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Anvil ESB Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

Anvil ESB Ale

Overall: 8.0/10 by 1 dude

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Trend: 8.0/10 over past 5 reviews

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)

ABV: 5.50%

Season: Year Round

Have Another: 100%

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  • Color: Deep Amber
  • Poured clear into my glass. Foam was enormous, off-white, and frothy. It doesn't matter how vigorous you pour, a huge foam is part of this beer. Retention was as good as the large head. Retention was mediocre for the amount of foam.

    Aroma is toasted malt with a pleasant floral hops. Dark fruits are there but only as a side note.

    Taste is toasted malt backbone at first with a blend of flavors that are hard to distinguish at first sip. Do to a well balanced beer? There is some light fruit as well as some slight dark fruits. Maybe even a sense of wine and musty flavors. Ever so little hop and bitterness but almost not enough to mention. Very interesting, very complex, and very good.

    A tingle on the tongue but not much carbonation. Medium body. There is an after taste but I have a hard time putting my finger on it.

    Not a style that I have had many of and, admittingly, because of my lack of knowledge of the style, I have avoided. This is a well rounded beer that has some nice complexities. Too bad I cannot get this beer more readily. Enjoy!
  • Reviewed: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 21:14:45
  • Tasted: January 25, 2010 by scot
  • $7.99 for 22 oz. bottle