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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Extra, extra? You better believe it. We like to say its double extra special. The balance of malt and hops makes it truly one-of-a-kind. Warming malt notes at the onset with a hop kick in the back and opens up to a nice dry finish. Our small batch ESB is a big, strong traditional ale with characteristics that break tradition and a complexity that constantly surprises.

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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (3020) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Nice rich copper-brown color with white head. Roasty-malty aroma. A nice rounded malty ESB with more of those roasted, chewable notes that make it unlike your average, bland ESB.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6599) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2017
Aroma and flavor is pine/grapefruit, malts, fruit and a slightly dry/tart finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2799) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2017
$1.75 bottle from rio wine. Hazy brown. Aroma is citrus including lemon, pine, floral hops, and something else. Flavor is soapy lemon, grapefruit, pine, caramel malt. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
lbianchi66 (379) - FRANCE - NOV 17, 2015
Belle robe cuivre avec une jolie mousse qui tien bien. Armes biscuit, pices, fruits confits.Got caramel, crales, fruits noirs, lgres notes de noix. Aucun final : tout retombe une fois la gorge avale. Dommage, a aurait pu tre une excellente bitter avec un peu de longueur.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Copper amber pout with a khaki head. Aroma of faded hops and sweet malts. Flavor was the same. Little to no caramel or toasty flavors. Hardly any fruity esters. No bitterness hardly at all. Not good, not anywhere close to style. No.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (2380) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Caramel aromas, bready. Slightly hazy bronze with burnt orange highlights, and a somewhat lasting white head. Somewhat sweet, toasty, caramel, some raisiny flavors. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Keg at World of Beer Charlottesville. Clear copper, large creamy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, raisin, burnt sugar. The taste is toffee, umami, dark fruits. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (6180) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Draft: Tea, dried leaves, lemon zest nose. Clear ochre, medium head, good lace. Rich honey, dried leaves. Full body, easy carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2015
355ml bottle. A huge esb that kind of is a double english ipa at times, big hoppiness to go with a big maltiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6226) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Sample at Hopfest 2015. Comes reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is malt, chocolate, caramel, earth, and some fruit. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (1124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. The aroma is nutty with caramel and dough notes, as well as a slightly medicinal funk.The beer is dark and oily looking with a caramel colored hue, and a generous fluffy, off white head that has decent retention and lace. The taste is a medium, malty sweet and medium light bitter that strengthens to medium near the end of the drink. The beer is fairly thick and syrupy with a light, fizzy carbonation and a medium full roated body flavored with bread and figs / raisins and a bit of a bitter wax note. The finish has a spicy zip leading to an aftertaste thats waxy and cloying with flavors of fig and warmed caramel with a hint of wax.


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