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Dragonmead Sir William's ESB - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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82
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
Another fine example of the English style. This Bitter is more robust than the best bitter but still with an excellent balance between hops and malt. Pale Ale Malt along with Aromatic and Crystal malts combine with the Galena and Fuggles hops to create a sure-fire favorite.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002)
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Photo of BellsFan
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of zdk9
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a rich mahagony color with just a faint whisper of foam on top, no lacing.

S- Sweet malt, carmely, with noticable diactyl. Not much hops

T- Same as the smell put slightly more powerful. Sweet carmel malt with diactyl. Where's the hops? Can't seem to get much bitterness out of this one even with some forceful tasting over the back of my tongue.

M- Good thick syrupyness, I do enjoy this aspect of this beer.

D- Not a great taste of smell. The really only redeeming quality is the good mouthfeel. I'm left unimpressed.

Photo of tectactoe
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of GbVDave
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear reddish brown color with the faintest skim of off white foam. No lacing.

S: Yikes! Weird aroma of butter (not butterscotch, but butter). Some spicy hops shine through for a moment and then I'm hit with a heavy, oakey red wine smell.

T: More oakey butteryness that eventually fades and allows nice toasted malt and spicy hop flavors to pop through. Nicely dry and bitter hop finish.

M: Bitter and dry mouthfeel that feels just right for the style.

D: Aside from the strange aromas coming from this, this is actually sort of drinkable.

Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a magnificent head that sticks and curtains the pint glass

Smell: Fruity, almost "Juicy Fruity" character; not picking up too much hoppiness in the nose

Taste: Sweet toffee flavor at the outset, with a growing fruity character; some earthy hops kick in by mid-palate, but the finish is dominated by the sweeter aspects

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; way overcarbonated

Drinkability: Marred by overcarbonation and a lack of balancing bitterness, this is a disappointing effort

Photo of Viperman1316
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of walleye
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the tap at the brewery. poured mahogany with off white head. aroma, malts, mixed fruits, apple , grapes. caramel, hops, a hint of honey. flavor, mixed fruits, malts, caramel, hops and the rest of what I got from the aroma, with a nice dry smooth mouth feel. with a hint of bitterness

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with lighter amber along the edges of the glass. Light only makes it through on the edges. Two finger tan head which sticks around. Average amount of lacing left behind. Smells of sweet nut bread and herbs with a touch of sourness at the end. Taste is nutty and the malts dominate. Hints of sweet molasses try to come out but this nutty flavor won't let it. Some dark fruit (dates maybe?) show up in the end. But where is the bitterness? Barely any hop characteristics at all. Nice body and bubbly in the mouth but no bitterness at all. Not one of my favorite ESBs.

Photo of kbutler1
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of chrisbokmuller
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Supergenious
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lexx for picking this up in Michigan!

Pours a slightly hazed red/brown, quite dark, bit of protein floating around, thick tan head forms, nice lacing, solid layer. Smell is sweet, caramalized and grainy, grass, citrus, bit of floral, very banana bready, pretty nice. Taste is sweet, malty, bit of grain, light roast and floral, watery flavour, bit of grassy bitterness in the finish, although quite weak. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Flavour is too thin, but otherwise pretty decent to drink. Thanks Alexa!

Photo of bierenutz
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of enfield249
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, head towards black. Darker then I have seen a lot of ESBs. Not much head to speak of, but some lacing.

S - Can't get much off this, might be the temp. might be my nose.

T - Really good malty flavor, roastyness, and some bitterness that sticks around after you finish. Might be a mix of the roast and the hops. Not much creamyness.

M - On the full side for a ESB, but I like it.

D - A nice halfway point between a mild ale and a stout. A light stout, summer stout? Something like that.

Photo of granger10
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Starting my ESB day out with the most expensive and I believe will be the most "English" ESB on the lot.

Pours a hazy copper color with some light auburn hints on the sides. Medium tan head rests atop the glass. Modest to moderate lacing.

Aroma is a bit herbal and earthy at first but then takes on more of a fruity sweet character. Finally it gets really bready and buttery. In the end I'm left with a burnt toast kind of smell. Odd.

Taste is definitely malt dominated. Lots of nutty, caramel maltiness in there. A robust slick taste comes out. Some bready notes and butter notes are in there along with an herbal earthy aspect. The finish is almost vinous but I would say chocolatey even. Quite different.

Mouthfeel is decent. Body is too thick and malty for my liking but there's a roasted character which is agree with and the moderate carbonation is spot on.

This beer was ok. Not really my type of ESB. It needs more hops really and less of a robust malt character. Plus the price was a bit ridiculous. I'm glad I only got a single.

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single from Siciliano's.

Poofy head that billowed up to the lip of the Duvel tulip, leaving random lace all around. Very dark brown, nearly opaque.

Toasted malt aroma with some vegetal notes.

Rough but sweet malt, mild green apple, earthy plant matter, with an astringent feel that tends to distract from the overall experience. Medium bodied, dry roasty aftertaste. Drinks ok, but it lacks a certain something to make it unique. I'd try it again on tap before fully passing on it.

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of dogfooddog
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Dragonmead Sir William's ESB from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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