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Dragonmead Sir William's ESB - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Viperman1316, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Buck_Jones, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jeffwright, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Kerrie, Feb 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Sammy, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Agentveba, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

detroitpat, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ltltony, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of srv33
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.)

srv33, Aug 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

jaminjohnson, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mebummer, Jul 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Supergenious, Jun 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Chimneyman, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

superspak, Jan 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

tectactoe, Sep 16, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

chrisbokmuller, May 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

BellsFan, Apr 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

TurdFurgison, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

bierenutz, Oct 03, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

kbutler1, Sep 13, 2010
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Dragonmead Sir William's ESB from Dragonmead Microbrewery
82 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.