AleSmith All English Anvil Ale ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Dark ice tea pour summons a monstrous 3 finger mushroomy crown that had a light peanut shell tint. Lengthy retention atop with a strong, quick rise of carbonation bubbles along the vessel walls. Big wads of spongy foam deposits adhere heartily on the sides.
S: Sweet crystal malts, lightly dry, spicy cola, cinnamon sticks and some earthy dry tea.
T: Flavor was earthy tea and dry crystal malts. The sweetness from the grains are balanced by an earthy bitterness, cola, and dry cinnamon sticks. Fresh green hopping with a soft hint of pear fruitiness. Some dry nuttiness, sweet caramel and some breadiness.
M: Mouthful is dry, nutty and bready, powdery with a medium body. Tingly micro-bubbly sensation.
O: Overall not usually a big fan of style but his may be a game changer. Nice soft, dry crystal maltbase, spicy colal, easy drinking and very good per style.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2013 22:59:51 | More by beerthulhu
4/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Alesmith
A: Deep reddish brown with a creamy beige head. Really nice color.
S: Lots of caramel with lesser notes of bread. Esters remind me of apple and a perhaps plum. There's a suggestion of sulfur, and a little tea character.
T: Toasted biscuit melds with bread and a subtle herbal tea flavor. Caramel is evident, and there's a low earthy bitterness. A touch of mineral accompanies notes of apple.
M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.
Overall: I'm not big on the style, but this is enjoyable and easy to drink. I prefer this to the regular Anvil ESB.
Serving type: on-tap
08-05-2011 00:22:16 | More by HopHead84
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at Alesmith, served in a 12 oz plastic cup.
A - pours a red-copper color with a modest white head
S - faint smell of hops
T - up front bitterness hits the palate, bready/yeasty with a nice malty backbone, finishes with caramel and a little sweetness
M - slightly creamy with a medium amount of carbonation, coats the mouth but finishes very clean
O - very good example of an American ESB (cask), I enjoyed the characteristics the different yeast imparted and overall liked it a touch better than their standard Anvil (cask)
Serving type: cask
04-19-2011 23:28:56 | More by Enish266
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on the 2007 BA Decadence release date. This version of Anvil ESB has English malt and yeast, and no dry hopping. I was told that they created the yeast strain for a "special beer" they didn't want to reveal yet. The 2008 Decadence (an English Barleywine) perhaps?
In any event, pours a brownish copper. Large foamy tan head. Smells like sweet toffee and a bit yeasty/bready. No hops in the smell.
No real hops in the flavor, either. Mostly a sweet toffee caramel and a bit of yeastiness to it to add zest. Lots of malt. Creamy.
Serving type: on-tap
03-14-2009 03:15:52 | More by Overlord
AleSmith All English Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
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