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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Copper colored with a clean finish, this Extra Special Bitter (ESB) has it all; a fruity, malty flavor and a subtle lingering bitterness. If you like dry, hoppy beers this one is for you. Mahogany Ale - one taste and you’re hooked.

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3.7
Travlr (25771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Guest tap at Willimantic. Hazy amber color, tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of peppery caramel. Taste is bittersweet caramel and subtle buttetscoth. Decent.

3.1
Ratman197 (15212) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and a hint of citrus with a crisp dry finish.

2.9
Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
A deep dark amber ale with a thin white head. A light caramel aroma with burned notes. In mouth, a nutty malt ale with a bit too much burned notes. Medium bodied. On tap at Willimantic Brewing Company and Main Street Cafe, Inbièrenationale IV, May 2007.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 (12/26/05) Clear copper with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, light chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, chocolate. Light-medium body with light stickiness. (6/3/7/3/13)

(12/31/03) Hazy amber with minimal off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, butterscotch. Taste is medium sweet, buttery caramel up front, adding some earthy grapefruit toward the back of the throat. Medium body. A very intriguing and inviting combination of flavors. (7/3/9/4/17)

3.2
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Tap at Willimantic. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt with dates and chocolate. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.2
Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
An amber and a decent white head with some malt and hops aroma. Fresh, good bitterness and medium mouthfeel and appropriately carbonated. Clean taste, well-balanced, just fairly run-of-the-mill. In a word, serviceable.

3.2
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a big to rich to rocky light tan head and copper color. Aroma is sweet caramel, medium malt. Taste is sweet caramel, medium malt, peat, some medium/dark fruit, earthy/spice hops, some yeast. Medium body. Mild carbonation.

3.2
nimbleprop (8709) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2009
12oz bottle pours a translucent, deep caramel brown with a frothy, creamy slightly tan head. The beer settles like a glass of Guinness. Very nice looking. Aroma is fairly mild, some distinct caramel sweetness, a little dusty, very earthy, a touch peaty. Flavor is big on the sweetness up front, caramel, toasted malts, sweet malts, a touch of orange. Finish is a little watery with both some lasting sweetness and some lasting bitterness.

2.7
TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Liquors 44 (Northampton, MA). Arôme: La couleur est ambrée opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux beige avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps et la texture sont mince. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel brûlé en arrière goût. (Rating #1266)

3.5
ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2005
2004 bottle. Seems odd to me that this one is rated a full half point higher than the blonde, which appeared a much better beer, IMO. Pour is fantastic though, as usual from Mercury. Deep copper-auburn color, low filtration, unpasteurised with a large off-white, creamy head that lasts and laces. Lots of caramel and diacetyl in the nose, with hints of spiced holiday bread (that’s rather vague, I know). An old, soft, floral hoppiness is lightly present in the nose, as well. Flavor begins with a large amount of buttercream, some light toffee and brown bread dough. Hints of English hops give a moderate bitterness but then the diacetyl-like buttercream flavors make an encore on the finish. Lightly creamy body and though the commercial description claims this as an ESB, after drinking it, it has such a low bitterness that I would have to agree with the bitter classification. A little bit more body than most bottled English bitters, but a well-done if somewhat "too-much-diacetyl-for-my-tastes" effect.


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