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ESB - Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 22.73%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: estlinska on 04-12-2013

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 61
Reviews by guityler83:
Photo of guityler83
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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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 fs_native
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich red color with a lasting head. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Moderate hop aroma and flavor.

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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%

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

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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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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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 Skillet
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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ESB from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.