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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Extra Special Bitter is our homage to the best of English beers. Brewed with imported English malts for a bold, caramel-sweet, yet crisp ale. Pair with grilled steak, salmon, BBQ, wild game and caramel desserts.

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2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kramer (6574) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Poured a clear dark copper color with a small creamy off-white head. Tons of tangerines with some alcohol fumes. Makes me think something happened. i wouldnt now how to brew it to smell like that. Malty flavor with earthy hops and a moderately bitter finish. Short finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Pours a very effervescent copper with a lightly-lacing, foamy off-white head. Tart floral lemon fruity aroma has some grainy maltiness. Body starts with some floral earthy notes and a mild dry tartness with some English hoppiness. Somewhat true to style, but unbalanced and somewhat off.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Stinky, off aroma with some bubblegum. Decent red amber in color with no head. Hops and malts clash in disconcordance. Some soap, some apples, some citric bitterness, but quite clashing. Poor.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear, darker amber with hardly any head and not much carbonation. Nose is bearly discernable. Flavors are roasted coffee and that dwindles to almost nothing except for some slight bitterness. A thin. watery brew without much support from hops, malts or much else. Not a bad beer, just sort of a nothing. Bottle courtesy of jhammerly.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 15, 2006
A little thin in flavor and body. A little more hops than some of the other Empyrean brews. Refreshing but not really appealing. I want something with a little more assertiveness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle from eboats Thanks!

Pours a decent amber with a nice head that dissipates too quickly but leaves adequate lacing. Aroma is nice and bitter with just a hint of sweetness. Flavor is hoppy and slightly peachy, with a bitter finish that doesnt leave the drinker puckering his lips. Palate is thicker than the appearance of the beer indicates. This is a nice, light ESB that I would definitely drink again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Amber body with creamy, off-white head. Vegetal, grassy nose. Flavor is grassy with some caramel. Mouthfeel is thin.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2006
12oz bottle from Eboats. Pours a light, clear copper color with almost no head. the little head apparent disapears quickly to leave nothing. Nose is light nuts, a bit of light molasses and sweet malt, sugars. Has a light and bitter palate. A nice malt character that is semi earthy and nutty, a light bit of hops here and there, some light frutiy juice notes.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with eboats! -Thanks Caleb! - Purs amber witha nice offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Aroma is yeast, caramel, some toffee, and just a touch of grassy hops.. Flavor is interestingly malty, caramel, yeast, slight bitter on the somewhat dry finish. Medium bodied. Not bad...


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