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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
For the first ever SweetWater anniversary beer (yeah it took us 15 years), we went back to our roots, dusted off our original ESB recipe, and gave it a big ol’ bump. The recipe consists of 7 malts, one of which Kevin toasted personally in his toaster oven, just like the old days, and 5 different styles of hops. In true Sweetwater style, there is no style, but it’s big, bold, and meant to grow old, meaning this beer will be fantastic out of the gate, or you can lay her down in the cellar for many years to come.

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nathan30533 (1022) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Perfect score! I don’t understand what the other guys are drinking but maybe that’s because I’m a big IPA/ Double IPA/ Rhye IPA/ESP guy. I love this one from the word start. Smells of sooooo many aromas like a good Belgium you dream about. Then the sweetness and wonderful hops. Good lacing. Great color. Great beer and thank you again to the wonderful sweetwater team for this one! Perfect Score!!

4.3
TheJackalope (30) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Fresh out of the store, poured into Tall glass. Aroma, color taste were all vibrant. The first taste was through a nice 2 inch head. Smooth and then a powerful blast of flavor, ending in a hoppy, mild, grapefruit flavor, layered in the smoke from the toaster oven roasted ingredients. Wonderful brew.

4.3
BeeriedEyed (212) - USA - MAR 20, 2012
Awesome beer. Did not know what to expect with the smell being very vague but such a great taste.

4.3
jbruner (5285) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2012
Pours a great dark brown both on tap and out of the bottle. Medium amount of head and some nice lacing present on the glass. The blend of hops and malts is very good considering the amount used (5 and 7 respectively). A very good beer and one of the best ESBs I have ever tried. Well done Sweetwater, and congrats on 15 years.

4.2
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 22oz bottle, pretty trout painted label. Dark ruby color, rocky foam. Aroma of sweet fruits, raisins, sugary malts. Strong taste, loads of sugar. Silky heavy body. Mellow hop bitterness. Wow, what a BarleyWine. Better in a smaller glass. Happy Birthday Jo.

4.2
whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Can’t say enough about this one. Blends lots of malt with plenty of hops showing through! Love the ABVat 10 percent too. Can’t wait for a taste of the draft or a growler full.

4.1
bhensonb (15756) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours dark copper with a frothy beige head. Sort of mixed funky fruit/floral aroma. Not earthy - just funky. Full bodied. Flavor is light pitted yellow fruits, heather, earth, dark pitted fruits (this stuff keeps moving around, flavorwise). It’s a bit leathery. Definitely, tho subtly floral. Smooth roasted malt - not at all harsh. Heat is hardly noticeable. The bitter keeps fighting off the malt. It is "fresh". It is old. Brilliant ale. Really. Our cousins over the pond might die consuming this, but they’d likely die happy.

4
mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Dark amber/orange pour with no head. Aroma was full of caramel and earthy hops, notes of citrus lingered in the background. Earthy describes it well. Flavors were heavy on the caramel malt side without being too sweet. Nicely done. Nice bitter hop flavors throughout, actually well balanced given how big it is. Overall I thought this was a winner. Love how they went back to their roots for their big anniversary brew. The alcohol was incredibly well hidden, this was almost too drinkable. Mouthfeel was oily and slick, super smooth. They haven’t brewed a beer this big in a long time and pulled it off in great fashion. Cheers to the dudes at SW.

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bigoldbo (3) - - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
An Imperial Amber Ale? caramel, resin, grass, alcohol, Aromas Appearance; amber, clear, minimal head, with almost no lacing. Palate; medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, I really enjoyed this beer by the end of the bomber and was ready for another

4
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2012
bomber. Tan copper ale. Thin head. Silky body is English ESB on super hop juice. Thick, honey?


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