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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ - Rock Art Brewery

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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 Lexluthor33

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Hazy orange color with a generous,foamy head and decent lace.

The aroma of fruit/citrus,malts and pine notes.

The taste starts off mildly bitter with a sweetness that rushes in right after. Herbal hops and caramel with a spicy touch. The alcohol is present,but not in your face.

The feel was medium to heavy in body with low carbonation and a really smooth finish. It had a good balance which I thought was essential for everything to work.

Notes: The drinkability is not for session. I like big beers and I love beers that are between 8 and 9% and have the booze well masked,but two of these would be fine for me. Not hard to drink,not a sipper yet this could sneak up on you. A fine beer.

07-16-2009 02:12:53 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of patrick802


4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-04-2014 19:43:51 | More by patrick802
Photo of AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-07-2013 02:42:44 | More by AngusOg
Photo of balinor


4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-02-2013 19:59:55 | More by balinor
Photo of oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-11-2012 05:46:31 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-12-2014 19:45:48 | More by wonothesane42
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent. It's sweet smelling with some mild bready notes. The hops are present, but take a back seat to the malts. The taste is good as well. It has a solid malt bill that's big on caramel and bisquit malts. It's bitter, but not overly so; at least it's balanced. It goes down easy with a piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I'm not sure it's the best ESB, but it's complex, bitter, and quite enjoyable.

03-31-2010 23:09:09 | More by WesWes
Photo of ejimhof


4/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color.

Smell - sweet malt dominates.

Taste - caramel malty and sweet not overally bitter as described by some.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and creamy.

Overall - I liked this beer and could easily drink more than one in a session.

06-12-2011 02:52:13 | More by ejimhof
Photo of tdexterc


4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-06-2012 17:46:43 | More by tdexterc
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sampled on tap at Monk's in Philly.

A - Golden and hazy with a thick white head and good lacing.

S - Fruity and floral hops.

T - A citrusy, grapefruit flavor dominates the experience. It really tasted like a west coast beer. There was enough sweetness to balance it nicely. This is the first beer I've had from Rock Art and I was impressed.

M - Good body with a nice level of carbonation.

D - I found this smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink.

07-03-2008 00:06:45 | More by GJ40
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +5.8%

I have to admit that for some reason I purposefully avoided anything from this brewery for quite some time. And then I said to myself: "Hey self. Maybe it's time to try something from this brewery."

Pours a foggy orange brown with a crème head. Nose is hopped. Comes off as a resin-like and very mildly citric edge. Flavor is like a mix of Double IPA and ESB. Hearty hops with a perfume like edge to it. A noticeable bitter tone hits on the end as well. Pretty full carbonation and a well bodied liquid aspect make it nice to drink. I have to agree with Ding on this one and say that this really does seem more IPA-ish that ESB-ish. It's nice-ish to drink-ish, but the whole ESB cubed-ish thing just doesn't really work out.

01-01-2008 06:10:09 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of DZales1000

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-13-2012 16:58:22 | More by DZales1000
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-29-2012 11:24:59 | More by jmmy3
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-28-2013 02:59:05 | More by kwjd
Photo of TK5150


4/5  rDev +5.8%

A- Pours a murky orange with highlights of yellowy orange around the edges of the glass. The head is off-white and small.

S- Oranges and maltiness. Not much else going on.

T- Oranges, bitterness, and a little crystal malt lingering at the finish. Very straightforward.

M- Medium bodied and perfect carbonation. Feels nice in the mouth.

D- I could see myself drinking this this summer. Very drinkable, not complex, yet has a nice flavor.

Overall, not like any other ESB I've ever had...the hoppiness is distinctly American. I am not complaining. A very enjoyable beer. I will probably drink this again this summer, especially since it's $3.99 a bomber.

06-12-2010 06:20:16 | More by TK5150
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Thanks to Gillard.

A: Pours a medium copper hue with a puffy head which shows good retention.

S: Nice blast of hops backed by wonderful caramel malt.

T: Wow this is not your average ESB. This is hopped to the max. Tons of pine blast the tongue along with hints of citrus. Caramel and biscuit malt are there to even things out a bit but this is one hoppy ass ESB.

M: Medium to thick in body with a nice level of carbonation.

D: My favorite ESB to date.... being a hophead I think it has a bit to do with the hops.

06-06-2008 13:52:06 | More by tpd975
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

02-13-2007 02:51:25 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of BeerNerd84


4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-09-2013 17:45:11 | More by BeerNerd84
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tasty and effective pale ale/esb.

Pours hazy deep copper with a dense cream colored head that rises an inch above the beer. Smell is dense and hoppy with pine and grapefuit and a thick caramel malt backbone. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, with piles of caramel and thick grapefruity hops. There is a rich peppery bitterness that clings to the back of the throat, but the overall mouthfeel is thin in the middle, with a surprising tea-like quality.

02-26-2010 23:45:12 | More by Seanibus
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +5.8%

A: cloudy orange body, 2 finger head, wonderful lacing

S: pine, orange peel, malt, grapefruit

T: grapefruit, pine, malt, long sticky/ oily finish

M: med/heavy body, sticky/ oily mouth

O: Wow, look forward to enjoying more
from this small VT brewery. This is like
ESB+Imp IPA hybrid.


09-21-2011 16:53:27 | More by BeerLover99
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-28-2011 19:56:19 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber color, a little hazy, with good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – definitely more on the hop side. There’s an interesting addition that I can’t quite identify. I don’t think it’s the caramel that they add, it smells like something earthier than that…maybe maple syrup?

Taste – also tastes pretty hoppy. You can taste the hops in the beginning before you feel their bitterness in the middle. That same interesting quality that was in the smell is also in the taste. I still think it could be something of a maple syrup that’s added. Subtly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-rounded in the texture, not leaning more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – very decent brew. Interesting to think about and good-tasting.

04-12-2012 03:18:38 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

05-16-2008 22:56:09 | More by Sammy
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

05-04-2008 15:31:14 | More by MrMonkey
Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.