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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
French Broad Brewerys 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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Nice version of an ESB. Earthy with good balance...........................................


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (12770) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4829) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (1487) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (5740) - 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 its 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14520) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2016
So l do not drink many esbs,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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emeister84 (2414) - 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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Draft. Light amber body with an off-white head. Aroma of toasted grain, caramel, dusty hops, bread. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Forgettable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3381) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours copper orange with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, bread and grains. Flavor was malty & bready with caramel, toffee, grains and some light fruit.


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