Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB
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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESBStoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: 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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass
Freshness date: "Best By 06/10/09" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Color: Scarlett like the lady herself with a semi-fizzy, off-white head. Descent head retention.

Aroma: Fresh biscuits and toast with sweet malt and lovely fresh floral hops. Hints of molasses come through as well.

Taste: Semi-sweet biscuit malts, toasted steeliness, mildly bitter. There is some bitterness that comes as it warms. A tang or tartness comes out, possibly from some finings used to match that heavy mineral taste of "Burton on Trent" style water.

Overall: She is my favorite ESB, I love the malt flavor and aroma on this one. A wonderful example of what an ESB should be like. Love that Scarlet Lady.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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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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4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color looks amber / copper in color, small hop/floral nose...On the palate it starts with caramel malt up front(so good!), notes of apples perhaps, touch of butter, slightly bitter throughout, tiny hop bite towards the middle, and has a slightly fruity finish. Very enjoyable ESB! I love this stuff!

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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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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear medium amber with thick head. Nice hoppy aroma. Full of flavor, and richly bitter. A nice woodsy character floats through, reminiscent of wheatgrass or as I almost put it, it kinds of tastes like dandilions (in a good way). Has a slight sweet character, as this beer finishes and coats the mouth with a full mouthfeel.

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4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by 6/24/09 - 12 oz bottle. Nice clear reddish-copper hue. Slight tan foam, carbonation medium-paced. Aroma is decently malty, with a fruit essence, perhaps raspberry. The smell is not real potent, but still inviting.

The malty flavor is not too robust, it's very clean and carries a toasty dryness throughout. The subtle fruitiness sets it off well. I'm pleased that the bitterness is stronger than your average ESB, it hits you right away and lingers nicely. The key here is balance, and no one flavor comes out too strong here which is great. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. It's light, and the carbonation is very solid.

Overall a fine ESB, better than many I have tried. Would not have anticipated that I would enjoy this beer so much. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the bottle...

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4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comsumed vom Fass at Stoudts on 07.20.02. A very nice ESB. Fantastic colour with a rangy head sitting firmly atop. Freshness personafied. Aromas of biscuity goodness with a solid hop twinge. A good balance of malt and hops in flavor. One of the best domestic ESBs I have had. A session brew for me if there ever was one. Well worth the try.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow!!!! Ive been drinking for awhile now, and this came up on my rotation, and i was disappointed in the fact i didn't have it earlier!!!! an incredible, distinctive beer. pour the ruby tinted amber dark color that every beer lover loves, though it hold a lace on a glass that a convesiour would appreciate, has a mellow taste for a pale ale, considering this brewery which in every instance i have experienced has pushed the taste to the limits for evertype i drank. it seems to me they focus more on actue taste than mellowness, but yet i could easily seem myself pounding these with a happy face; this is yet another approved beer.


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4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured from the bottle with a 1/2" white foamy head, which quickly evaporated-away. Lacing was negligible. Body was a moderately carbonated dark orange-amber color. Not overly impressive in the 'appearance' department.

S- Smells of sweet malts and melanoidins. Slightly nutty and doughy aromas were also present on the nose. Very promising aromas.

T- A distinct nuttiness hits the palate first, followed by some prominent melanoidins and sweet crackerlike malt. Some low-alpha hops emerge in the middle and into the finish. The finish itself is largely bitter from low-alpha hop additions. Super-tasty!

M- A nice medium body... slightly underattenuated, which works very well for the style... and the carbonation is adequately soft.

D- Good aroma, fantastic flavor, and good mouthfeel combine with a sessionable alcohol level to make this brew exceptionally drinkable!

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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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