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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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599 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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dacrza1

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 03:58:59 | More by dacrza1
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus, nuts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with semi-sweet flavors of caramel and citrus which quickly fades and transition into a bready roasted malt character. Then there's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be that absolute best ESB out there, but this is still a nice sessionable beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 01:44:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a nice brown with a reddish amber hue to it and a one finger head. The smell is of a caramel malt backbone with a floral hop presence rounding out the smell. The taste is of floral hops up front which yield to a nice caramel malt backbone. The taste is flavorful but it is not overly hoppy like an ipa. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation and what you would expect from an esb. The drinkability is high this is a very enjoyable beer. It is slightly better than most in this class.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 14:38:31 | More by goblue3509
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Red hue, light creamy head, copper note.

S- Sweet malt character, great back bone, well balanced.

T- Very nice bitterness, residual bite, distinct mild sour after taste- good note for the ESB style. Slight caramel malt.

M- Mild carbonation, buttery note, bite to the tongue.

D- Could definitely have a couple of these, not my favorite style, but definitely holds true to the ESB character...couldn't have too many of these.

I liked this beer, good quality, noted that the best by date was listed as 5/19/09...enjoyed in Aug of 2009, so a bit past its "prime"...I didn't feel that this took away from the beer at all. Was pretty complex, well balanced, and would like to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 16:39:22 | More by mwagner1018
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

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

First beer of the night at Kinsale. Served on tap in a imperial pint glass. It had quite a different look for an ESB. The color was a lot more reddish than I would have expected. Almost looked like an amber ale. Not much noticed when I took a deep smell. Taste was fairly pleasing. Slight more hoppiness than an amber ale. Hint of fruit on the palate. At only 5% abv and with a deceivingly good drinkability, it was a very nice beer to start the night off with. I don't often order ESB, but I would have another of these again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 18:01:48 | More by morebeergood
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Redrover

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was glad to see this one offered at Savannah's in St. Petes. It is my first beer from this brewery.

From a 12 0z bottle, poured into a shaker pint, the beer is a ruddy red with a dense beige head.

It has a pleasant aroma of caramel, biscuits, and citrus.

The taste tracks the nose. It is slightly sweet from the caramel malts; there is some cracker taste and a hint of grape fruit rind at the finish.

The mouth is sturdy and a bit slick. This went really well with my tasty food. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 15:43:27 | More by Redrover
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jhammel01

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, decently carbonated deep ruby color. Keeps an off white head for a little while but laces down.

Smells of strong hops and a bit of yeasty Bread.

Hops hit pretty hard, as you would expect as an ESB. Not oily hops as you may find in IPAs or APAs. Its more of a very "dry" bitterness....Finisheswith a tiny, tiny bit of biscuit. I pick up a little twang of malt in the end as well..Almost tastes like Roasted malt...

Has a thin-medium mouthfeel. Pretty much standard to the style.

A refreshing solid beer from Stoudts that is nothing too extreme but its a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:24:49 | More by jhammel01
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Thur123

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle into pint

Been into stoudts lately, the Helles lager is one for the ages.

This pours a brownish red hue with an off white head with some retension. The carbonation seems standard. The smell, hmm, bitter hops and a slightly veggie undertone. And now...
glug glug glug
Bitter hops at first that fades into a flavor I can describe as summer squash. A bit of a fleshy taste with some pepper and also a flat mineral like aftertaste thats not too strong. The mouthfeel is good, the carbonation really spreads the flavor around on this one, although I'm not sure that I'm loving that too much.

Not bad, but somewhat odd, to me at least. Could have gone a more traditional and stronger route with this.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:43:01 | More by Thur123
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, three quarter finger cream colored head, faded kinda quick, deep mahogany brown color, fair amount of bubbles, ok lacing with a tiny ring around the glass, cool scarlet lady on the label.

s- nice nose, deep caramel malt, slight pepper, little roast, clean smelling, not sure why but i'm loving the smell of this beer.

t- nice substantial malt, little roasted taste, not nearly as bitter as i'd remembered it to be, but i'm still liking it, bitter hits the back of the mouth with a nice smack of hops, not overpowering prickle in the mouth, i do get that it's not as traditional an ESB as most would like, but i still really dig it.

m- nice, medium body, slightly slick over the tongue.

d- very drinkable, i could session easily, super refreshing, another great stoudts brew, you really can't go too wrong with the variety case, glad that they are a local brewery for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 18:10:13 | More by thecarster1
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TheDeuce

New York

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Scarlet Lady Ale....

Appearance-dark orange/amber color, nice head that stays put.

Smell-sweet malt and alcohol, light aroma but that's what I detect.

Taste/Mouthfeel-syrupy sweet at first a little hop balance and grain malt at the end, different more spicy finish. The beer is smooth drinking with nice carbonation though perhaps the flavors aren't that robust, still despite it's lightness I enjoy the flavor.

Drinkability-pretty easy drinking, retains characteristics of the ESB nicely.

Overall-solid ESB example though not outstanding, does retain the quality I have come to expect from Stoudt's.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:09:44 | More by TheDeuce
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Onenote81

North Carolina

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

Pours a tawny amber with a decent white head on top. Little retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of toasted malts and caramel.

Mouth is bubbly and crisp. Tastes slightly burnt and bitter. Nice crisp bitter hops fade to a toasted sweetness that is pleasant. Not bad. Not my favorite of styles, but a good representation.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 01:41:51 | More by Onenote81
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flexinwext

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gave this one a little to vigorous of a pour, but this has great head retention and lots of fluffy sticky lacing. Dark brownish red color with lots of carbonation. Very bitter, slighly sweet aroma. There is a nice roasted tone in the taste that I didn't expect from the scent. This kind of reminds me of an english mild. Low ABV makes this very drinkable. Overall good flavors but just a little boring and I would have liked to see a little more hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 00:34:48 | More by flexinwext
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a standard pint glass.

A: dark red color, whitish head, some lacing

S: malt dominant, with some hints of hops.

T: the malty sweetness dominates and overshadows the hop character. has a sweet aftertaste.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, very smooth drinking

Drinkability: i didn't realize i was drinking an ESB until i saw the classification of this beer. it's too heavy on the malt for an ESB, but i would definitely drink it again. it was a real smooth drinking beer, it just doesn't fall into the ESB category well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 15:55:32 | More by porterwoobie
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

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

12 oz bottle

Pours a deep reddish with an off white or light tan-ish color head that was fairly thick and foamy.

Nice balanced malt hop aroma. Not complex but still good.

Taste is good, but more malty than expected, not as well balanced as other ESB's but still has a good flavor.

Body is lighter than most good ESB's that I have had. The beer is smooth with a good malt aftertaste and pretty easy to drink. Overall a good beer but not the best representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 18:50:59 | More by PhillyStyle
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Phelps

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear pale copper, the color of cider. Super-effervescent, tons of bubbles. Big toasted beige, foamy head.

Smells of grass, oranges, caramel malts, toffee--not your regular ESB, but not bad. The taste, however, didn't really follow the smell. It began with a roasted malt character, followed by a light grassiness and citrus, like orange peel. Like eating a handful of earth: the grassiness mixed with the earthiness of the malt. Bitterness hits in the back, after the swallow, but is so light as to hardly be noticeable. Somewhat sweet, actually.

Where it really loses it for me is the mouthfeel: light and watery. Light carbonation is nice, but the drink is so insubstantial.

I like the balance of roasted malts and hops, but there's too little hoppiness for a good ESB and too little malt for anything else.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 23:54:44 | More by Phelps
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish amber, with a little more than one finger of light tan head that settles to a nice creamy cap. There is also a fair amount of lacing that lasts.

The smell is a nice balance of citrus-y hops and english malts, with the hops being slightly dominant.

After warming slightly the beer is becoming more complex. Spicy hops hit first, then a nice bready malt flavor a second or two after the swallow, followed by the bitterness in the after taste that stays with you.

Overall, I am fairly new to ESB's, so I'm not sure if Scarlet Lady is a pristine interpritation of the style or not. However after half a case or so, I think it is a wonderful beer and it has moved into my top 5 "go to" beers. Not too bitter, but it does well to satisfy a hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 13:47:19 | More by jculler82
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AtlasBrew

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass
Freshness date: "Best By 06/10/09" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Color: Scarlett like the lady herself with a semi-fizzy, off-white head. Descent head retention.

Aroma: Fresh biscuits and toast with sweet malt and lovely fresh floral hops. Hints of molasses come through as well.

Taste: Semi-sweet biscuit malts, toasted steeliness, mildly bitter. There is some bitterness that comes as it warms. A tang or tartness comes out, possibly from some finings used to match that heavy mineral taste of "Burton on Trent" style water.

Overall: She is my favorite ESB, I love the malt flavor and aroma on this one. A wonderful example of what an ESB should be like. Love that Scarlet Lady.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 05:32:15 | More by AtlasBrew
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by 6/24/09 - 12 oz bottle. Nice clear reddish-copper hue. Slight tan foam, carbonation medium-paced. Aroma is decently malty, with a fruit essence, perhaps raspberry. The smell is not real potent, but still inviting.

The malty flavor is not too robust, it's very clean and carries a toasty dryness throughout. The subtle fruitiness sets it off well. I'm pleased that the bitterness is stronger than your average ESB, it hits you right away and lingers nicely. The key here is balance, and no one flavor comes out too strong here which is great. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. It's light, and the carbonation is very solid.

Overall a fine ESB, better than many I have tried. Would not have anticipated that I would enjoy this beer so much. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the bottle...

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 06:47:47 | More by bennetj17
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Best by 8/24/09. Appears a clear crimson/amber color with about two fingers of light ecru foam. The head settles to a thin layer within a few moments leaving minimal lacing on the inside of my glass. Smell is dominated by caramel malts and bread. Tastes of bitter grassy hops, toasted grains, biscuity caramelized malts, and sourdough bread towards the end. Medium in both body and carbonation. Bitter and dry from start to finish. Worth a try if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:45:07 | More by ClockworkOrange
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A - Pours a clear copper with a tan head that falls to a mottled skim layer. Some nice lacing.
S - Toasted malts hit my olfactory equipment first. A little hop bitterness.
T - Some hop bitterness, some biscuity malt and some fruit. Decent.
M/F - Medium body. Carbonation level is a little higher than my favorite British versions but not bad for an American.
D - This is decent though I really like the Stout's versions of German brews which are totally in their wheelhouse.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 05:10:13 | More by ThirstyBird
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mempath

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 14:30:54 | More by mempath
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WalrusJockey

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. I don't have a lot of ESB experience, so this may be a bumpy ride for all of us.

A- clear, bright, golden red color. With the light behind it, it is pretty close to the color on the label. Head is negligible.

S- caramel malt is, by far, the dominant aroma. Vanilla is a runner-up.

T- sweet, light, roasted malt flavors, edged with bitter hops. Caramel is very noticeable, and further behind are some faint nutty flavors. The caramel and nut flavors are especially prominent in the aftertaste, which is like sugar-roasted nuts in the winter. Over all, well balanced, appropriately bitter, and richly flavorful.

M- very light, and crisp.

D- easy drinking, as is to be expected from an ESB. Personally, however, I don't know that I would have several in a single go, though I might. I will enjoy the others in the fridge, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 01:51:01 | More by WalrusJockey
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium copper in color with reddish highlights... Lively carbonation... A finger and a half of light khaki foam... Respectable retention... Nice lacing... Foam clings to the glass on the way down...

S - A nice blend of malt and hops hit the nose immediately... Caramel... Toffee... Hops... Perhaps some faint hints of fruit...

T - A fairly text book ESB, but slightly more hop forward... Caramel... Crust... A faint nuttiness... Slightly piney hop presence...

M - Clean and crisp... Medium bodied... A tad too much carbonation for my liking...

D - Rather average (not necessarily a bad thing)... A brew with an excellent appearance that is a slight let down in all other categories...

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 12:55:44 | More by philbe311
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PEBKAC

New York

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from New Beer. Washed out BB date on the neck reads 3/??/09. Purchased at the end of January.

Poured into my DFH rounded pint glass.

Two inches of caramelized milk-colored head over a clear & deep copper body.

Smell is stuffy with crackermeal, lightly bittergreen hops, caramel, stale pepper, & metal shavings.

Taste is sweet upfront with bready malt & grapefruit rind. Toasty malt fills the middle with some grape skins & some light brown sugar. Body is thin & sharp, but not overly carbonated. Finish is resiny with pine & dusty bread.

Aside from the less then clean finish, & the slightly off smell, I think this is a really good ESB. Just enough hop presence, & a good backing of malt, without adding unnecessary body.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 05:44:45 | More by PEBKAC
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poures into a pint glass. Poures a copper color with a thick off white heading. That leaves lacing throughout.

Smell of fruits and toasted malts are immediate. Very little hops to this.

Taste has a sweet malty taste with a very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium bodied drink with a good sting of carbonation.

Drink is realtively good.But couldn't see myself have anymore than a few. Really don't like ESB's.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 00:17:03 | More by TheFightfan1
Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.