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Oliver's ESB - Pratt Street Ale House

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A special bitter with a dark amber color and smooth body. It has a good malt to hops balance and is fairly high in alcohol. Chosen by Michael Jackson for his book "Ultimate Beer".

(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-07-2003)
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

02-10-2012 14:53:50 | More by matt062286
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-17-2011 15:44:41 | More by mcphish22
Photo of Wobbly


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-13-2013 01:06:45 | More by Wobbly
Photo of WMEugene


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-08-2012 18:35:47 | More by WMEugene
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a clear amber touched brown. Malty caramel nose. Thick character with a leafy bitter tone. Caramel thick malt character holds sway over everything. Smooth feel. Carbonation is mild with a larger bubble than the Best Bitter had. Nice one here, but a bit more robust and heavier than the Best Bitter (which I've decided I prefer more.)

08-14-2008 19:31:28 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dball


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
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy copper body that settles down to a haze, and a whipped egg white head that leaves sheets of lace on the way down

Smell: Modest earthy aroma

Taste: Starts with a touch of the biscuit; after the swallow, a nice fruity element apperas followed by an earthy/woody bitterness

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with low carbonation

Drinkability: Smooth, rich and bitter - what more could you ask for in an ESB; this is a classic

09-06-2006 00:00:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

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
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-04-2013 04:00:40 | More by Swift989
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a pint glass:

A: Poured a clear amber color with a very light white head that was retained for an adequate length of time.

S: Aroma was very earthy with some hints of hops and malt. Nothing outstanding about the smell, but not bad.

T: The taste was excellent. Good malt and hop balance. Not much more needs to be said about it, just an excellent flavor.

M/D: The beer was very creamy and smooth with a medium body. The beer is highly drinkable. I would have had a few more but there were others on cask that night, but I would go back for this beer.

07-29-2008 21:07:33 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Figure you enter an English style pub, you got to have the ESB. Nice looking beer - deep copper color with a foamy head. The aroma is alright, noting some floral and sweet tones. The taste was great, since this is served around 50 degrees the bitterness and malt were nicely balanced. There was some lacing on the glass as the drink was consumed. The tongue was happy with the smooth bitterness that lingered. Overall one of the better ESBs I have had.

10-07-2003 22:48:22 | More by Gavage
Photo of Dithyramb


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Copper/golden color with a malty/hoppy aroma (or is that just the surroundings?? that is the same smell that permeates the rat) This is an extremely well balanced beer with just a tinge of alcohol on the finish. Goes down wonderfully with the pub grub. Not too bitter, with no nasty aftertaste.

Of the four cask conditioned brews at the Camden Yards location, this was by far the best that I tried last night. They also allow their "friends" to serve this as well. You can get the ESB over at Bertha's, though they give it another name. They serve it just right there, too.

05-26-2004 20:51:10 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of cubedbee


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Served from the handpump at the Wharf Rat, this is a light copper with a littly haziness, a big 2 finger creamy head, great retention, great lacing. Nose is a nice balance of malt and floral hops, slightly nutty. Taste is a nice slightly roasted malt, caramel, with an earth flowery hop balanced perfectly. Very simple but delicious. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, velvety and creamy. I think this is my favorite beer, i could drink this all day.

11-21-2005 03:37:08 | More by cubedbee
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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
Photo of John_M


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Had this on cask at Frisco's the other night.

The beer pours a solid amber, copper color, with a very nice creamy head and good lacing. This beer has a very attractive, impressive nose, consisting of roasted malt, apples and cherries. The beer is quite flavorful for a low abv. (relatively low) ESB. It starts off fairly sweet, with very nice flavors of roasted malt, apple again and cherry (in other words, the flavors on the palate replicate the nose). The beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel, and comes across as quite drinkable. There's a touch of dry, bitter, hoppiness in the finish, which is also quite nice. Quite well done.

This is a very nice ESB from Oliver; one my favorite beers made by this fine local brewery.

08-12-2007 16:22:13 | More by John_M
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A wonderful brew, thanks to the hand-pulled wizards at The Wharf Rat. This dark golden bier, in all of its shimmering glory, was served at a fantastic 54 degrees, and not one degree cooler. Ahhhh...bliss. The aroma and flavor are omnipresent, and offer toffee and caramel goodness. A really special ESB, and one that I will have again the next time I am in Baltimore.

Zum wohl!

05-23-2004 12:22:51 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Thorpe429


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
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

This is very solid representation of an English ESB. Hand pumped from the Wharf Rat in Fells Point.

Deep amber hue with a great head for a hand-pumped pint.

Smells almost sour but with a decent hop profile.

Tastes very good. Has that distinct English taste. Almost metallic with a nice hop finish to back up the sweet maltiness up front.

Very good mouthfeel. Stays on the sides of your tongue. There is a subtle grain feel to this one.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Good for a long night of conversation in a great pub.

11-23-2005 23:10:16 | More by Terp96
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

From the cask poured into a pint glass. Served at a perfect 54 degrees. It pours a deep amber color with one finger of head. There is lots of lace rings left on the glass. The smell is full of caramel malt and hops, very well balanced. The taste has lots of malt up front, some vienna malt maybe. Lots of snappy hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. The drinkability is really really good for a 6.0% ESB. A great cask ale.

03-12-2004 00:30:55 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of ffejherb


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
Photo of Aenema


4.03/5  rDev 0%

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark mahogany while retaining a thin white film of a head with lacing that covers the side of the glass.
Smell - Malt, but not much depth or character to the nose.
Taste - Firm bready malt backbone with a well balanced bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel - Creamy, smooth and well-carbonated.
Drinkability - Very drinkable and enjoyable.

05-13-2009 19:43:39 | More by Aenema
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Wharf Rat/ Oliver's- ESB

Appearance- dark dirty/ muddy brown with a thick frothy head.
Smell- heavy malt. Earthy, like a mixture of tubers and earth.
Taste- thick and creamy. Heavy earthy malt and hops balanced nicely.
Mouthfeel- thick and smooth. Warm yet refreshing.

Overall- my first beer from Oliver's and a damn good 1.

06-06-2006 02:03:14 | More by NJpadreFan
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-16-2012 21:41:47 | More by mendvicdog
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-24-2013 18:01:17 | More by Boone757
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-30-2012 14:17:48 | More by KevinTK
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Oliver's ESB from Pratt Street Ale House
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