RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Our ESB (Extra Special Bitter) may have the word bitter in its name, but the key to this style is balance. The combination of malts and hops creates a toasty, fruity flavor. Our ESB is dry hopped with a US grown hop varietal called Williamette, which has a pronounced spicy, lemon flavor.

In the early 1970s, brewers in London and the south of England expanded the range of beers available in pubs, reacting to the wave of European lagers moving into the British pub scene. In addition to the ordinary bitters and pale ales, brewers developed recipes for stronger premium ales like ESB, special bitter and special pale ale. These beers contributed to the English traditional ale revival of the 1980s, making their way into the beer portfolios of many American craft breweries.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Pours amber with some chunky yeasty floaters. Nose is immensely malty with evident layers of stone fruits, caramel, and toast. Flavor is again cherries, peaches, malts, toffee and niceness. Yes, I like it. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 12, 2013
bottle. hazy orange/amber with a stable, creamy head. sweet, worty, pale malt aroma. full bodied and chewy. lots of bready malt. fruity, peach-like hop notes. the flaked ingredients definity add some body here. very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (676) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy golden color, thin white lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, bread. Medium sweet citrus flavor. Medium body, thin texture, a bit fizzy, mild bitterness. Very different ESB than many of the others Ive rated. Thinner body and leans more sweet. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
In short: A muffled semi-hoppy amber ale lacking vivacity.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed as soon as we got it through private importation, but already 5 months after bottling date :(
The look: Slightly cloudy amber-orange body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is dank and moist, like smelling leafy hops in a wet basement. In mouth the beer has a medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel and abundant carbonation. Taste is semi-toasted cereals, an awkward mix of caramel and marmalade, moldy fruits, soggy cookies, very dank hops. Overall this bottle was as far from bright and vibrant as a beer can get, everything here felt moldy, slightly rotten, dank. Not as bad my choice of words make it to be, but still a pretty lame experience. Might be because the bottle suffered from the private importation transit, it has to be. Not what I expect from an ESB, Schlafly may think I will believe this is an ESB because it is written ESB on the label but my mother didnt raise no fool (my father did while my mother ignored me because I was dumb)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Funkatrocious (119) - - NOV 29, 2013
Drank at Roadhouse in Webster Groves, Missouri. Pours orange gold, white head. Hoppy and smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (3349) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours copper with a moderate white top. Aroma is sweet grains and pine hop. Taste is a great balance of sweet grains and pine hop bitterness. Rye spice just tops it off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Smells of booze, caramel malts, and hops with a little rye, and then a little fruit the more it sits. Quite complex. Flavor: Fruity, boozy, hoppy toward the end, and a juicy, bitter finish and aftertaste. Wow, this is terrific. Phenomenal combo of a winter warmer ale with some more IPA-like qualities. Much of Schlaflys stuff is rather average, but this is excellent and nuanced across the board.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (7610) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
Bouteille de 12 oz obtenue via Importations Prives Biropholie. Arme: Lgre odeur dorange et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est orange opaque avec une faible densit de bulle. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de crale avec une pointe dagrumes et dpices. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement minrale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrire got lgrement houblonn. (Rating #5183)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2013
A rather pale example, dark golden, covered by a light, lasting beige head. Tiny sediments settle at the bottom of the glass. Glorified esters and toasted, biscuity, caramelly malts which combine together in a sense of balance. Actually a bit lighter than I would have expected on the hop side where gently woodsy, earthy, orangey spicy hops do not quite egt over the appley, spicy, slightly sulphury even yeastiness which at times comprise a jammy fruity kick. Yet its dry/sweet balance is efficient, the initial biscuity sweetness burst being balanced by an earthy, smooth and clean bitterness to which the soft, but far from absent bubbles certainly contribute. Well, its good, but this was one of those beers, backs in the days, which used to be rated 3.8+ and was possibly even the top ESB on the site. Assuming it has not evolved, thats kinda mysterious (even though its scores have been on a downhill in recent years) as there are plenty of awesome examples (especially Yorks in my limited exposure) out there and I say that as a Schlafly fan who really appreciate their base beer portfolio, all clean and respectable, sometimes excellent straightforward recipes at very reasonable prices. I feel old all of a sudden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3332) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
12oz bottle, orange-amber color, with a thick beige head, nice candied orange peel, orange marmalade, orange lollipop, biscuity, toasted, caramel, bready maltiness nose, with some honey cracker, pannetone cake notes, with a hint of citrus hops in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good biscuity, bready, toasted, caramel malt, fruity candied orange peel, orange marmalade, honeyed bready cracker character, with a mild flowery citrus, leafy hop, pannetone cake flavour, leading towards a candied orange peel fruitiness, honey maltiness, lingering citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.

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