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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
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.

4
dlovell2 (2289) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2011
On tap at the biergarden. Amber with white head. Malty hoppy Aroma. Malty grain flavor with hop finish.

3.8
Garbageman (487) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2013
From tap. Pours deep amber in color with little head. Aroma was mild with a sweet caramel note. Taste was caramel and bitter op bite. Balanced.

3.6
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
In terms of palate and appearance this stuff is definitely about par for APC. The hops are about the same consistently citrusy, good, not metallic and icky. What excites me about htis beer more than any of the other APC beers is the really creamy, almost coconutty sweet malts which serve to balance out the bitters. This beer Iwhich I tried at the new brew pub on cox ave. rather than the original APC on Merrimon) is the most complex beer I’ve had from APC and one of the most exciting brews I’ve had out of NC. And best of all the pitchers are only 8 dollars!

3.6
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 ESB’s I’ve encountered, but very well done and worth the drive here if only to sample this beer.

3.5
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.


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