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471 ESB - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Style is Scottish Ale according to brewers website.

(Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 03-25-2007)
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good beer. Funny what people try and pass off as an ESB these days, however. Anywho....

The beer pours to a dark mahogany color, fairly clear when held to the light. No visible carbonation. The head is about 3/4 inch, though it quickly falls to a film in less than a minute. Just a little bit of lacing.

The smell is the best part of the beer. Has some very spicy, herbal, piney, herbal hops the likes of which my nostrils haven't taken in for quite some time. Only a small hint of the juicy, citric hops that have been dominating the hoppy beer scene lately. The malt has some depth to it as well. Dark toasted caramel and toffee with a bit of molasses and fig. Sweet with some doughy biscuit aromas as well. I would probably call this one a winter warmer as opposed to an ESB (and not just because it is grossly overpowered for the style).

The taste itself seems kind of underwhelming when compared to the nose. The hops that are present in the nose are almost completely devoid the flavor. The malt is still there, and it's still very interesting, but without the hops there with it, it just isn't as good as I had expected. Sweet with molasses and fig, a cabinet full of spices, and toasted biscuit, caramel and toffee. A light bitterness in the finish. A hint of alcohol burn as well. Definitely more of a winter warmer than ESB (even if you tack on the ever-convenient "Imperial" moniker).

The mouthfeel is good. Obviously thicker than your regular ESB, but I like a full body. Just a lightly crisp carbonation. A good balance of sweet and bitter, though I would like to see more of a balance between aroma and flavor hops on top of that. Afterall, the aroma is very good and hoppy, but it tastes more like a malt bomb. It would definitely be much more drinkable if it were built more like a traditional ESB.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 04:56:27 | More by neonbrown82
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T: Smooth caramel malty flavors that finishes on the dry side.

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471 ESB from Breckenridge Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.