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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
French Broad Brewery’s interpretation of the classic UK Extra Special Bitter. A bright copper color with a complex malt palate is complemented by traditional British hops, notably East Kent Golding. French Broad has made this classic public house session beer a cult classic with its skull and crossbones artwork.

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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Thanks Andy for the pour at the source. Smells lagarish. Pours a transparent golden. Tastes solid for a ESB. Yeasty, almost marzen like. This places smells awesome!!


2.9
Bacchus66 (393) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Draft at the source. Pours clear golden amber with a thin white head. Aromas of malt, cereal, bread. Adds some hops in the flavors, but only lightly bitter. Light bodied, clean, medium length finish. Malt has the upper hand here.

4.3
vic_toria (1) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2017 does not count
Thank you to the server at Wood Fired Pizza in Asheville for recommending this. Lovely Bitter.

3.3
Dogbrick (13036) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Short strings of lace. Caramel, malt and mild hops in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of caramel malt, earthy hops and a bit of fruit. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

3
chinchill (5025) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Undated 12 oz can. Either over-carbonated or some sort of QC problem here as the beer over-flowed the can upon opening, and filled my glass with more foam than liquid even many minutes later on the second pour. Smells and tastes a bit off but not bad. Both a touch sweeter and a bit hoppier than a typical UK ESB, this does have a solid, medium dark malt base.

3.3
hman43 (1588) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2016
It pours copper with a slightly off white head. There are aromas of toast, nuts, and bread. The flavors are the same. It has a fairly light body with a moderate bitter finish.

2.3
cheap (5863) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Can into el rey del mundo glass. Big foaming head goes rocky. Smell is typical beery aroma. Look is not as dark as iced tea and it’s slightly cloudy. Taste is ESB-ish fer sure. Perhaps a little more personality than I care for, but its not bad overall. Decent co2. Yes, a little medicinal for 5%. Does not hide the alky well. Goes down fairly easy. Finish leaves that slight medicinal feel on yer palate. So, is the skull and bones a pirate label or that of the 13 colonies? WTF?

3.7
Ratman197 (14852) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2016
On tasp at Edleys poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of caramel, earthiness and light fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, light earthiness and a hint of fruitiness with a smooth dry finish.

2.7
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2016
So l do not drink many esb’s,so maybe better for style then my scores let on. Pour is a copper color with a very small white head. Aroma is lite and malty. A mild beer with some bitterness and malts.

3
Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Aromas of caramel, toast, metallic. Slightly hazy, honey-colored, with a mostly fading white head. Slightly sweet, light herbal hops, pretty well balanced. Light-medium bodied.

2.3
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Aroma of copper, ham, and beet juice. Light off white head and nice orange body. Sweet earthy malt flavor with some sweet orange and some spicy connamon in the end. Smooth but a little spicy on the palate.


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