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Milepost 652 ESB - Old Black Bear Brewing Company

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Milepost 652 ESB
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20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Old Black Bear Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
652 is our American take on the old English Pale Ale style called ESB, but this is anything but bitter. A very simplistic blend of malts reveals a smooth drinking beer that is a touch on the sweet side with a light Centennial hop aroma. Like most American spinoffs of British creations, the Brits should be thanking us for our improvements, and you will too.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-29-2012)
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-20-2013 00:18:27 | More by WoodBrew
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-27-2014 02:06:59 | More by LJWalker
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-13-2011
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: On tap at the Nook, Nashville

Had this at lunch, my first beer from Old Black Bear.

Dark amber, near brown in color. Lacing on the glass was good and retention fair. Aromas of roast malt and caramel sweetness.

The taste was a balance of malt sweetness and earthy hop bitterness, tending to favor the bitter end of the balance. Carbonation and body seemed average, with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

While I'd tend to enjoy a more English take on an ESB, this was a good example from OBB nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 19:55:12 | More by sommersb
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-31-2013 19:27:46 | More by grumpygerman
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-24-2014 23:01:55 | More by Crimsontider22
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richj1970

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-14-2013 01:34:55 | More by richj1970
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Brinks

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-13-2014 17:37:54 | More by Brinks
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-09-2013 03:47:35 | More by GratefulEdd
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

01-24-2014 20:26:40 | More by Justinbshelton
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CorgiDad

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-07-2014 02:50:48 | More by CorgiDad
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bushwack

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +23%

10-20-2012 00:22:01 | More by bushwack
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden amber color with a thick off white head and poor retention. Lacing forms a decent latticework. Hops have an overwhelming presence, as I not barely any malty sweetness. Seems more like a DIPA to me. Tastes of earthy hops with a spicy, very bitter finish that is semi sweet. Unimpressive body. Mouthfeel is smooth and potable. Overall, a decent ESB but it does not fit the style too well. The body is weak but I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 23:26:49 | More by Jacurdy60
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Plonk

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-29-2013 17:46:05 | More by Plonk
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RKel888

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +23%

03-08-2012 19:12:40 | More by RKel888
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mbacon3227

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-06-2013 23:44:26 | More by mbacon3227
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hadlance

Alabama

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-04-2013 01:43:25 | More by hadlance
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thomasarose

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-06-2013 15:22:29 | More by thomasarose
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dizzyballer

Virginia

2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer at the Huntsville airport and ordinarily that would grant any beer some leeway when it comes to preparation and this, flavor. And I would be lenient if it wasn't for the fact that just before this beer I enjoyed a perfectly fresh and tasty beverage from a competing brewery in town(straight to ale's monkeynaut).

Sour on the nose, slightly sour in the mouth. Bitter but thin.

For their sake I hope this experience is localized to this spot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 21:26:07 | More by dizzyballer
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beerformyhorses7

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-12-2013 03:09:10 | More by beerformyhorses7
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Eosman

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-21-2014 00:43:49 | More by Eosman
Milepost 652 ESB from Old Black Bear Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.