RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Our brewers pride and joy, thats why we call it Extra Special. Big, sweet, caramel and biscuit flavors are delicately balanced with crisp, cedary, Noble hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle purchased at Beertopia, in Omaha. Pours a deep, hazy copper-brown with a creamy off-white head and lace. The nose is of toasted biscuity malt, light caramel and spicy, woody hops. Light to medium bodied and mildly dry and grainy with a moderately bitter finish. The flavor is a sweet caramel and biscuity malt front with a solid Noble hop backing that leaves a lingering woody flavor on your tongue. This isn’t my favorite ESB, but it’s certainly a serviceable and fairly tasty session brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lancenelson (26) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Very smooth, with very little aftertaste. Good hop flavoring, just enough to not be overpowering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 This is a standard american version of an esb, refreshing but nothing to write home about. Not much aroma at all. Solid flavors--caramel and fruity with a citrus hop finish--but the body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, toast, and earthy hops. Flavor is malty, toasty, and an earthy bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with valpoaj (thanks!). Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted grains, citrus, and some caramel. Tastes of caramel, toasted malts, and ctirus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/24/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

hazy amber, thin fine cream head, sweet malt aroma with a bit of citrus grapefruit character, nice hop flavor on a sweet carmel malt base, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1673) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Deep and amber in color with some nice, khaki-colored lacing and head. Aromas of pungent hops and some caramels. Lots of hops, ranging from soapy to piney, on the tongue. Harsh palate on which the alcohol shows through. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2006
From a stubby twist off 12 oz. bottle with a coded freshness date on the bottom rim of bottle. Poured a cloudy golden/orangey hued light brown with a foamy off-white head that settled into a thin sudsy, bubbly lacing. Aromas of caramel and grain, apple fruity, mineral, and floral, leafy hops. Good carbonation and a crisp, dryish, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant tasting, barley, grain and caramel, a buttery apple fruitiness, mineral, softly spicy, leafy herbal hops, more brisk than bitter, and a dryish grainy, caramel finish. A really nice ESB, very quaffable, easily the best thing Ive had from Empyrean so far, well worth trying if you like British style beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4980) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 On tap at Lazlos in Lincoln, Nebraska. Copper color with a rich white head and good lacing. Big nose of hops and fruits. Good mouthfeel, and dry finish. Solid offering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kramer (5955) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
12 oz bottle, via BA swid. Pours a clear light copper body under a thin film of white head. Very fine bubbles of visible carbonation. Aroma is very grainy malts with some DMS. No hint of hops to be found, but maybe a little toffee. Flavor is very light with some caramel malts up front fading to a lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin with watery texture and fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was pretty forgetable. Not enough of everything. Mostly just lacking in taste though, not offensive.

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