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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Winter is big beer season, when breweries bring out their heartiest and heaviest offerings, and Legend is no exception. Along with our regular lineup, we currently and proudly serve up our Imperial Stout and Belgian Tripel, with the massive Barleywine on deck for an early January release. Our seasonal beers are very popular and so with the rapid disappearance of this year’s Chocolate Porter, were faced with the need to fill a slot for a “not so big”, but still exciting beer to keep things interesting. Why not an E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)? This is a British style that understandably is a bit confusing by name… ”Oh, Legend makes an extra special beer…oh they call it bitter…hmmm, I’ll try something else”. Actually, an English Bitter is not what it sounds like. It is a medium bodied, somewhat malty brew with the hop character coming primarily from bittering hops. The result is low hop aroma with a little bite of bitterness on the finish. Not present are the intense hoppy flavors and aromas of a Pale Ale, for example. An E.S.B. refers to a brewery’s finest version of a Bitter, usually a little higher in alcohol and malt flavor. History lesson aside, Legend E.S.B. serves as a medium octane winter warmer that brings flavor without chaos. Legend E.S.B. pours a deep reddish orange and possesses a nose ripe with fruity aromas. The body is medium, as is the carbonation. The flavor is at first of fruit (apples, pears, berries), then turns in a warm caramel toasty direction provided by the specialty malts. The finish is dry and earthy. Malts: Two row malted barley, light roast malt, caramel malt, aromatic malt, wheat malt. Hops: British East Kent Golding Yeast: British premium bitter yeast strain Legend E.S.B. is available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles

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2.8
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle. Soapy aroma. Some malt and some bitterness, but somewhat bland for an ESB.

3.4
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
22 from the brewery. A perfectly clear, slightly reddish amber with a creamy head that lasted throughout. Utterly beautiful in the glass to me for some reason. Flavor and aroma matched. Mild caramel malts. Faint bitterness on the finish that was quite drying. Not any real, defined hop character. This wasn’t bad, but somehow it reminded me of their Oktoberfest. Just a not so good version of it. The last few ESB’s I’ve tried were much hoppier, and thus more to my personal taste.

3.5
Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 3, 2007
From bomber. Pours a clear orange amber with a big light tan head. Nutty nose, lightly fruity. Nice sheet of lace. Bitter flavor, but sweeter than expected. Like honey dipped walnuts, toasty malt. Rather pleasant, cool spin on an ESB.

2.8
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Poured a clear copper, with a medium to large off white head. Aroma is earthy, a little soapy, fruit. Flavor is somewhat watery; Dry; a little malty sweetness; some bitter finish. Some slight fruit as well. I think I’m not partial to this style very much.

3.4
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Nice pour, mostly clear copper body topped by a dense light tan head with staying power. The aroma is very, very sweet and fruity. The fruitiness is dangerously close to being that of rotten fruit. The flavor exhibits a whole lot of caramely maltiness that was a bit unexpected given the aroma. The frutiness is there but not in spades as in the aroma. A good bit of bitterness is also in the mix. The palate is dry and prickly. Interesting for sure, certainly not what I have come to expect from an ESB.

2.3
Braudog (6852) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
22 oz bottle: Poured with a massive head of light foam. Orange-amber with a lazy effervesence. The fruity nose could attract a colony of fruit flies. Musty. Very caramel-malty with a suck-the-moisture dry finish of baked apple and moldy grapes. (#2659, 1/21/07)

3.5
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Reddish amber with offwhite head. Mildly fruity malt nose of apples and caramel. Flavor is malt-forward, slightly fruity, with a nice bitterness throughout. Drying bitter finish. An easy drinker with a bit of personality, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

3.9
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
A full flavored beer with a great bitter hop backbone. Like a cross between their brown and golden ale. Good stuff.

3.2
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Poured a light amber color with minimal head. Sweet malty aroma and flavor with a very bitter finish.

3.2
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
22 oz bomber, Labeled as Legend ESB. Pours clear amber color with full light brown head. Aroma and taste of malt and hops with grapefruit bitter after taste. Grape and Gourmet has it.


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