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: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 8/14/12, though the numbers are a little smeared.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and half inch fluffy offwhite head that dissipates slowly. Pours a hazy copper and leaves a few splashes of lacing.

Smell: Fresh pastry and marzipan. Bready malt underneath. A clear, almost-fruity cola note comes out with time, sort of "cutting the richness" of the aroma. Cake-like malt forward aromas stay pretty strong over time though, and really brings out the different malt flavors in the beer. Some nice caramel notes pop up as well.

Taste: A little watery up front, then all the malt depth of the aroma comes out in the flavor. Various pale malt and caramel malt flavors come through, tasting like country bread, gooey pastries, whole grains, with Willamette hops lurking around here and there. Finishes very clean, feel-wise, but has a lingering white bread aftertaste.

Lots of great flavor and balance here. There's a decent bitter bite in the middle that doesn't so much restrain the malt flavors (which aren't overly sweet to begin with) as it adds a nice crispness to the feel; just works well with the carbonation to excite the palate. The malty flavors develop with time, and I notice different things with every sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Somehow both watery and creamy. High side of moderate carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: Stoudts does beers like this (lower alcohol than most craft beer, lots of flavor, emphasis on balance) so well. It's rare to find malt flavor this robust in American beers that aren't stouts/porters or high ABV. This beer is right up my alley.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice off white and fluffly head, manages maybe just a little over a finger, sitting on a very dark red amber body, kind of dull a bit, not much noticeable carbonation but pretty clear.

Nose is a real nice toasty cinnamon and malt. Subdued sweetness and an appealing baked sense. Seems like a nice smelling brew.

Mid palate seems a bit wet, and all the flavor is in the swallow. Faint toasty malts and bread, with a good mix of herbal tea like finishing. Very light palate though, almost nearly nothing to taste upon first sip. A nice hop English IPA like finish on this so slightly. Palate after some time brings out some milky chocolate.

Overall not bad, you could do worse fairly enjoyable. I could have this again, but don't desire it.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish copper. Some foam, but no layer remains. Malty smell. Caramel notes. Smooth mellow malty taste. Light hop. A little sweet. Some toffee too. Very tasty. A mild english ale, very simple, but good.

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Photo of magine
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear, slightly hazed amber with copper red edges. Off white head is thick and settles to a nice layer. Head settles to a lacy island. No lace to speak of. Lack of lace hurts.

Brew smells of caramel malts, biscuit and faint hops. Average nose.

Brew is malty smooth up front and has sweet fruity hops as well. Lots of malts here in the middle. Giving way to a crisper hop finish. Caramel malts, biscuit, fruit hops some floral hop resin as well left behind. A good solid brew here.

Great session brew; good flavors and feel here. A nice case drinking type brew.

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Photo of drtth
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazy redish amber color with a 1/2"
white head that persists for quite a while and leaves some lacing on the sides as it slowly recedes. Sipping creates scattered small patches of lacing.

The aromas include the toasted malts and a bit of citrus from the hops.

The flavors include the rich malt sweetness with a touch of bitterness from the hops. The finish is lightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and creamy with the light but persistent carbonation.

A which may not be outstanding but which is an easy to drink beer that I'll be having again since it is easy to find it local and fresh.

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Photo of horshack7
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a dark amber red with a few brown hues. On top is an off white head that leaves a little bit of lacing upon thinning out.

Aroma: Sweet fruits in the front some pistachio notes and a few almonds. Bready malts, caramel both citrus and floral make themselves known.

Taste: Toffee, bready malts, almonds, light citrus fruit but mostly malt forward. Chewy mouthfeel with a light stickiness.

Notes: Nice and malt forward and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber with nice cream colored head

S-creamy hops and caramel. smells bitter and fresh but is faint

T-comes in with just a great taste of bitter creamy hops and caramel. its a clear and crisp taste with an after-taste of burnt biscuits. it works.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a slightly dry finish

O-this is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. it is perfect for the long haul. i know it comes in bottles, but wow a few cans of this and a fishing trip would be pure happiness. the flavors aren't unique or very bold, but they are crisp and smooth

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Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Robust red body with a thin filmy cream-colored head.

Toasted malts, some grapefruit hops and a touch of pine. Very light in aroma.

Sweet toasted caramel malts with some bitterness from candied hops. Grainy and slightly tinny. A bit of tart apple combined with a diffuse bitterness in the finish. Quite nice, really.

A little thin, but with great effervescence. Easy-to-drink.

Stoudts always seems to impress me, and this ESB hits the spot. Give 'er a try!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a reddish-copper color. The head is small and quick to fade giving very little lacing.

Smell – A bit of sweet malty breadiness and caramel is mixed with a very light floral hop aroma. The aroma is nothing too potent and quite subdued.

Taste – A somewhat biscuit maltiness first meets the tongue. There is a bit of sweetness; mainly caramel in character but mixed in with a bit of of grassy hoppiness. The hopiness increases to some degree with the loss of much of the sweetness. At the end there is a lingering more bitter malt mixed with hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Light and rather crisp with an average carbonation level; both of which lend to it being very easy to drink, yet sorta simple and boring.

Overall – Its rather average in my opinion. I would have it if offered to me, but wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one itno a pint glass, it has a amber color body with not head or lace. The smell is of toasted bread and a nutty aroma. The taste has a nice nuttiness to it and some carmel notes with a little bit of hops closer to the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is nice well balanced and overall is a good beer.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with very little off-white head.

The scent was of bready malts with a little bit of a citrus note.

The taste was of toasted bready malts, a bit sweet, notes of citrus.

Light bodied, smooth and clean, moderate carbonation.

Overall this was a decent beer, the flavors were a little light but not displeasing.

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Photo of paulginva
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced a very small (1/4" max) light tan fizzy head with thin head lacing that had virtually no retention. The body was a softly carbonated cloudy deep copper color.

AROMA: The most dominant scent was the enticing sweetness of caramel, with toasted bread, a bit of nuttiness, and a modest amount of other malts, a pleasant overlay of light, grassy hops and a slight whiff of oak.

TASTE: A little lower sweetness than I expected and hops are a bit more prominent, but overall it is nicely balanced. Moderate toasted malts and caramel with a bit of breadiness. Again, an overlay of light grassy hops with maybe a slight taste of citrus and a hint of banana.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer seemed to be moderately full bodied with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. There was virtually no body lacing and what there was dissipated very quickly. The initial flavor was highly sweet. That moderated to a somewhat satisfying light sweetness and a moderate hop bitterness at the end of a medium finish. There was a slightly bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: This is a pretty simple brew and would be easy to drink all day. It's a decent, but not great example of an ESB but would probably be better suited to use in the spring or fall, as opposed to the summer, due to its fullness. It's a little different than a standard ESB. That doesn't mean better or worse -- just a little different than I expected.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This will be my first beer in this style, so I'm not quite sure what to expect.

Pours a nice deep copper color, with a hint of orange-pink almost. About a finger of off-white head, little retention.

Smells of bready, light malt and a bit of citrus that even smells a bit metallic... not sure if I like this, but what the heck. I've smelled worse.

The taste is probably the best part about the beer. But it's still nothing to write home about. Very balanced, there's just a bit of tangy bite on the front, nicely followed by a light, sweet malt backbone.

The mouthfeel does compliment the flavor nicely, however. I feel that it's just right. Just a little prickly, but not so much as to make the beer seem more bitter than it really is. Well done.

Overall, a pleasing beer. If this was readily available, I would have no problem with having a few of these. But for now, it's off to more adventures in beer tasting...

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. This review taken from notes on iphone.
Pours a nice reddish copper amber color, white fluffy head. Smells of caramel malts, grassy and earthy hops, bready. Taste I get some citrus, earthy hops along with sweet malt - nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation, nice dry finish. Overall a very enjoyable ESB, this is becoming a favorite style for myself.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Bronze with a finger and a half of light tan head.

S: Light toasty malts, faint herbal hops, and a little bit of smoke.

T: Caramel and toasty malts, medicinal-like fruity notes, and some rye.

M: Medium body thickness with some creamy texture.

O: It's an average, boring ESB with weird twists here and there.

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Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love PA brews! Loved the balance on this one. Poured a nice copper/red color into a standard pint. Fluffy white head disippated to half inch foam. Soft aroma typical of ESB with bready malt followed by moderate hops. Like I mentioned above, nice balance. Drinkability was high due to the smooth carbonation and light body. Would seek out to try on tap.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

3rd Stoudts beer of the night poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Dark amber brown that's clear in color. Head is a bit opaque in color and I got a nice inch with some good sticky lacing.

S - Smells of malts and sweetness of caramel soaked breads and some herbal tea.

T - Wow I got less sweet than I expected. More grassy hops and dry herbal tea flavors. Finish is kind of dry as well. Not very sweet.

M - Light to medium but the dry factor makes this one hard to drink.

Overall I have had a few ESB's in my time but this is surely the driest one and less sweet than all the others. Still if you like iced tea without honey or sugar this dry ESB could be right up your alley. For me I will stick to their Pale ale or lagers.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazed, reddish amber with blonde highlights. 1 finger of fluffy head dissipates slowly to a creamy topper. Good lacing and moderate carbonation. There is some black sediment that floats around in the glass that I really don't know what to make of.

N: Strong caramel aromas and a hint of floral (maybe grassy) hops.

T: Black tea, grapefruit and floral hops upfront followed by caramel malts, some grassiness and a hint of lemon. Finishes grassy and floral with a light bitterness.

M: Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: This beer sort of tastes like home brewed iced tea. This is a solid ESB but is nothing special. However it is very refreshing and would make for an easy session ale.

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Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with "Best Before 12/22/11" stamped on the side of the bottle.

Pours an inviting reddish-bown color with good clarity. Cream colored head stood about one finger tall and has since settled to a thin lace. Moderate head retention.

Smell is very clean and malty with some grassy hops in there as well. Rather tame and mild aroma overall.

Super balanced beer here. Smooth and malty up front, and then you get a touch of bitterness towards the middle, with a slightly nutty finish.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A good example of the style that leans more towards the true English examples than the hopped up American ESBs.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good fall beer IMO. Especially if you're burned out on Oktoberfest style beers.

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Photo of Samp01
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber with a short lived tan head. Sweet caramel malt, some dark fruity notes and sweet tones of dates fill the nose. Taste is sweet caramel malts some sweet dates and dark fruits with some light hops. Palate is nice medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish sweet caramel malts with tones of dark fruits, and dates balanced by some late hoppiness in the ending. Overall a good drinkable ESB.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red orange color beer with a small white head. Smells of wheat, malt, yeast. It tasted of slight citrus, bread, yeast, and other herbs (bay-leaf).
The mouthfeel is refreshing, light to medium bodied.
Overall a pretty good beer but like all the other stoudts I have had they still don't stay true to their styles. This is not a ESB tasting at all.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really, really, Really nice looking ale.
A ruby copper coloured ale here producing an unfortunate smallish white head. Alas! it's very quite nicely attenuated thus helping to maintain a rather dense and thick frothy surface layer.

There is a nice rich malt aroma and some ceral grains.

Balanced taste is well done here in this instance with a light earthy hop taste and mildly sweet malts.
Taste is sutle.

A quite nice medium mouthfee with a slighty dry finish and bitter aftertaste.

A good well tasting brew.

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

Appearance of whitehead rocky nice lacing head last minute plus. Copper brown color no hazes or particles.

Aroma sweet metalic aroma up front toasted and caramel notes. Citrus and earthy hop aroma.

Flavor mock up front hop bitterness in the finish. No not sure if bite is to do hops or c02.

Overall med to light body good drinkability finishes clean maybe over carbonate.

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Photo of bpw28
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very small bleach white head, dark orange/light copper, decent lacing

Smell: Fresh red and green apple, yeasty, smooth light roast smell, pear, light floral, cherry, light caramel

Taste: Smooth but good body, amazingly tasty bready, lavander, light roasted, floral, less fruity then the nose but I get some peach and red apple, just enough hop backbone to round it out.

Final Thoughts: A nice little brew. My only complaint is the lack of head I got and the lacing, but its not bad. Just like a fine woman, this is a fine brew.

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Photo of jifigz
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep burnt red/brown color with a small head. This beer also has beautiful lacing sticking all over the glass. I love that.

S: I can't really smell much of anything from this beer. What I do smell is slightly burnt and caramel-like.

T: Nice light flavor profile. Initial taste is something like mildly sweetened iced tea with a slight burnt and toasted note. Everything seems very well proportioned and the bitterness is just the right amount to balance the malt.

M: Pretty average mouthfeel. Not thick and bold and certainly not watery. The carbonation does seem to be a little much and stinging to me though.

O: A nicely balanced beer that is easily drinkable and enjoyable. The flavors are pretty light and this should be an easy one for someone not all that "into beer" to enjoy and kind of broaden their horizons.

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Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 670 ratings.
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