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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: scottum on 08-29-2006

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!
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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 144
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date noticed.
Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
It pours a tan-hued amber color with a thin to medium-sized off-white head. Some patchy and webby lacing rim the glass.
This is where Old Ale meets ESB. It has traits of both styles.
The first smell is sweet rummy malt, followed by fruity esters and citrusy and resinous hops. A slight musty, beer-spilled basement smell lingers in the background.
Flavors of sweet toffee, caramel malt, molasses, citrus, fig, pine, and white rum create a bit of a confused mix and balance, but the end result is pretty damn tasty.
It's a fairly heavy brew for an ESB, or thin for an Old Ale, but again, what does it matter if you enjoy it?
I will try to braise a little bottom round roast and create a Beef Carbonade with it. Maybe add some root veggies and wild mushrooms into the mix.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good refreshing brew after a long ride on Kingdom Trails in East Burke. It was great to walk in to a gas station market and snag a local beer in a 22-ounce bottle. Highly recommended -- strong enough to mellow me out after logging miles. Best part - solid flavor from start to finish. Worst part - I split the bottle with a friend and only had half.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

a colossal esb, as hoppy as any ipa, but still very much done in the English tradition. bronze in color, mostly clear, and holding a white head for quite awhile. also a real affordable bomber around 5 bucks, super fair here. an aroma of grassy bittering hops in aggressive proportion, and enough carbonation to tickle my nostrils as I sniff. malt is big too, some probably 60 crystal, as well as some maris otter or the like, its bready and fat I the middle, and a higher gravity English ale yeast dries it up pretty good. the hops are center stage throughout though, and the balance that the style usually demonstrates is ignored. that's okay through, the magnum is a fun varietal not often used in such hefty doses and I think the result is good. rock art has evolved nicely over the years, and this extreme series is all worth checking out. love the hoppy Vermont stuff, and rock art deserves more attention for its hoppy beers. top quality.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a dark orange, with a one inch white with some floaties, leaves some lacing. Smell is pear, pine, hard candy, and some grass. Taste is better, a good amount of grapefruit in the finish, some carmel in the beginning to go with the flavors detected in the nose. Body medium large, plenty of life, not dry, and for a hop lover very drinkable. Not really sure what style this reminds me most of, but a nice somewhat different beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sjverla
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Sweet and fruity. Definitely a little boozy. Apple cider notes. A little bit of musty/earthyness.

Appearance: Very hazy - like unfiltered honey - same golden amber. Deep and bitter. The malts are complex; sweet like brown sugar and burnt. Hops are very present. Very grassy and mildly lemony. The alcohol is noticeable, but not over-powering. Feel is lively.

Overall: Reminiscent of a barleywine, but more complex than some. A really nice beverage. I had to re-review because my palate was off the first time, and I'm glad I did.

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

Pours a nice looking amber/copper with orange gold high lights. A thick dense and bubbly head is produced on a slightly vigorous pour. The ivory colored head leaves long spotty lacing as it receeds.

I guess Magnum and tomahawk hops are used in the making of this brew.
A fairly aggressive hop bouguet here with aromas of
citrus and fruits peaking through. Pale malts have a buttery essence to them.

Taste is of pale malts, sweet and buttery at that. Hops have a lemon citrus tartness maybe some grassy aspect also.

Mouthfeel is medium but smooth and does a great job masking the 8 abv. There is alittle tiny warming at the end but this beer drinks more like a traditional esb. Carbonation and attenuation could be boosted alittle bit I think.

My first offering from the fine folks at Rockart.
This extreme beer is well made and highly drinkable and is a fine example of an esb be it amped up that is. I wonder how this would be on cask.

Photo of UA8
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber color with a tall off white head.

S- Toasted malts, english hops, touch of lemon rind. Nice but fairly simple.

T- Leads with light citrus and herbal hop notes along with some semi sweet malts. Finishes with bitter herbal and pine euro hop notes.

M- Medium body with big and soft carbonation.

D- Overall a beer that does nothing to offend but also doesn't do too much to step away from the pack. Good balance but doesn't come off as smooth as many other top ESBs.

Photo of scottg
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a two finger white head with good retention. Sweet fruit aromas couple nicely with the citrus hop aromas of orange. Pine and grapefruit hop flavor up front followed by some light malt and alcohol with a bitter dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, light carbonation. Very hoppy and high alcohol for an ESB which explains the ESB cubed in the title. Not a session beer but worth a try.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark golden orange with half a finger of white head that settles down to an even thinner layer.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, subdued grapefruit, grainy, and a noticeable alcohol burn on the nose.

Taste: Bready malt, caramel malt, bitey bitter hops, very bitter taste none of the alcohol from the nose coming through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, some what syrupy and a dry bitter finish.

Drinkability: A very interesting take on the ESB style, if the nose were better on this, it'd give Three Floyd's Lord Admiral Nelson a run for the title of my favorite of the style. Might pick up again.

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped for $3.05 from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton...
Pours a golden, hazy, copper-colored hue with a foamy and frothy head that quickly receded leaving a fair amount of lacing...
Smell was full of hops and bitter caramel, clean, crisp, and strong...
Taste was about average for an ESB if not slightly better, with noticeable hops, slight caramel and vanilla, and a noticeably bitter aftertaste that lingered on the pallate...
Rich and thick mouthfeel with average drinkability due to the strong bitter factor associated with the brew...
An average sample to say the least, and for the fair price I paid, certainly worth a shot...

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a fluffy 2" head that sports some large bubbles. Light lacing develops duringhte session.

Smell: grapefruit and honey sweetness comes through cleanly and is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruits, honey, green grapes, and a hearty bitterness are wrapped in a mild alcoholic blanket. Dryness abounds. Definite ESB on steroids.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry from the start and finshes smooth and dry. Medium-heavy in body. Long flavorful aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a session beer, but an enjoyable one. One bomber was easy to quaff and enjoy. Worth a try.

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra in a trade with aapp. Cheers!

A- Pours a hazy orange golden color with a thick rocky foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Hoppy nose with pine, citrus, and floral scents coming through. A touch of caramel and toast.

T- Very bitter upfront with a piney hops leading the way. An interesting finish with flavors of bread, caramel, rye, and alcohol all showing themselves. Very hoppy for an ESB.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation (considering the style).

O- Overall a pretty decent brew that definitely MUCH hoppier than other more traditional ESBs.

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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.