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ESB - Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Core Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Arkansas, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: estlinska on 04-12-2013)
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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Enjoyed this on tap at a local pub, 1st beer I've had from Arkansas.
Pours a dark copper color with an off-white head of less than 1 finger that leaves lots of lacing.
The aroma is loaded with malty goodness: caramel and toffee, cracker and biscuit.
The taste is much the same: Lots of caramel and toffee, a hint of biscuit and a very spot-on bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and quite nice.
Overall, a very true-to-style and tasty ESB. Well done. Glad I had a chance to try it as no one seems quite sure when another keg may make it back here.

SD-Alefan, Yesterday at 10:01 PM
Photo of paulys55
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

paulys55, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of sneezye
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

sneezye, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Satchboogie, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Mark-Leggett, Aug 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Iamjeff6, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

c-rum, Jun 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

dradair, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

sjstapleton, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

doowhat, May 27, 2014
Photo of AndriaLachae
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With a name like ESB you can't expect anything but an especially bitter beer. Core hit it on the foamy head. This beer goes perfect with a hefty dinner but can still be drank alone. A lot of thought went into this beer. The only down side to this beer is the "funk" it leaves down your glass as you drink it.

AndriaLachae, May 16, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dirty25 for sending me this one.

Pours a murky brown with a gigantic foamy khaki head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, and bread aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is definitely infected, but it is slightly drinkable at least.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Biff_Tannen, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

j3cubman, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

BeerBucks, Feb 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Dirty25, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a pint glass.

A good-looking beer, dark brown in color with amber hues and half a finger of frothy head. Sticky lace remains about the glass and settles atop the liquid.

The smell too is on point, if not a little bit hard to peg down. I get piney notes, bitter hops, sweet malt, toast and sweet bread.

The taste is even more difficult for me to decipher. I simply couldn't put my finger on what exactly I was tasting. There certainly were potent and very bitter hops with some floral notes to them, then the bready quality and some sweet malt. I couldn't pick out much more.

This ESB had a decent, medium body, and starts off both smooth and bitter, before a dry bitter finish in which the aggressive hops come in and blast the mouth and linger long after each sip.

I'd say this is a decent ESB, but I feel it's lacking a bit of the smooth, creamy maltiness that my favorite ESBs have. Plus, it's not quite as balanced as I usually like.

ONovoMexicano, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Boone757, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of guityler83
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Without trying, this beer produced a huge head ~5 fingers when poured into an english pint glass. The foam was made of tan mixed bubbles that retained a while.. making it a lengthy pour into the 16oz glass. The beer is a mahogany, dark amber color. Very close to brilliantly clear. As the head fell it left a honey comb lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Mild fruity esters peek through the moderate earthy, woody hop aroma. Toast and caramel/toffee malt nose and a tobacco note.

T: Moderate earthy, herbal bitterness gives way to a grainy tobacco and caramel flavor with a touch of sweetness. Gram cracker and biscuity notes in the middle add to a nice complexity. The beer finishes with a mineral like character.

M: High carbonation that provides a creamy texture on the pallet. Body is moderate and the finish is a bit dry with the mineral character lingering (might be the earthy hops im getting)

O: Complex malt profile with the earthy hops you'd expect from an english beer. Not a huge fan of the finishing hops in the beer (then again english styls are very hit or miss for me) but I enjoyed it more than most.

guityler83, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

ARaces23, Nov 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

djrn2, Nov 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

acurtis, Nov 02, 2013
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ESB from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
84 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.