Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Ratings: 673 |  Reviews: 373
Reviews by mobyfann:
Photo of mobyfann
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $1.19 for a single in Washington, PA...

This beer pours a clear amber-brown base with a medium head, minimal retention and no lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is a bit faint of sweet malts.

The taste reminds me of a lighter version of the German doppelbock. Sweet and a touch of toasty malt flavor. Very smooth, medium-bodied beer and maybe a bit too sweet for a session.

Final Thought: I like it but it is nothing special. Brewed from one of the greatest breweries in the country but I can't label this as an ESB, more like a "doppelbock light". I'll have a GL Moondog Ale instead...

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with well retained medium head,smell was sweet and malty and biscuity.Really appetizing on the palate,malty with a touch of friuty hop,ending with a very biscuity quality.Firsy beer from Stoudts and was not let down,I really think Iam gonna enjoy this area's selection of beers.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Rich and bright copper-colored brew with a creamy and sticky lacing. Fresh biscuity malts in the nose. Earthy, with an underlying damp, herbal character. Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that breaks through and provides some creaminess. Bone dry from the start with some grainy malts, hint of caramel, wood and biscuity finish. Hops aren't overly bitter (nor should they be), but there's a grassy snap that rides in on the carbonation to perk things up. Some dark fruitiness pulls through, especially as the beer warms. Nicely bal- anced. Biscuity and a bit tannic in the finish, which is very dry and moreish.

These days, and especially in the US, ESBs seem hard to come by. This is a good introduction to the style for those looking to broaden their beer experience--a flavorful session beer.

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

Poured out a great amber color. There is alot going on in that glass... millions of floater like sediment shooting around. This bottle was shared and the pourer did not think to even out the pour and we had a fun experience in that my glass caught the sediment and another was clear, the amount of yeasty taste was sooo different between the 2 glasses also. Lesson learned. Very balanced brew and very, very tastey and nicely sweet but not overly so. Juicey finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin lacing on a clear garnet coloured brew. Big aromas of toasted malt, fruitiness and a brush of herbal hop. The smoothness is spot on within the medium body. Toasted malt flavours seem to overwhelm the palate and shadow over the hops. Barely enough bitterness and hop flavour to balance, finishes a tad sweet and very little lingering hop.

I personally like my ESBs to have a big and bold fresh hop character ... sadly this one did not.

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Photo of merlin48
4.59/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper amber, not much of a head even with an aggressive pour but leaves attractive sheets of lace. Aroma of sweet, buttery malts, floral hops balance, and walnuts. Mouthfeel is light bodied, minimal carbonation, and slightly watery. Taste lives up to the bouquet's promise of a fine ESB. Excellent toffee malt sweetness, nutty walnut, superb mild hops bitterness. Perhaps a bit of "watered down" effect midway through, but this doesn't distract from the exceptional flavors going on here. I've not been impressed with many North American ESBs, but this one reminds of the topnotch Propeller ESB from Nova Scotia. This one has some very minor flaws, but taste and drinkability make this ale one of the best ESBs I've had from North America. Highly recommended to fans of fine ESBs.

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Photo of KolbMarley
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a new sampler case from Stoudt's. I drank this in a pilsner glass. Date is clearly stamped on the bottle. (Yay!)

Pours a beautiful reddish/copper with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head drops to islands and a ring with good lacing on the glass. Carbonation is evident.

Aroma is fruity, earthy brown sugar, toasted and caramel malts, and a barely there floral hop smell. The aroma is about the malts.

The first flavor is toasted malts and brown sugar, very clean, balanced by an appropriate level of hop bitterness. The floral hop flavor is kind of pushed back by the malts, but it is there. Aftertaste is toasted caramel, earthy and crisp, with a lingering hop bitterness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is malty, but not sweet, with a soft to medium level of carbonation. Hop bitterness is there on your throat and tongue. Finish is crisp and pretty dry, nice.

The expiration date on this bottle is 12/20/05, so this is very fresh. Beers like this change fairly quickly. This is an exemplary representation of the style, and the freshness had something to do with that, I believe.

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Photo of Spotupfor3
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Clear,vibrant red color,2" thick slightly off-white head.some wisps of tiny bubbles stringing together tightly knited.Good retention with a fair amount of laced curtians down the glass.

A good malty aroma with sweet carmell,toasty and nutty.A pleasing fruityness,a nice and complex aroma.

A light carmell taste,astringent,grassy,candied tastes,friuty,slighty sour finishes tart with some citrus rind. The taste was a bit of a let down after the nice aromas.

Medium body,grainy,some sourness. Goes down fairly easy, just nothing to really make me want to drink more

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark red/amber with a small sticky light brown head. Nose is very malty and a bit hoppy, but still light and sweet.

Taste is very malty and earth. A bit nutty and a little sweet, a good amount of bitterness but a big step below an IPA. Easy to drink with a good smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a fingernail of tan head rests on top. Heavy lacing is present. The aroma is of amber malt with a lightly copper note and delicate earthy German bittering hops. The taste is a subtle, yet the amber malt is the dominant player. The grassy German hops and noticeable in the back of the palate. The mouth has a smooth profile with a light creaminess.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Watch out, this Scarlet Lady is a temptress! A superb English-style bitter, especially notable in that it comes from an American micro whose specialty is German-style beers. Thick layered head over a clear amber body; good malt foundation if a little horsey and woody. No matter; the rawness adds to the overall appeal. Hops give just the right twist of freshness, amplifying the terrific, medium-thick quality of the liquor (water). Very drinkable, excellent finish, and seemingly thirst-quenching - except that you're never satisfied! This can go head to head with the best of the UK but is distinctly American, perhaps primarily because of the water. I only bought one bottle and now I am very sad.

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Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper colored with a thin off-white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving no lace.

Aroma of bisuity malt, ripe fruit, cinnamon and citrusy hops.

Flavor fairly matches the aroma - doughey malt, ripe apple and pear, cinnamon and toffee, and light citrusy hops. Fairly balanced, no flavor overpowers another.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a tickly finish. Good session beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a sizeable off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells deeply of bread and malt with a hint of hoppy citrus.

Taste wise it starts off with a fair amount of caramel malt and a little bit of a toasted-nutty flavor.The middle seems somewhat sweeter in the diacetyl kind of way. Smooth and buttery. The finish is slightly dry and hoppy. A well rounded brew. I'd like to have a few more.

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Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of gunnerlincoln
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dwren89
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber with reddish and gold highlights, thick, fluffy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: caramel, bready, some earthy hop notes, slight floral character as well

Taste: less flavorful than I had hoped for, and certainly less malt character than true English ESBs. Some malty, caramel character that finishes bitter with some earthy and floral hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. This would be better if it was less carbonated like English cask ales

Overall: Not bad but I don't know if I would get this again. Caramel and bready malt character with earthy and floral hop character. A good start for any beer but this just seems to be somewhat poorly executed.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, first I must say that this beer on cask improves it so much. I have had in the bottle on tap, but on cask this is a different animal alltogether. Appears copper amber with an off white toffee toned head leaving full even wonderful rings of lace around my pint. Aroma is heavenly with buttered kent goldings the mixture of the malts they use with the English hops in this English style ale blend to form one full inviting aroma. The tste is mellow with hops and rich with mallt yet it remains hoppy just not to hoppy, very balanced session brew that I is a treat to all. Very creamy silky texture to it with the oily resins trickling lightly on the palate giving this medium bodied true to the style ESB one amazing mouthfeel. Wow I could have easily had at least three of these wonderful creations, great representation of an awesome style thanks Carol.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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