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S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale) - Atlantic Brewing Company

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S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale)

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BA SCORE
82
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This strongly hopped, crisp ale, is the clear choice for the hop enthusiast.

We use pale, crystal, black and Munich malts, and a veritable boatload of Northdown bittering hops for this ale.

Like the Island Ginger, it is quite popular in the warm weather, as hops yield a clean, crisp bitter that is rather refreshing.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-17-2001)
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Reviews by rajendra82:
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rajendra82

Georgia

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stored and served at a temperature between cellar and room, the beer pored out clear amber in color, and had a three finger tall foamy head in the mug that left gobs of lacing. Aroma was crisp and spicy, and had a backing of floral hops. The taste was mild and complex, as it was balanced between sweet and caramelized malts, and earthy bitter hops. A touch of sourness and dry oak flavors finished things off. I think this was Burtonized as well, because the mineral hardness of the water kept the taste buds refreshed. It was very easy to drink down the entire bomber in a sitting. This was not exactly a classic English Bitter, but where it deviated from the mold, it improved on the original style IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 04:14:48 | More by rajendra82
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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a bright, clear golden copper color. It poured with a thick sticky head.

s: Fruity pot pourri tea and biscuits.

t: Crackers and tea up front with a lots of bitterness at the end. A little lingering plastic.

m: Creamy with a nice heft.

o: Thanks E this was pretty good.

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09-07-2012 20:23:14 | More by mendvicdog
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(I should first note that the bottle I sampled here had been cellared for well over a year) This bitter pours a rosy copper color into the pint glass and produces a healthy egg shell colored head that deflates to a stubborn sheet and creates a creative web of lacing. The aroma is a pleasant caramel malt and brown bread grain laced nicely with lemony hop bitterness. This promises to be a well grounded but reasonably hoppy brew. The first swallow is indeed tasty with a definite crisp citrus hop presence but a clear grain back bone. This suggests rhubarb and rye toast along with some lingering caramel sweetness. I'm pleasantly surprised by this one. Not really an American IPA yet something a bit beyond the usual hoppiness of an English bitter. It's perhaps a tad watery and I do get some metallic or musty notes that bring it down a notch here and there, but the nice hop attitude shores up the feel somehow, enough to make this a drinkable and likeable refreshment with a busy carbonation built on very tiny bubbles that attack the tongue and lively things up. I'm not sure what attracts me here. It does not strike me to be a beer I would typically search out for a follow up, but I have to say it is a relaxing, pleasant brew. A little different I think. Recommended for a try.

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Alaska

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy dark brown body with a foamy tan half finger white head that lasts for about a good minute. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising and there is minimal lacing.

S: hops up front with a light bit of malts with an even lighter sense of molasses.

T: slight malty sweetness combined nicely with the bitter hops. A slight breadiness comes through as well

M: medium, carbonation is felt and seems to absorb some of the creaminess coming through, dry aftertaste and finish

O: I do like this. I like how a lot more hops come than most ESB's I've had, and the malts are not necessarily subdued but has a certain strength in it. I would definitely get it again.

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07-23-2012 18:33:09 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jrfehon33

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plehnus

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4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this bomber warm up a bit out of the fridge first. Poured with a nice foamy, thick, light tan head that lasts and good lacing. Color is a clear copper and has plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, hop, toffee, a little caramel. Flavor is like aroma, has little sweetness and is true to style although I could even say it's perhaps like an ESB. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has medium length and is balanced. Good beer. Session for sure.

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Snamnoum

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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this beer with a year on it.

Appearance - hazy nut brown color with one finger of beige head. Retention is fair and leaves some rocky lace clinging to the glass.

Smell - resigny and slightly piney hops with a big toasted malt backbone. Notes of molasses and brown sugar.

Taste - Malty sweetness and bitter hops are well incorporated yeast is slightly doughy. Finish is dry and astringent. Hops are a little overpowering and overshadow the more subtle malt profile. Finish is tannic and abrasive. A good beer but a few too many hops.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy.

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S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter Ale) from Atlantic Brewing Company
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