Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Ratings: 652 | Reviews: 365
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750mL capped bottle courtesy of one NeroFiddled as a wedding present. Many thanks.

Appearance: Crystal clear, light reddish amber color with a medium white head that faded quickly to a small covering. Provided spots of lacing all around.

Smell: Light malt with hints of hops and caramel. Subtle notes of fruity esters, medicinal, and metals??? A light aroma that trys to draw you in, but is not overwhelming.

Taste: Very balanced malt and hops with hints of fruit and caramel. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Finished very clean and crisp.

Very quaffable and a down right solid brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with well retained medium head,smell was sweet and malty and biscuity.Really appetizing on the palate,malty with a touch of friuty hop,ending with a very biscuity quality.Firsy beer from Stoudts and was not let down,I really think Iam gonna enjoy this area's selection of beers.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Rich and bright copper-colored brew with a creamy and sticky lacing. Fresh biscuity malts in the nose. Earthy, with an underlying damp, herbal character. Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that breaks through and provides some creaminess. Bone dry from the start with some grainy malts, hint of caramel, wood and biscuity finish. Hops aren't overly bitter (nor should they be), but there's a grassy snap that rides in on the carbonation to perk things up. Some dark fruitiness pulls through, especially as the beer warms. Nicely bal- anced. Biscuity and a bit tannic in the finish, which is very dry and moreish.

These days, and especially in the US, ESBs seem hard to come by. This is a good introduction to the style for those looking to broaden their beer experience--a flavorful session beer.

Photo of shapudding
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a great amber color. There is alot going on in that glass... millions of floater like sediment shooting around. This bottle was shared and the pourer did not think to even out the pour and we had a fun experience in that my glass caught the sediment and another was clear, the amount of yeasty taste was sooo different between the 2 glasses also. Lesson learned. Very balanced brew and very, very tastey and nicely sweet but not overly so. Juicey finish.

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin lacing on a clear garnet coloured brew. Big aromas of toasted malt, fruitiness and a brush of herbal hop. The smoothness is spot on within the medium body. Toasted malt flavours seem to overwhelm the palate and shadow over the hops. Barely enough bitterness and hop flavour to balance, finishes a tad sweet and very little lingering hop.

I personally like my ESBs to have a big and bold fresh hop character ... sadly this one did not.

Photo of merlin48
4.59/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper amber, not much of a head even with an aggressive pour but leaves attractive sheets of lace. Aroma of sweet, buttery malts, floral hops balance, and walnuts. Mouthfeel is light bodied, minimal carbonation, and slightly watery. Taste lives up to the bouquet's promise of a fine ESB. Excellent toffee malt sweetness, nutty walnut, superb mild hops bitterness. Perhaps a bit of "watered down" effect midway through, but this doesn't distract from the exceptional flavors going on here. I've not been impressed with many North American ESBs, but this one reminds of the topnotch Propeller ESB from Nova Scotia. This one has some very minor flaws, but taste and drinkability make this ale one of the best ESBs I've had from North America. Highly recommended to fans of fine ESBs.

Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a new sampler case from Stoudt's. I drank this in a pilsner glass. Date is clearly stamped on the bottle. (Yay!)

Pours a beautiful reddish/copper with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head drops to islands and a ring with good lacing on the glass. Carbonation is evident.

Aroma is fruity, earthy brown sugar, toasted and caramel malts, and a barely there floral hop smell. The aroma is about the malts.

The first flavor is toasted malts and brown sugar, very clean, balanced by an appropriate level of hop bitterness. The floral hop flavor is kind of pushed back by the malts, but it is there. Aftertaste is toasted caramel, earthy and crisp, with a lingering hop bitterness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is malty, but not sweet, with a soft to medium level of carbonation. Hop bitterness is there on your throat and tongue. Finish is crisp and pretty dry, nice.

The expiration date on this bottle is 12/20/05, so this is very fresh. Beers like this change fairly quickly. This is an exemplary representation of the style, and the freshness had something to do with that, I believe.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Clear,vibrant red color,2" thick slightly off-white head.some wisps of tiny bubbles stringing together tightly knited.Good retention with a fair amount of laced curtians down the glass.

A good malty aroma with sweet carmell,toasty and nutty.A pleasing fruityness,a nice and complex aroma.

A light carmell taste,astringent,grassy,candied tastes,friuty,slighty sour finishes tart with some citrus rind. The taste was a bit of a let down after the nice aromas.

Medium body,grainy,some sourness. Goes down fairly easy, just nothing to really make me want to drink more

Photo of kingcrowing
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark red/amber with a small sticky light brown head. Nose is very malty and a bit hoppy, but still light and sweet.

Taste is very malty and earth. A bit nutty and a little sweet, a good amount of bitterness but a big step below an IPA. Easy to drink with a good smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Watch out, this Scarlet Lady is a temptress! A superb English-style bitter, especially notable in that it comes from an American micro whose specialty is German-style beers. Thick layered head over a clear amber body; good malt foundation if a little horsey and woody. No matter; the rawness adds to the overall appeal. Hops give just the right twist of freshness, amplifying the terrific, medium-thick quality of the liquor (water). Very drinkable, excellent finish, and seemingly thirst-quenching - except that you're never satisfied! This can go head to head with the best of the UK but is distinctly American, perhaps primarily because of the water. I only bought one bottle and now I am very sad.

Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper colored with a thin off-white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving no lace.

Aroma of bisuity malt, ripe fruit, cinnamon and citrusy hops.

Flavor fairly matches the aroma - doughey malt, ripe apple and pear, cinnamon and toffee, and light citrusy hops. Fairly balanced, no flavor overpowers another.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a tickly finish. Good session beer, very drinkable.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a sizeable off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells deeply of bread and malt with a hint of hoppy citrus.

Taste wise it starts off with a fair amount of caramel malt and a little bit of a toasted-nutty flavor.The middle seems somewhat sweeter in the diacetyl kind of way. Smooth and buttery. The finish is slightly dry and hoppy. A well rounded brew. I'd like to have a few more.

Photo of dwren89
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber with reddish and gold highlights, thick, fluffy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: caramel, bready, some earthy hop notes, slight floral character as well

Taste: less flavorful than I had hoped for, and certainly less malt character than true English ESBs. Some malty, caramel character that finishes bitter with some earthy and floral hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. This would be better if it was less carbonated like English cask ales

Overall: Not bad but I don't know if I would get this again. Caramel and bready malt character with earthy and floral hop character. A good start for any beer but this just seems to be somewhat poorly executed.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, first I must say that this beer on cask improves it so much. I have had in the bottle on tap, but on cask this is a different animal alltogether. Appears copper amber with an off white toffee toned head leaving full even wonderful rings of lace around my pint. Aroma is heavenly with buttered kent goldings the mixture of the malts they use with the English hops in this English style ale blend to form one full inviting aroma. The tste is mellow with hops and rich with mallt yet it remains hoppy just not to hoppy, very balanced session brew that I is a treat to all. Very creamy silky texture to it with the oily resins trickling lightly on the palate giving this medium bodied true to the style ESB one amazing mouthfeel. Wow I could have easily had at least three of these wonderful creations, great representation of an awesome style thanks Carol.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Generous chunky off-white head with decent retention and clinging foamy lace. Translucent deep-amber body. Toasted malt aromas combine with floral hops that are assertive but not over the top. Carmel malt is up front in the mouth, but the flavor quickly moves to a tangy hop bitterness. Light to Medium in body. Initially fairly crisp in the mouth, but it tones down for the finish. The hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, but isn’t overwhelming or too drying.

A fairly straightforward E.S.B. The bitterness is definitely noticeable, but isn’t overpowering. A bit more body would help its cause.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear body with a brown color and a slight orange hue and a wispy thin tan head that turns into a 1/2 ring after a sip. There are strands of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The aroma is pretty clean with a soft brown malt hint and a faint hop note that only comes through after the beer warms a bit.
T- The light brown malt flavor with a biscuit malt flavor to follow has a taste of fresh sweet wort which grows as the beer warms. The finish is a soft hop note that increases nicely as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a bit of a flat mouthfeel in the finish.
D- This beer has a nice hop flavor to a good session beer but the biscuit malt tends to grow to strong and overpowers the other flavors.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear deep amber color with a small head after an agressive pour. Head melts quickly leaving behind very little lacing.
Aromas are faint red malt and floral hops.
Taste is initiallly sweet malt then pleasant citrus hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thick with carbonation, yet somehow quickly watery as you swallow.
Aftertaste seems to alternate between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness with neither staying long enough to savor. They seem to fight without ever reaching a balance.
A nice ESB...nice and quenching but nothing great...easily forgotten.

Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Situation: a night off from the to-do list...
Glassware: Ommegang Rare Vos...
Appearance: slightly opaque, dark chestnut red body with a thick, attractive nestling of bubbly off-white head....nice, yet inconsistent lacing on glass as it drains....
Aroma: soft, understated malts with only a late hop fragrance--hints at easy drinking to come...
Palate: solid, slightly oily body that is rather smooth to the throat; malts steady the tongue nicely...
Taste: smooth, dry taste reminiscent of a bock in its malty strength; lingering aftertaste holds slightly nutty notes...
Overall: pleasant but not overstated in any facet of flavor--a nice case filler or case by itself... though smoother, nuttier, more buttery ESBs can be found, this pleases the tastebuds just fine...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

Appearance- hazy reddish orange with a decent billowy head. Heavy lacing.
Smell- sweet malt with just a faint touch of nice dry hops.
Taste- whoa... sweet malt overpowers this one! A nice citric hop flavor but very subdued.
Mouthfeel- watery and sweet. Very minimal dry hoppy bitterness.

Overall- A nice ESB. Not 1 that'll knock your socks off but a pleasant, just a hair above mediocre Bitter.

Photo of weasbri
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly nice color, decent head with good lacing. Just okay on the nose, slightly hoppy with mainly malty undertones. I found it hoppier than some have noticed, especially at first, but the flavors blended as I drank for a decent balance.
Pretty good, especially as it warms up, which is probably appropriate given the English origins of the style.

Photo of asabreed
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice amber color with lots of carbonation and a head that billows and leaves lots of lacing down the glass as I keep sipping. I think the temperature was just right for the pour too, which helps.

Smell: A fairly tame, yet seemingly balanced, mix of malt and hops. Slight roasted malts, slight fruit and zest, with some bread crust or tree bark too.

Taste: Again, fairly tame with not a lot going on. The balance is nice, it's very drinkable, but there's not much to write home about. Slight roasted malts, with fruit and a bit of hops rounding out the mix in a more citrus finish. It's balanced, as I said, but neither the hops nor malt characteristics are dominant, which hampers the taste a bit.

Mouthfeel: Almost slightly creamy, as it feels thick at first but then the carbonation comes through, enough to be there and accompany the body but without making it watery.

Drinkability: I could drink this in a session, as it goes down easy, but there's not much there in terms of yearning for flavor with each sip. But for a balanced and fairly tasty and tame session brew, this could work for a lot of people.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head that doesn't last very long. Nice coppery red. Minimal carbonation. Leaves very little lace.

Smells of bitter hops, pomegranate and leather.

Taste is definitely on the bitter side. Fruity sourness fighting against toasty malts, with mild pine from the hops standing strong. Flavors die out pretty quick after the sip, leaving a dryness. Feels really good while in the mouth, slightly creamy with some effervescent activity (which I never would've predicted by looking at it).

A good-but-not-great beer. I know Stoudt's brews better beers. This is an interesting and enjoyable ESB, but it's not an award-winner.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serviceable bitter, very well malted. Malts and hop in aroma. Amber colour. Smooth, clean finish, with sugary aftertaste A good second drink after my porter, though others may want more strongly bitter brew. Despite mediocre labels, this is a good brewery.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with some ruby edges; there is a nice, soft, off white head that leaves a thin lacing

S - juicy dark fruit,faint baked apple, caramel

T - caramel, fruit, bitter, earthy, faintly medicinal

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This a decent ESB, but it has a few off notes. The medicinal underpinnings I'm not fond of. It's also a bit more bitter than I would have liked. I did the big fruity notes provided by the yeast and I thought it had a decent grain bill. If you're a fan of the style, then you definitely have to check it out.

Photo of mempath
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gotta admit, we bought this and then there it was, my brother noticed it said Best Before 11-20-07...!

nonetheless, we were surprised it was not skunky or bad at all. poured a nice amber with light tan head that retained very and laced decently. smell was of bold malts, caramel, sour-cerealness barely asserting. taste was actually good with some malty sweetness well-balanced with the slight bitterness. nice depth for sure. not too carbonated, a little thin, but pleasantly so thus making this quite drinkable...will HAVE to try a fresh one soon. i am sure it is even better.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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