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ESB - Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
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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Reviews by guityler83:
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:02:30 | More by guityler83
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4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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05-15-2014 23:13:35 | More by AndriaLachae
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2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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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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EagleTalon

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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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Arkansas

4.6/5  rDev +24%
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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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

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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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ESB from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
84 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.