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ESB - Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 59
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 21.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: estlinska on 04-12-2013

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 59
Reviews by estlinska:
Photo of estlinska
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap to a standard shaker at the Saucer on 4/11/13. Pours a deep ruby reddish amber color with just the bare smattering of head to it. It leaves fairly good lacing to the glass given the minimal head to the beer. The smell is fairly subtle at first, but it does build up on itself as the beer warms. It is heavy on toasted malts and warm biscuit malt up front. Also, there is a fair amount of piney hops smell to the nose as well. The taste is a pretty good balance of malt and hops. The mops tend to take center stage with plenty of that toasted bread and biscuit malts up front. There is a good, clean bittering to it as well though and it works well together. The hops are again quite piney overall. The mouthfeel was the major detriment to the beer though; it was a little thin and watery, lacking any real body to it overall. No alcohol burn; medium carbonation. Overall a tasty brew that lacks the aroma and body to make it a true homerun.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ARBeerBulletin
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Ryantcollins
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lshrtmn
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Little hoopiness but very smooth . Hints of caramel.

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Photo of jwg782
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Faint traces of lacing & average head retention

S: Some toastyness, fruittyness (pears & apricots), great nose on this beer

T: Some toastyness, apricots, slight sulphury notes, & woody hops up front. Toasty, still some sulphur notes, faint figgy notes, pears & mineral hop dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty, more sulphury/mineral notes ( kind of held this back a bit ) plus woody hops

F: Medium bodied, decent balance, slightly over carbonated

A pretty good take on the style, if they dial this in they will have a winner, was better on draft. well worth your consideration either way

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Photo of SeanP
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EagleTalon
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a half-inch white head that sticks around. Copper-light brown color and crystal clarity. Aroma is toasty, bready, woody and sharp and whiskey-like. Flavor is more of the same, a definitive toast, smoke, earthy English hops and balancing bitterness. Some fruit esters in there as well. Mouthfeel is light and co2 is strong for style. A solid brew.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Chris, nice hops up front with a caramel malt and grainy finish.

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Photo of Biff_Tannen
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of B-Land
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brodie
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of rtrasr
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had on tap, pours a dark brown almost porter like but not quite. The aroma is smoke followed by some hops. The mouthful is quite substantive, and the taste is malt, some smoke, then hop bitterness. I would love to see this beer on cask. I would also like to see an interpretation of ordinary bitter

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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ESB from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
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