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Dragonmead Sir William's ESB - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%


Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002)
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Reviews by dogfooddog:
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this sample received today from MABZ, many thanks. I may have opened too soon, beer explodes out and dumps a fair amount of liquid onto the floor.

very sweet fruity nose, after the head subsides it becomes more malty. this is a good bit sweeter smell than most ESB/strong bitters I have had, cask or otherwise.

reminds me most of a suffolk bitter, bittersweet fruity notes upfront, with a malty background that remains subtle. in specific it reminds me of cask king & barnes and harvey's beers.

seems fairly typical for style, which is hard to find in the US. pleasant, very reasonable ABV, and well worth trying. given condition of the opening of the bottle, no idea if this is bottle-conditioned or not.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 03:45:45 | More by dogfooddog
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Buck_Jones

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-10-2014 22:17:24 | More by Buck_Jones
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jeffwright

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Sammy

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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-15-2013 18:19:14 | More by Agentveba
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detroitpat

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-23-2013 20:21:43 | More by detroitpat
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ltltony

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-19-2013 04:05:26 | More by ltltony
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srv33

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown into my tulip glass with a quickly dissipating head and decent fine lacing. Scent of apples, malt, and coffee, an interesting combo. Taste is a good balance between bitter hops and a decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium light with little carbonation. Overall a good brew but nothing to get too excited about, my least favorite of the Dragonmead brews i've had to date (Under the Kilt and Final Absolution, both fine beers.)

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:43:59 | More by srv33
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-01-2013 07:20:54 | More by jaminjohnson
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-25-2013 23:50:35 | More by Supergenious
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Chimneyman

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-24-2013 01:55:46 | More by Chimneyman
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-14-2013 17:27:53 | More by BlissJunkie
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superspak

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Loud crack upon opening yields insanely high carbonation into the glass, this took a while to pour. Pours hazy dark reddish copper color with a huge 2 finger fluffy off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, toffee, toast, bread, floral, and herbal hops. Pretty nice aromas with solid strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, bread, light pine, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Decent amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, raisin, toffee, bread, light pine, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Solid balance of flavors and fairly robust feeling for 4.8%; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Quite dry on the finish as expected from the high carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is ok. I swirled a lot of the carbonation out of this one on purpose. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid ESB. This was probably infected, but the taste didn’t seem to be affected that badly. In the end it was pretty tasty, I had no problems finishing the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 07:40:17 | More by superspak
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

09-16-2012 15:12:59 | More by tectactoe
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looks a bit too dark to me, and the nose strikes me as straight up apple juice. The flavor is decent, I suppose. A bit too tangy sweet with a higher grain tone than I would be expecting. There is a creamy aspect to it, which makes it a bit more pleasant. Kolsch seems a style that not many American breweries can really pull together. This one is, okay. A bit too heavy, but a decently drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 18:04:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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chrisbokmuller

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10%

05-10-2012 02:28:30 | More by chrisbokmuller
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BellsFan

Michigan

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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.9%

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Michigan

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adamant1912

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-17-2011 07:52:06 | More by adamant1912
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits, caramel malt, and bready, sweet malt. Flavor of sweet fruits, jam, nutty malt, and toasted malt. Palate is a little weak, almost juice-like. Rather sweet by the end of the glass. This one was ok.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 23:14:52 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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bierenutz

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear brown color with a finger thick head and nice lacing on the glass.
S-Roasted malts and a grassy/earthy hop aroma.
T-Burnt malt taste with a bitter hoppy finish and smokey afternotes.
M-Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. There was a dry feel left in the mouth.
D-Fair overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 01:49:09 | More by bierenutz
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed deep tea color of brown and red. Zero head to speak of. Slightly malty smell but other than that not a whole lot going on. Very clean aroma. The taste is slightly matly with a nice hops taste at the end that lingers. Overall a very clean semi full bodied esb that is decent. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:54:38 | More by kbutler1
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