Double ESB Endless Skyway Bitter - Black Mesa Brewing Co.
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Reviews by russpowell:
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Contract Brewed by O'Fallon as Tornado Relief fund-raiser. Wax seal was a pain to get off
Pours an effervescent orange/copper with a pinky of cream colored head. Decent lacing & above average head retention
S: Plums & cakeyness, some brown sugar, booze, really opens up as this warms
T: Follows the nose, a little brown sugar & woody hops as well up front. Dryness & boozeyness, plus marmalade as this warms, more plums & oaky notes, & some toffee & leafy hops. Finishes figgy with some dryness/oakyness, & brown sugar & a kiss of booze
MF: Fairly assertive carbonation with medium body
Fairly complex, a sipper. This one was pricey, but for a good cause I suppose. I've had a couple of their beers on draft, this far better than the blonde or ESB. Better than I thought it would be
01-18-2014 05:08:49 | More by russpowell
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4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
Shared this 22oz bottle between friends at the cave de Hank in Crown and Rose English Pub nonic glasses. Cap is sealed and "righteously" secured to the bottle with some very nice looking thick white "super wax." I've never encountered bottle wax this thick nor this tough. Not a snow balls chance in hell would these caps ever leak. Our ceremonious opening of this first time one off tornado relief fund raiser brew turned into a quest for beer. The cave always provides any necessary means though, this time in the form of a utility knife. Note: This beer was brewed in partnership at the O'Fallon brewery in Missouri since the Black Mesa brewery was destroyed in the tornado that struck OKC May 31st, 2013.
I love the color of this beer - a hazed glowing orange/copper when struck by sunlight through the windows of the media room. Topped by off a thin-ish layer of white bubbles makes me wonder - what exactly is an Endless Skyway Bitter anyway? Lace was found to be a bit scant.
This beer's aroma reminds me of hot sweet honey-buttered bread, apple crisp, and vanilla. You know it's gonna big malt, but I get some booze here too.
Flavors similar to aroma - buttery pecan toffee, sweet donut dough, warm apple butter cake and a little peppery hop to counter. I can taste the alcohol, but it does not taste like 9.6%. Halfway through the glass, I can definitely feel it though. Flavors intensify upon warming. Well done.
It's a silky medium body with ample, but not disruptive carbonation. It's on the dry side of course, but this does not detract from the experience at all - it's an enhancement.
I've always liked ESBs. This one, however, is different. It's one I won't forget easily.
Great job on this beer. Hope to see Black Mesa get back on track and help fortify the Oklahoma craft beer scene. Cheers, y'all.
01-22-2014 15:15:21 | More by DelMontiac
3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
people dont buy esb bottles, its just one of those overlooked styles in the states, people like them, but not enough to buy. perhaps an americanized double version of the classic style will turn some heads. well, maybe it already has, apparently this won a medal recently, and deserves some hype. a yeasty looking brass colored beer, clearish aside from the sediment, a frothy headed, tan and lasting. not much of a nose, sweet english malt is all really, and some toffee in the finish, but little else. the flavor has honey sweetness reacting with robust english ale yeast, a high gravity strain, but not high enough, as there is some serious residual sugar here, balancing hops help it out a lot though, and for such a strong beer, i find myself drinking it rather effortlessly. not super complex, but a good mix of fresh english malt and all kinds of yeast elements. full bodied but still drinkable, invisible alcohol strength, and overall a beer i would finally buy if it was available here. esb needs a face lift as a style in the american craft market, and its beers like this that are taking it where it needs to go. i like it more as a service to the style than a beer for me, but thats important too.
05-28-2014 05:06:22 | More by StonedTrippin
Double ESB Endless Skyway Bitter from Black Mesa Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.