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Trafalgar ESB - Trafalgar Ales & Meads

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 11
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 22.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Trafalgar Ales & Meads visit their website
Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: andrenaline on 06-15-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 11
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2.75/5  rDev -13%

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Photo of JClark
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A: Slight cloudiness, cuprous red.

S: Limited, but as an ESB I don't hold this against this. Faint hop and malt notes, but almost totally absent.

T: I can only really describe this beer as bland. At first, there's no real taste, but a solid mouth feel. Only much later do you collect a bitterness to it.

M: I do Like the mouth feel, it bites the tongue. I think this is partly why you can taste so little.

O: I wouldn't recommend this beer for purchase. It's pretty forgettable. Tastes nothing like a hobo's butthole. Also, not to be catty, but I found the label very unappealing.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Dec. 2014 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour, topped with just over one finger's worth of frothy, creamy off-white head. Good retention; it slowly seeps away over the next five minutes or so, leaving behind plenty of lace and eventually, a modest cap and collar. The aroma is malty, but modestly so - toasted nuts, toffee, molasses and bread crust notes come through, with a touch of earthy hops.

A decent English-style bitter. Bready malts, toasted nuts and butterscotch are the most prominent flavours, with a somewhat grassy, earthy bitterness coming through on the tail end. Mild, lingering bittersweet flavour. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a somewhat watery mouthfeel. There's nothing wrong with this beer, other than maybe the price - I mean, actual imported ESBs usually cost less than this.

Final Grade: 3.29, a C+. Trafalgar ESB makes for a decent glass, though it's not something I'll be rushing back to in a hurry. This is probably one of their more approachable beers, and it's definitely one of their more accessible ones. Give it a shot, but IMO this one falls a little short of stuff like Wells Bombardier or Hobgoblin.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light amber colour, thin layer of head with no retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Grainy, grassy hop notes, caramel, toffee and musty wet cardboard on the finish.

T - Rather mild, but earthy buttered bread, grassy notes, musty grains and a sour citrus bitterness that lingers.

M - Typical of most Trafalgar releases, a thin bodied and watery brew that finishes with a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A decent ale that offers up the staples of the style, yet tends to under deliver in the flavour department. Not the greatest, but it's still drinkable.

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Photo of EL_Gigon
5/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wajohnst
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tyler_V2
3.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hunterjames
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRObighit2
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Trafalgar ESB from Trafalgar Ales & Meads
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