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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Note: this beer is now an amber ale, and the ABV has gone up from 4.5 to 5.5%. Special Ale is our flagship ESB. Itís been with us from the start and hasnít changed since that first brew way back in 1996. Ample quantities of caramel malt give this English ale a soft copper hue and the colorful addition of carapils malt adds a slight sweetness you might mistake for honey.

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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2006
This had charector and depth beyond the others i have tried, but this style just does not make me come back for more,. Well carbonated but the flavor


3.9
Fatehunter (2561) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Pours a finger of head on a clear dark brown body. Aroma is dark grains and a bit of caramel. Taste is a chewy caramel, but not too sweet, malty goodness. Texture is softer. Quite enjoyable.

2.8
Bacchus66 (212) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2017
12oz bottle. Clear light amber, thin off-white head. Sweet, malty nose, hops come in mid palate. Smooth texture, light-medium body. Caramel finish.

3.4
Larry_Duffman (528) - - DEC 15, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours reddish amber with a beige head and lacing. The aroma is caramel, herbal, and earthy. The taste is caramel, earthiness, and slight hop bitterness. I thought this was a solid amber.

3.5
mzaar (3389) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2016
Tap. Pours amber with an off white head. Aromas of malt, caramel and nut. Flavours of caramel, nut, fruit, malt and hints of liquorice. Nutty and liquorice finish. The aroma did not tell what to come in flavour - which was highly drinkable.

2.7
wombat23 (1366) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber with an eggshell colored head. Aroma of malt and bread. Taste is malt, bread, caramel and is a little nutty. Has a sweet, watery finish.

2.8
darbeer75 (887) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Aroma: lots of malt and caramel with faint apple juice; Appearance: slightly hazy dark amber with thin, white head that hangs around; Taste: typical amber ale maltiness with some bready notes; Palate: medium body with long, sweet finish; Overall: itís fine but not compelling. Probably wonít buy again.

2.9
Jrwhitney6 (490) - - DEC 24, 2015
Beer of month club offering. Pours a very hazy light brown. Nose is malt. Taste is caramel, malt - very bready. Decent beer - good, not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
ffaoe (780) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2015
faint malt aroma, brown in color with a decent head. strong malt flavor up front, watery finish

3
drcboehm (104) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2015
12 oz. Bottle poured into pint glass from sampler 12 pack. Nice color and taste. Subtle yet tasty.

2.9
closey22 (1918) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Reddish brown deep deep Amber; rimming Lacy white head; aroma mild; Flava is malt notes of coffee some hop notes; feels light decent fizz; finishes dry roasty tangy


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