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Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
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Review by tavernjef on 09/02/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 14 3 7 2010
Notes from a trip to Cordova AK June 2002

This is really one of the only brews by Alaskan that I didn't enjoy all that much. Color is a lighter amber, thin off-white head faded leaving minimal light spots of lace. Very acidic flavor and bite, bitterness should be sweet and nice, this had a taste of generic aspirin in the finish that I just didn't like. I highly doubt it was a bad batch cuz all the others I had by Alaskan were great. Had a good smell of floral sweetness and light malt but that didn't carry over in the taste department for me. I've diffenately had better ESB.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 08/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 3 5 11 4 7 2009
No but al-ask-ya later. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a light orange-red hue throughout. A fizzy white head that hid to the edge of the glass and stayed there. Decent lacing.

The nose is limited. A mostly caramel malt backing with some lighter nutty and complexity. Not much on hops but some minimal earthy notes. Would like a bit more hop character. No yeast character, has more of a cleaner US version. Would like to see a bit more English character overall.

The taste is a bit more on style versus the nose but still looking for more. To start the grain comes out with lighter caramel and nutty notes. There is a boarderline astringency thing up front but this is hidden by the hops. The hops come out with a light piney and flavor hop flavor. Some minor earthy notes but light. Some fusel note which is odd for the ABV.

The body is odd. Some sweetness up front but finishes dry. Carbonation is light but good for style. Overall I would like a bit more English character in the malt, hops and yeast. But still an easy drinking beer.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2008
First time trying an ESB. Not as ESB as I thought but still very good. Pour a nice bark brown and had a nice thick foam head that lasted a while. The smell was a little week from an ESB in my opinion. The taste and drinkability were both really good.

Served In: Pint Glass

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