Oliver's ESB - Pratt Street Ale House
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
Served into a shaker glass on cask at Pratt Street Ale House.
A-Ruby reddish color with nice finger of creamy head. The lacing was pretty spectacular, coated the whole glass without hardly any holes in the lace.
S- Malty aroma
T- Malty, bready, with mild fruity hop bitterness towards the finish
M- Creamy and smooth, finishes dry
O- Very creamy beer. I have only had a couple other ESB's, but this one takes the cake. Great balance and highly drinkable beer.
03-28-2011 01:18:55 | More by Hoptometrist
4.15/5 rDev +3%
Had on cask at The Wharf Rat in Baltimore:
A - Reddish copper, hazy, creamy head.
S - Light roastyness and herbal hop scents.
T - Toasty malt backbone with carmel hints. Well balanced with bold herbal bitterness.
M - Medium/Heavy bodied, creamy smooth.
D - Enjoyed this very drinkable.
12-14-2010 01:41:46 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
On cask at Pratt St. Ale House on 11/20/10.
A - Beautiful cask pour revealed a reddish, copper-toned liquid with deep amber hues and a solid finger's worth of creamy froth on top that retained brilliantly and deposited spotty lace around the glass.
S - Aroma blends light noble hops with a biscuity malt character and toasted bread notes as well as a hint of herbal, tea-like hops.
T - Toffee and caramel comprise the sweet malty base of this ESB. However, the hop character isn't bashful here, and boasts a fairly bold slap of grassy, herbal bitterness. Finishes with a hint of toasted grains.
M - Smooth and full-bodied, this is a creamy, robust ESB with a very pleasant mouthfeel. Finishes bittersweet on the palate.
D - Great straight-up British style ESB that really shines on cask. This is a full-bodied ale with a nice hop presence and really creamy texture. This one delivers the whole package.
12-01-2010 01:39:02 | More by ffejherb
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Reviewed from notes. On cask at Pratt Street.
Pours a moderate caramel color with a white head and a good dose of lacing. Nose brings some light woody and earthy hops as well as slight caramel and toffee. Taste is the aforementioned toffee and caramel as well as slight hops. Good creamy feel with a nice body. Drinks really well and is a nice American ESB.
11-03-2010 03:17:25 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
The Oliver's ESB pours with a beautiful robust amber color and a full and creamy head. It is as good as any ESB I've had. I'll certainly get it next time I'm at the Ale House before a game. It is a mildly hopped fully malted beer that goes down remarkably smooth and brings a smile. cheers to Buck's Birds.
08-21-2010 19:47:11 | More by dball
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
On cask at Churchkey in Washington, DC.
A - dark amber with a creamy white head, decent lacing
S - malty nose, a lot of caramel and some earthy tones
T - Roasted malt and caramel, not as bitter as I was expecting. The alcohol makes itself known but isn't overwhelming.
M - Smooth and balanced, not too thick. Hardly any carbonation after coming out of a cask.
D - Had three of these over the course of an evening and could have had a couple more, this is a very drinkable beer
05-14-2010 01:54:03 | More by sjflynn
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
A-Hazy deep copper with a thin white head that held on and reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.
S-Light toasted biscuit, a hint of sweet caramel and faint spicy, herbal hops.
T-Toasted biscuit up front with some dry nut like astringency. Light spicy hops in the drying finish.
M-Medium-light bodied fairly creamy, soft and quite smooth. Drying finish with nut like astringency.
D-A little light on the aroma and palate but this one builds into a nicely dry, spicy brew. A pleasant and very easy drinking ESB. Well done.
03-08-2010 00:28:18 | More by Deuane
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
I actually wish I had this on the CO2 tap, but it was good - reminds me of the classic British pub bitters I have had in England. It is not, however, something wildly innovative - just a solid pub drinking beer.
Pouts dark hazy copper with incredibly tight dense head. No real aroma but flavor is toasted and malty, little hop character. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
01-30-2010 23:12:56 | More by Seanibus
3.83/5 rDev -5%
Had this beer on cask at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a goblet. Beer is brown with a thin white head. Completely clear, no lacing and low to non-existent carbonation.
Aroma is reminiscent of butterscotch. I know this is a well known off flavor but this is really kind of pleasing, burnt sugar / caramel aroma without being annoying or overwhelming. There may be a slight alcohol aroma in this beer.
Beer tastes woodsy, thin slightly bitter, and really sweet. The smell accurately matches the flavor. Its a little too "sweet" for my tastes. I put "sweet" in quotes because often what people describe as sweet in beers is a malty character that isn't like sugar water.
Beer is also a little thinner than I expected. The cask could have something to do with this but I'm giving it a slight deduction because of it. Drinkability of this beer is about as high as an ESB can get. I would recommend it.
11-07-2009 20:45:44 | More by drabmuh
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
A: Shimmering amber color, frothy creamy white cask head, great retention and lacing.
S: Full scented roasted nuts and carmel, faint hops.
T: Full flavored roasted nuts and carmel. Biscuity. Nice hop flavors.
M: Creamy, smooth, soft, great cask carbonation.
D: Excellent ESB, one of the tops in the style.
09-07-2009 15:54:31 | More by rfgetz
Oliver's ESB from Pratt Street Ale House
89 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.