English Style Special AleJuly 1, 2007
Available: WI, MN, IL, IA
Not certain which style this is referring to — Extra Special Bitter? — but this is a well-crafted, penny-bright beer with a massive spicy hop aroma balanced by dark, nutty malt and berry fruits. Juicy malt, chewy burnt fruit and tangy hops dominate the mouth while the deep, complex finish offers dark malt, a hint of chocolate, bitter hops and a quenching dryness.
- Roger Protz
There’s a really talkative head here, accompanied by rich aromatics and a magnificent mahogany color. What a great way to start. But wait! There’s much, much more: the hop-malt balance is so grand, even irresistible. I do like this beer, and it is really worth lingering over — more than that: one must linger. How wonderful: flavor bursting forth across the palate with refined elegance.
- Fred Eckhardt
A very sociable beer. It's nicely balanced, easy to drink and full enough in flavor to satisfy. But it's not so demanding to require a lot of attention. Those notes of caramel, toffee and toasted malt will do just fine mingling in the background of fine conversation.
- John Hansell
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style.
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
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