin off white head. Soft malty caramel aroma and flavor. Maybe a touch of toffee too. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Draught at WBF in Raleigh. Big head, copper appearance, and hoppy aroma. Flavor is malty and hoppy with a dry finish. Lot of grapefruit in aftertaste. I would like th malt kicked up a notch but thats just me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3443) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2006
draught. Red/brown hue with a thin white head. The aroma is thickly of caramel, some papery hops, and bright acidity. Rolands red is mildly biting with an iota of grapefruit and a finish of bark. The acidity clings between sips, but the dense caramel-like malts balance everything out fairly well.

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