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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ - Rock Art Brewery

Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%

Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 MrRetardedMonkey

New Hampshire

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

Pours a clear light straw color forming a three-finger, swiss cheese looking off white head that fades quickly to a floating cap but leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is light biscuity malts and lots of floral and citrus hops: big orange and grapefruit aromas.

Taste begins with some sweet bready, pale malts that lead into some real bitter floral hops. Some bitter orange peel and grapefruit rind continue into a long dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel; creamy up front before finishing crisp and dry.

A great ESB, but the ABV limits the drinkability just a bit, especially when putting back a bomber by oneself.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 15:31:14 | More by MrRetardedMonkey
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Very fresh from the factory. A bit of cloudy medium yellow, with perpetual white head. Hop aroma is significant. Medium plus mouthfeel, a dangerous drinker and good and full IBU.suitable carbation. A paradigm shift for Rock Art and unique.Double ESB.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 22:56:09 | More by Sammy
Photo of alexgash


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

12 oz. bottled in March 2008.

Partly cloudy (bottle conditioned) nectarine gold body with a puffy, creamy, glass-crawling, cotton white head. I really like the look of these bottle-conditioned hoppy golden beers (see Two Hearted). Big time butterscotch and DMS on the nose. Butterscotch cookie malt, rummy fruits, and some resinous hops. Maybe a bit too buttery.

Shortbread cookie and butterscotch malts lead off the palate. Boozy fruits fill-in as big hop bitterness closes in and takes over. Resinous, herbal, minty, and quite bitter. Malt gets a bit stronger as the glass warms. Tongue-numbing finish. Soft, creamy, minerally feel in a medium-full body. Not bad, especially if you like hops!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 23:35:56 | More by alexgash
Photo of DrJay


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

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Slightly hazed light orange/gold colour with a finger of fine, off-white foam. Plenty of fine lacing as the bubbles settled, good retention. Heavy floral and grapefruit in the aroma, quite juicy, reminiscent of citrus pith. Solid bitterness with a sharp citrus bite, plenty of fruity grapefruit throughout, lingering long into the finish. Biscuity malt and caramel appeared towards the end, but stayed in the background. Light alcohol and mild hop spice in the finish too. Mild warmth, medium body with moderate carbonation, maybe a little on the high side. Creamy texture. Really quite good. Easy drinking for the abv with lots of hop flavour.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 01:27:04 | More by DrJay
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a name! Good thing this one lives up to that mouthful. A cloudy (unfiltered) straw gold Extra Special Bitter with orange hues. Developed a creamy, glass-crawling white head with good retention that left some nice lacing. Strong, hoppy aroma with a medium-heavy body. Malty bread, apricots, butterscotch, citrus notes. Yum. A great example of their Extreme series, bold and complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 02:37:57 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Shaw


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber in color with a huge, rocky white head. It has light carbonation.

A nice floral hop aroma, with notes of biscuit.

It's quite bitter, with plenty of flavor from dry-hopping. There is a bit of balance from the malts. It also has a nice, earthy quality.

The body is light. I'd like a bit more substance.

This is a fine hoppy beer and a steal at $3 for a 22-ounce bottle I bought in Waterbury, Vt.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 06:08:28 | More by Shaw
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not your typical ESB, This one poured out with a nice deep orange color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of this beer was definitely dry hopped and gives off plenty of floral hop aromas in the nose. The taste of the beer was nice but again not a traditional ESB flavor. Big amounts of bitter flavors dominate the maltiness of this brew. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a nice smooth texture with a sharp crisp finish to it. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit but if you're expecting a true ESB style beer look elsewhere because this one is more like an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 21:14:15 | More by Knapp85
Photo of skivtjerry


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

Pours cloudy with minimal head. Golden to light amber color. Highly carbonated. Very strong attractive aroma of malt and English hops. Very pleasant maltiness upon tasting that fades to a nice blend of malt, hops and alcohol. Doesn't taste 'extreme', despite its name. Doesn't knock my socks off but very drinkable. An 8% session ale??!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 00:25:44 | More by skivtjerry
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

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

Poured out light brown with an inner glow, topped by a frothy off white head that dissolves into a thin film. Very minimal amount of lacing. Great nose, balanced if not particularly complex. Big hops and malt balance out and hide the alcohol well. The taste goes more towards the hops side on balance, herbal, but there is still good malt sweetness holding up the other end. Has a wonderfully crisp mouthfeel, finishing long and then clean.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 20:49:02 | More by dherling
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
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 lacqueredmouse


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

Golden orange body, nicely cloudy with some clumps of yeast sediment. Head is filmy, just a slick on the top and a fine ring of white foam around the edge. Nice lacing. Body looks incredibly thick, the sediment looks like it's caught in honey. Great looking beer.

Delicious, lucsious tropical fruits on the nose. Passionfruit, guava, lime and babaco. Nice, but it doesn't have much else to it. Just the sweet bomb of fruity hop character. Still, it's a great nose. Could use some more crazy complexities to it, a bit more depth.

Really nice flavour as well. Strong hop presence, lots of spicy astringency, which mellows to a dry, vegatative or even chalky character. Long palate dies away very slowly to an almost eucalyptus bite. Nice. It's not a palate wrecker, but it's a pretty powerful beer. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. You could have told me this was 5% ABV. I like it.

Great beer, but you'd be hard pressed to drink more than one or two. Nice for now though, very robust.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 06:27:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of jmz62565


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

Pours a clear eddish gold with a large white foamy head. It's a nice looking beer with good lacing and a lasting head. The taste is a malty hop bitter explosion. The intial sip is sweet malt then bitter hops with alcohol. A pretty good Bitter. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well making this a very good beer that should not be missed and one of Rock Art's better beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 06:29:04 | More by jmz62565
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 cpetrone84


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

Had on tap at McGrath's in Harrisburg

A-pours a deep golden amber color that is pretty much opaque from the haze. Head is pure white and bubbly.

S-the nose has a fair bit of wheaty malt, notes of orange juice with pulp, hints of caramel and grain with a floral hop backbone.

T-toasted grains and caramel malt up front, pine and citric hops more towards the back. a fair bit of brown sugar and caramel roll in. a fair bit of citric hops in the back and a dank herbal presence. an assertive bitterness that lingers for a moment to finish this off.

M-medium body and syrupy with a grainy tough texture. strong carbonation and a slightly messy carbonation in the finish.

D-interesting beer, seems quite big almost american barley wine style. very balanced and interesting, huge flavors and hides the alcohol quite well. tasty treat.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 16:06:45 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of WanderingFool


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art Extreme ESB pours a hazy copper color with a creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a ring around the beer leaving a few spots of lace on the sides of the glass. An aroma of orange and lemon citrus hops with just a hint of pale malt hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly creamy on the palate with a mild carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mainly a citrus hoppy flavor with notes of orange and lemon. Towards the end there's some caramel and pale malt sweetness with bit of bubblegum flavor mixed in. Once gone the citrus orange flavor and a bit of caramel malt linger on the palate.

This beer could use a bit more malt to balance out the hops. Otherwise it's a very tasty beer that hides it's 8% alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 23:19:03 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy honey color with a fluffy snow white head. Great staying power and sheets of lace are left behind. Very nice.

Big hop aroma - pretty much all pine and citrus. Slight touch of caramel in the background.

Hops dominate in the flavor. Equal balance of juicy citrus and resiny pine. Sturdy malt backbone periodically peeks out from the hops, adding some caramel sweetness and biscuits. Quick lash of bitterness on the tongue in the finish, along with some lingering spice and dryness.

Medium bodied, smooth and slightly tingly on the tongue. The bomber goes down nice and easy, but couldn't see having more than one.

Very good, not great - solid brew and an interesting take on the style. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 02:09:10 | More by Lupe
Photo of emmasdad


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint. Amber color and slightly hazy with a nice rocky, white head. Aromas of toasted malt, nuts and a bit of hop. The hops really come through on the palate, along with biscuity malt and a bit of citrus. Full-bodied, with some good bitterness on the finish. Not my favorite style by any means, but a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 03:23:56 | More by emmasdad
Photo of SouljaSaia17


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber color with a good 2 to 3 finger bright white head that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation as well.

S: Very unique smell to this beer. Im getting some earthy, resinous hops, followed by a slight citrus and caramel. I also get a hint of spice and rum aroma.

T: This has a flavor that sticks right in your mouth. Has some hop bitterness up front but not like an IPA. I get some molasses or a syrup flavor along with some bready notes at the end, which give this a dry finish.

M: Mouth feel is lots of sticky bitterness upfront and then mellows out a little. Medium bodied beer that definitely sticks out as an old English pale ale type of beer.

O: The saying on the bottle says it all, "this ain't for no mama's boy or daddy's girl". This is my first Rock Art and I am a bit impressed by the complexity of this beer. Not something I would seek out again, but good to experience at least once.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:18:59 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of miskatonic

New York

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

Had this beer on draught here in Manhattan, and boy was I surprised. I've always been fond of drinking beers from this brewery while making visits to family in Vermont, but I was surprised to start seeing the beers available in NYC, and very surprised to see this beer, which is brand new and a very unexpected style to come from a brewery that regularly offers much more mild, and easy drinking session beers (and this is no session beer). The MET ESB3 pours a rich amber color, almost honey gold in it's hues, with a nice frothy head (alpha acids working their magic?). The nose on this beer is very spicy and hoppy, with almost no detection of malts which maybe is due to late addition hops coupled with dry-hopping (I'm guessing). The first taste is full of peppery citrusy hop bite and a crisp dry finish, but after a few more sips the hops balance out and there is a very nice malt sweetness that blends with the strong hop bitterness to offer a very tangy yet still dry finish. This is a very very hoppy and well balanced ale, and the malt flavors I would expect from an ESB are definitely present, but the hops take over very quickly with big grapfruity piney flavors. This is an excellent brew, but I need to do further research with it to see if I can fully appreciate the idea that this is a double (or as the brewer seems to imply triple) ESb. A very good selection, and highly endorsed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2006 17:06:47 | More by miskatonic
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 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
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.