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Another native North Carolina beer, and the first ESB I have reviewed, here is French Broad 13 Rebels.
Pours a hazy burnt orange with a sticky beige head. Smells of butterscotch and toasted bread. Toasted malt dominates the palate with hints of orange and butterscotch. Citrusy hops are noticeable, but not overpowering, in the finish, which is long, dry, and a tad bitter, but pleasantly so. It’s a little oily and slick in the mouth, but that dry finish is a nice contrast.
Overall, it’s a very solid beer. Plenty of flavor, good balance, nothing overpowering. Fun lacing, too.
I’m very pleased that my fee for helping some friends move was a 6 pack of North Carolina beers that I can’t get here in Ohio. My first is French Broad Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale.
Pours nicely with a bigger head than most Scotch Ales, and that familiar deep amber color. Toasted malt and toffee are coming through in the aroma. Rather inviting. Surprising amount of chocolate in the flavor. Toffee and smoked malt are rather noticeable, as well. Hops provide just a bit of a bitter and dry finish, but don’t overpower anything, just as it should be with Scotch Ales.The 7% ABV give a bit of heat in the flavor and warmth in the finish.
I like this Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale. Perhaps not quite in the top tier of the style, but the chocolate gives it a nice twist.