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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ - Rock Art Brewery

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An ESB squared! It’s big! It’s bitter and it’s balanced! Heck, we even dry hopped it with Tettnang hops, but I’ll admit the Tomahawk chewed up the dry hop and didn’t spit it out!

(Beer added by: scottum on 08-29-2006)
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Photo of Vancer


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, nice brew sent by gpcollen1
for my BA annv!

Hazy, lazy amber orange pour – lookit that pillow of ivory floating on top, and ring laces per the duration.

Citrus and pine in the aroma – quaff had these also, but with a bit a sharp bite. Orange and grapefruit also make an appearance. Even after 9 months of cellering the alcohol has a bit, not bad, of a burn – but it does smooth out towards mid-bottle. But maybe I’m just getting a buzz, either way this beer works for me – a good drinker and sippin’ beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 16:23:58 | More by Vancer
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a medium chestnut brow with an extremely fluffy head that sits atop the beer almost like a merengue. Really beautiful

S-Soapy piney hops with aslight twinge of caramel

T-Strong on the hops. The hop profile is slightly more citric than the smell with touches of pine. Way pushed to the hop side there is some caramel and biscuits. This is more like a west coast IPA to me.

M-slightly thick medium carbonation.

D-this is delicious. A hopheads treat

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2007 15:24:52 | More by sleazo
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A triple ESB is a difficult thing to fathom, but here goes...

Somewhat cloudy orange body, possibly chill haze. Three fingers of lunar surface white foam.

Takes a very deep sniff, but I finally pull some citrus aroma out of the glass. Was expecting much more oomph.

Nice semi-sweet malt base. Good rising tide of earthy and citrusy hops. Citrus notes linger on and on post swallow, the most extreme thing of the beer.

Solid medium/light mouthfeel. Good, enjoyable drinkability.

A solid pale ale ? Sure. A triple ESB ? Maybe an ESB-and-a-half. An EESB. Unfortunately though, the label hype had me looking for something bigger and better than Troegs HopBack Amber and this isn't in that league. Needs a bigger beer or a less boastful label.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 04:57:37 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from 12 oz amber bottle into Boston Lager glass.

Pours thick with good body, looking golden amber in color, hazy, with a nice white head that lingers, leaving great lacing all the way down.

Aroma at first pour is all about spicy, pungent hops. As it warms in the glass, a sweet malty note drifts up.

Taste is strong and sweet. Good, hoppy, puckering.

Mouthfeel is dominated by noted bitterness on the back of the mouth. Heavy body, lingering sour hop flavor.

Drinkability is pretty good, deceptive alcohol, no heat evident at 8%. Recommended. Reminds me very much of Bell's Two Hearted.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 00:13:33 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange beer with a 3 finger sized head and very sticky lace. Looks like my kind of brew.
S-Strawberry-kiwi snapple nose. No...really. There are no alcohol aromas in this 8%abv beer.
T-Sweet grapefruit citrusy hop on top. Strawberry-kiwi fruitiness underneath. A very sweet and sticky juicy malt surrounds with lip smackin' goodness. Very balanced and delicious. Hop bitterness builds as you drink to add to the sweetish finish.
M-Medium creamy ale mouthfeel for a session appeal.
D-Wonderful aftertaste. The strawberry-kiwi flavor and aroma is so unique I can't get enough. A well crafted, big american ESB of balanced complexity. One of my alltime favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 17:25:37 | More by mshallah
Photo of flexabull


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of cburian, thanks again!

Pours a clear gold color with a large head, and a lot of bubbles floating to the surface.

Aromas are bready, doughy, and yeast like. There are also some bright green fruits notes as well.

Taste is very hop dominate. It's a bit citrus fruit flavored, some green apple, crisp, dry, and with a mineral bitter hop finish. Underneath is a subtle caramel malty flavor, but it's second to the hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit prickly, and a touch overcarbonated for my tastes, but still not bad.

All in all, this is a pretty good and drinkable beer. An interesting take on the ESB style, certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 03:45:26 | More by flexabull
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1.6 pint bottle into a Trappist glass....hops cubed indeed noted as the beer is poured, aggressive yet respectful...consistent head on a dense orange body--look of a solid ESB...slick, straight-to-back of mouth push; aftertaste sidles over tongue’s edges...a complex beer, demanding a full drink...too much hops for an ESB?....a bit of citrus flourish... leery of anything labeled extreme--most of all, beer--and likewise leery of these Vermont brewers (i.e. Magic Hat) who can’t confidently categorize their own brews, I still am impressed with an 8% ABV that offers NO hint in the tasting whatever...this beer was a pleasant surprise, and provokes me to seek other Rock Art work...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 02:56:15 | More by dacrza1
Photo of DevilDogBeer


4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art Magnumus ete Tomahawkus ESB3 poured a great amber color with a little haze indicative of the bottle conditioned beer. The beer poured with an off-white head that had great lacing and stayed for the duration of the beer. The smell was nice and hoppy with floral and citrus notes giving the greatest bouquet. The taste was exceptional; the floral hops hit the front of the tongue with a pleasant hop bite that mellowed in to a citrusy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth but not heavy. The alcohol was not detectable in the taste of this strong ESB making it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:22:44 | More by DevilDogBeer
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light to medium copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was very good retentiona and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet, yet peppery oily hop. Hints of orange and honey are evident.

The taste featured a strong upfront resiny hop with peppery highlights. A slight medicinal astringency at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a bizarre dry finish. Lingering hop bitterness.

Overal a tasty ESB. Impressive, yet hidden ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 00:56:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of beermanbrian


3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice big off white head foams up with a strong pour. Clear copper color. Sticky lacing coats the glass as you drink it and it dosn't move. A wiff of citrus hops hits me when i pop open the bottle. At first taste though i get all piney resinous hops. The ABV tells me that there must be some sugar sweetness in this thing but it's hard to find through the pine. Some biscuit malt eventually shows through but just faintly. Mouthfeel is oily. I love pine but this one just dosn't have enough balance. The alcohol shows itself toward the end. Worth a try, but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 01:21:51 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with a medium head that was very sticky. Mostly a pine aroma, a little bit of floral presence. The taste was mostly all piney hops, a little late bitterness. It had an oily, not altogether pleasant mouthfeel. Not an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 13:30:05 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/17/2007 $3.25 22 oz. 8.00% No best by date.


Pours a hazy medium brown highlighted with some orange, and topped by a thin film of foamy tan head that is quick to settle.


Mild floral hops with just a touch of grapefruit alongside the barest hint of roasted malt.


Bottle is labeled "EXTREME" and then in small print "This Ain't For No Mama's Boy or Daddy's Girl", and at 8% ABV and 80 IBU's, I was expecting a bold, in your face brew. The floral and pine hops are fairly muted, though their hop oils provide a nice slickness to the mouthfeel. Flowery esters dominate the flavor up front, but are soon joined by a caramel sweetness that balances things out. Alcohol is apparent, though not in a bad way towards the finish, which has a tea-like sweetness and astringency. The IBU's creep up on you in this one, and as I near the bottom of my pint, I'm realizing that this isn't as balanced as I first surmised. For $3.25, this was worth the purchase, if only to have said I tried it, though I don't think I'll be doing so again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 00:53:38 | More by cbl2
Photo of far333


3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy honey colored with quick rising streams of fine bubbles running towards a half inch high head of thick off-white foam. The head lingers long and leaves a ring of lace around the inside of the glass as it lowers itself.

Aroma of buttery malt and hops - I'm picking up citrus, some floral, and a bit of pine, all the colors of the hop rainbow with none dominating. Maybe even a bit of alcohol ether showing through.

Flavor is initially piney hops, slowly morphing to...piney hops. Malt base is understated but some doughey malt does come through. It is somewhat hidden by hop bitters and alcohol fumes, and no other flavors emerge, save for some grapefruit rind.

Full and rich mouthfeel, fills the entire mouth as it rolls through. A carbonation tingle in the finish and an alcohol warmth lingers.

Not very drinkable for me, lacks depth.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 21:43:50 | More by far333
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Vibrant orange and gently hazed with a creamy off-white head that instantly grabs hold of the glass sides and digs in for a ride down the sides of the glass. Head retains well, and lacing comes in sheets.

S - A pretty standard big-hop profile with leanings toward the juicy citrus side rather than the pine side. Malts are unassuming, and just barely able to carry the weight of the big green cones. Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

T - Just when you expect to be bashed in the face with hops, you get a very pleasant repreive. Up front is a mild, English malt sweetness with nice undertones of baked goods and light caramel. In the middle, the hops join in the fun, but play nicely with the muffins to create a very pleasant balance. After the muffins go to bed, the hops stay out late and party on the back of your tongue, taking turns sliding down your drying throat into your belly, where a gentle alcohol glow awaits. Not nearly as extreme as the label might have you think, but excellently balanced.

M - Hangs just over the "watery" fence on the "slick" side where it belongs. Gentle puff in the mouth and a great, throat coating finish with little gassiness. Excellent!

D - Given things like the word "Extreme" and "ESB3", I was expecting to be blasted with a crazy, uber hop beer like everybody and their mother seems to be creating nowadays, precariously balanced on the brink of a gustatory cliff. Instead, I was presented with a genuinely tasty and super enjoyable ESB that, even though it uses a heavy-handed dose of hops, allows the malts to have a say in it's direction and character. My suggestion? Next time, let the "super-colossal, big, bold, and brash, you're-not-worthy, crazy and kooky" marketing bandwagon pass you up by creating a not-so-misleading label and let this well-crafted beer speak for itself.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 01:02:07 | More by EPseja
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly foggy apricot with a slight reddish blush. Atop the beer sits barely two fingers of ivory colored foam that is firm and bubbly rather than creamy. It's surprisingly sticky, though, and is doing a tremendous job in the lace department. Hop resins perhaps?

I think it's pretty safe to assume that the hop bill contains Magnum and Tomahawk (Columbus) at least. And I don't even speak Latin. Although the nose could be a little more aggressive, it's aggressive enough. Buttery pale malt is balanced by hops that are citric, herbal and earthy in turn.

Magnamus ete Tomahawkus does what it sets out to do. It's an impressively bitter (all 80 IBUs are present and accounted for), high ABV ale with flavors that are typically associated with the ESB style. Given the superscript '3' that appears in the name, I assume that the boys at Rock Art think of it as a triple ESB. Or would that be an Imperial ESB?

An adequate amount of pale malt (no hint of caramel malt) holds down the bottom end, while lemon citric, grassy hops cavort on the top end. I can't quite put my finger on it, but that 'extra certain something' that all good beer has is missing. I like what I'm tasting, I'm just not blown away by the magnificence of it. For some reason, I have a feeling that this is a beer that would shine on-tap.

Great job on the alcohol masking. A minor sting is present on the finish, but other than that it's smooth sailing. The mouthfeel is okay for a 5.0% ale, but not for an 8.0% beast. It's a trifle thin and could stand to have more invigorating carbonation.

This 'Extreme' beer is the best of the three Rock Art offerings that I've had so far. I'm sure that has a lot to do with the fact that I love me some hops. If you're a bona fide hophead who's a quart low on alpha acids, give Magnumus ete Tomahawkus ESB a whirl. It's pretty damn close to pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 14:23:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bomber. Pours a clear copper color, with a light beige, creamy, tan head of about 1/4". Minimal carbonation espied within, and lacing is plentiful and attractive. Nose gives off some toasty malt attributes along with some herbal hop notes. Not bad... Body is roughly in the medium range, though it is a touch prickly on the tongue.

Flavor has a little, light sweetness with toasty malt and caramel, but the hops are the dominant player here. They come across as herbal and somewhat earthy, with almost a suggestion of mint in there as well, lingering a while on the palate. In general, a decent bier, though the hops used here just don't do a lot for me in the manner in which they are combined. I'd drink another if offered, though I'd not likely seek this one out.


overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 12:47:40 | More by Bierman9
Photo of MmmIPA


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden yellow body with a off white head.Some nice lacing is left on the glass.Smell is pine and grapfruity and some buscuity malt tied in there for good measure.Grapefruit up front and there is a bitter hop in the aftertaste.Mouthful seams a bit thin and like dishwater but enjoyable with a good amount of carbonation.This stuff aint bad but its 80 ibu's and it dont seem that high.I would give it a higher drinkability but its 8% and that may get to you sooner then later.Good stuff but not somthing I will have again for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 22:59:51 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of Brad007


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has also been released into 4 packs as of recent.

Appearance- Yellow/pale in color with a thin head. Nothing impressive here.

Smell- Strong, fruity aroma. For me, it's easy to tell that it is going to have quite a punch.

Taste- Strong, alcoholic taste with some fruitiness. The alcohol dominates the palate though.

Mouthfeel- Leaves a bitter, stinging aftertaste and a nice warm feeling in the mouth area.

Drinkability- It's definitely not a session ale. Drinkability is average at best and if you are going to down a bottle of this, you should have some decent food pairings to keep the alcohol content (8.0% ABV) in check.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 02:06:25 | More by Brad007
Photo of theo871


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber direct from the brewery.

Pours a cloudy coppery-orange color. Fingernail-length head forms on top. Lots of lacing on remains on glass. Smells and tastes rather hoppy, very much like a strong IPA, with a bitter bite on the mouthfeel. Although at 8% you probably couldn't go too far with this one as a session, you will feel satisfied at the end of the bottle. Definitely a winner from Rock Art

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 03:03:01 | More by theo871
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking slightly hazy copper colour with a mid-to big sized creamy off-white head that has a lot of stickiness to it.

The aroma is a wonderful blast of hops which are balanced with a caramel malt sweetness. The hop aromas here lean toward the bread and/or pine variety and just make for some wonderful scents overall.

The flavour is hoppy but not as hoppy as the aroma. It is cut through with some bitterness and a bit of sweetness. There's more of a dirty earth quality here and some hints of pepper and perhaps other spice as well. Caramel sweetness is still here but much less apparent than it is in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very sharp to the tongue.

I liked this one. I was expecting it to be a bit more mellow than it was (although I don't know why as the word extreme is plainly plastered across the front of the bottle) but was not disappointed at all for a bit of a jacked up brew. I'd say it needs an ever so slight tweaking in the balance department to keep the malt more in line with the hops, but it's current makeup is still quite nice and I really have no complaints about it. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 01:27:38 | More by guinness33
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Sunset Grill. Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed this one a whole lot. Suprised to find it on-tap.

Poured a clear almost-gold in color. Color was perhaps a bit off for what I was expecting. Some spotted lace with a struggling foam head. Nose was malty and balanced out nicely with some mildly bittering hops.

Nice balance all around to this beer. Malts were sweet and even had a slight breadiness to the. Hops were a blend of spruce and evergreen and came out more as the beer warmed. I have a hunch this would be a copmpletely different beer if served out of a bottle. Medium body that filled out a bit as moved through the pint glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2007 18:55:50 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of scriabin


2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I love the ESB. It is right up their in my own personal trinity of beer styles, along with the weissbeir and english ale. I certainly give rock art credit for creativity, but this one is just a little over the top. It has a great appearance and excellent mouthfeel, but the extra extra hops and apricotish flavor were a bit of a turnoff. But maybe that's just me...

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2007 21:37:51 | More by scriabin
Photo of gpcollen1


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively clear golden amber into my imperial pint glass yielding an inch or so of head, slowly settling to a film on top. Aromas are light and crisp with more of a hoppy nose.

Carbonation hits the tongue and follows with a bit of citrus and something sweetish - not sure how to place it. Follows through with a bunch of hops - bitter and chewy - leaving a bit of cotton on the tongue and eventualy residing back in a dry place called bitterland.

This is an interesting brew, everything it said it was on the bottle. Not that I would drink this with any regularity but it does have a quaffable quality to it indeed, and at 8% that is trouble. I would, however, much prefer a nice sessionable bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 23:33:03 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of Globetrotter


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA in August 2006, then cellared for six months. Brown bomber with a green and yellow label featuring some abstract art under the label EXTREME, with the subtitle "This Ain't for No Mam's Boy or Daddy's Girl." No ingredient or freshness info.

Pours a slightly hazy copperish gold under a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly to thick bubbly film and thin collar, leaving just a couple drops on the glass. The nose is strong of citrus and pine, with a touch of sweet caramel lurking in the back. The mouth is well-carbonated and fairly light. Not much balance here, as the 80 IBUs kick in from the start, opening with a citrus inclination, then quickly moving through coniferous to espresso bitter. The aftertaste is strongly dry and bitter, less like espresso than like chewing on a coffee bean (or a hops pellet). The bitterness lasts and lasts. I'm enjoying it, but it definitely is extreme.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 19:35:15 | More by Globetrotter
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a hazy amber with a finger of white head that leaves a nice lacing as I make my way to the bottom of the glass. Smells of sweet citrus fruits like orange and also a slight raisin note. Tastes of ripe fruit, sweet caramel malt, and bitter hops. Finishes dry and peppery. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The high alcohol precludes this one as a session beer for me, but I had no problem going through the bomber by the time I finished a few slices of pizza.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 02:51:25 | More by ClockworkOrange
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.