Sessions ESB | South County Brewing Co.

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Sessions ESBSessions ESB

Brewed by:
South County Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Slatetank on 12-16-2011

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 21
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am sure that you may be getting as tired of hearing about the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody as I am about having to eradicate it, but each new beer brings me closer to closure.

From the bottle: "Developed and brewed using the finest ingredients."

Given its age, I went with a gentle pour following the Pop! of the cap. It required no effort on my part to create a finger of dense, rocky, foamy, tawny head with great retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a malty sweetness, somewhere between (or combining) honey and biscuit and/or bread, reminding me of my late maternal grandmother's home-baked biscuits. Mouthfeel was medium, but prickly from all of the carbonation. The honey sweetness was prevalent, underlain by the breadiness of the malt, plus I got a Noble hops-like grassiness. Finish had a semi-dry grassy bitterness which was pleasant enough, but not enough to warrant a steady diet.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of weaselchew
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Shineonsolar
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of yergermeister
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden, dark gold color (wow that's redundant). Not much head or lacing. Can taste the butters without bitterness. a slight citrus flavor hue. A little toffee and caramel. Excellent flavor and texture. Nice surprise. A good beer to put in rotation but not have a whole sixer. Drank with some skirt steak, pasta salad and broccoli slaw.

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Photo of Ludwigkpa
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quick six -served chilled in a tumbler.

The color is standard light amber with a creamy cap of pale tan which holds very well and the cream is made up of fine beads. The smell is nice with a good aroma of malt that includes a delicate spice note from the hops with a mild nutty odor. This has a very balanced feel with mild alcohol and medium light body. the bitterness is within range which makes the sweetness of the malt seem average. The feel is good for a sessionable strength EsB.

I enjoy the way the malt comes through on this with a mild caramel flavor that is augmented by a nice nuttiness. The flavor has a very good balance of malt with the spice of the hops coming through. There is enough hop in the flavor to notice but not enough to really pick out a particular taste profile ie- pine or fruity. The yeast presence is pretty clean yet has a mild buttery accent to the malt with the diacetyl still mild in the overall taste. I really enjoyed this first taste of South County and would be interested in having another of their beers in the future.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz. bottle pours to a huge, off-white, tight, frothy head that endures. Copper in color. Slightly cloudy. Perhaps a bit more carbonation than I would expect from this style. Lower ABV helps keep the taste smooth until the hops make their presence known at the finish. A good representation of an ESB. I would drink it again.

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Photo of gestyr
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an English-style pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, clear orange-amber with a white head that fades out to a covering layer fairly quickly.

S: Malt and caramel with notes of dark fruit and then a slight hops aroma.

T: The taste follows the smell. Malt and caramel followed by a light hops flavor and balanced by a bitterness. No carbonation sting.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. No carbonation bite, no alcohol bite.

O: A good representation of this style. Balanced and very drinkable. At 6.3% ABV, I would not call it a session ale but I will buy this again.

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Photo of mercysbane
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of csurowiec
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthVorador
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chucksim
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Sessions ESB from South County Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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