91 Propeller Extra Special Bitter, Propeller Brewing Co. (Canada). 5% ABV (2/08)
Reddish mahogany color. Roasted nut, soy and smoky, seared and caramelized pork loin aromas follow through to a round, vibrant and frothy entry and a dryish medium-to-full body with a very crisp bittering hops finish. A must try beer for barbecue!
88 Extra ESB, Breckenridge Brewery (CO). 7.8% ABV (3/10)
Dark copper brown color. Molasses, apple cider vinegar, sour cherry yogurt and baker’s chocolate aromas and flavors with a smooth creamy, dryish medium body and a tangy, roasted nut, kalamata olive and sour citrus finish. Intriguing―pair with game barbeque.
88 Bachelor ESB, Deschutes Brewery (OR). 5.3% ABV (3/10)
Deep amber color. Bold raw honey, cocoa, roasted corn and baked peach chutney aromas follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with brown sugar, sautéed kale and mint notes. Finishes with a long, tangy slightly charred citrus and nut finish.
87 Otter Head, Otter Brewery (England). 5.8% ABV (2/08)
Hazy copper color. Rich aromas of mocha, dried autumn and tropical citrus fruits, and toffee. A round, supple entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body of dry caramel, roasted nuts and tangy citrus peels. Finishes with a fine expression of classic earthy hops and a bit of pepper. A spot on ESB with well-integrated flavors.