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Schlafly Winter ESB - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 01-09-2002

Our Winter ESB (Extra Special Bitter) may have the word “bitter” in its name, but the key to this style is balance. The combination of malts and hops creates a toasty, fruity flavor. Our ESB is dry hopped with a US grown hop varietal called Williamette, which has a pronounced spicy, lemon flavor.

In the early 1970’s, brewers in London and the south of England expanded the range of beers available in pubs, reacting to the wave of European lagers moving into the British pub scene. In addition to the ordinary bitters and pale ales, brewers developed recipes for stronger premium ales like ESB, special bitter and special pale ale. These beers contributed to the English traditional ale revival of the 1980’s, making their way into the beer portfolios of many American craft breweries.

30 IBU
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thick off-white head that recedes slowly.

S: Aromas of lemon jelly, orange marmalade, crackers, biscuits, leather, tobacco, cedar, and caramel fill the nose.

T: Robust notes of caramel, biscuit, crackers, leather, tobacco, tea, black pepper, lemon jelly, lime zest, orange marmalade, and cedar fill the mouth. The finish is spicy and fruity with pronounced flavors of cedar, leather, black pepper, orange marmalade, and lemon jelly.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is active and crisp.

O: An interesting ESB. The mixture of American and British hops in this ale is pretty unique. I especially appreciate what Pilgrim brings to the table. This is very much worth a try for those who enjoy British-style ales and/or unique hop varietals.

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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle filled 11-15-2013.

Pours lightly hazed, medium amber with a fine, durable creamy beige head.

Aroma of baked bread, light spices and fruity hops.

Flavor: conservatively spiced, the fruity citrus character seems to be the more unusual feature in this ESB.

Feel: smooth with medium but very soft (natural?) carbonation.

O: This winter ESB Schlafly Winter ESB is lighter than your average Winter Warmer, providing another good choice for the holidays. If found it to be enjoyable on a hot Spring day as well.

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3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with quite a bit of sediment from the bottle making it into the glass. The saving grace is the thick, rocky head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma is extremely fruity. Lots of orange with some grape and cherry as well. Maybe just a touch of biscuit but it is faint behind the fruit.

The taste has even more fruit. I know pretty much every Schlafly beer has this fruit note from what I assume to be the yeast but this is just a little overdone. Heavy dose of orange and cherry along the same lines as what is in the aroma. Lots of malt in the way of caramel and biscuit but it lends a bit too much sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite sweet and sticky.

Overall, this one just doesn't do it for me. Too much fruit and overly sticky make this a bit of a mess. Drinkability is very limited and it just doesn't seem that well put together. I'll pass next time.

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Schlafly Winter ESB from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.