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Wilson Creek ESB - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Wilson Creek ESBWilson Creek ESB

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BA SCORE
85
very good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wcudwight on 12-06-2009)
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Reviews by mechamifune:
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mechamifune

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deeo amber with very little head. A very clean looking beer. Lacing is nice and carbonation is evident.

Smell is of malt/caramel though relatively subtle. Not any hops in the nose beyond what I would call a slightly "earthy" componant.

Taste is slightly sweet up front followed by bready/caramel/toffee notes. Slight bitterness to the finish but not that strong. A great overall taste for the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and smooth and works well with the flavor profile.

Overall this is a nice example of the style. I just wish it came in a six pack rather than a bomber. Very pleasant and sessionable but if you're looking for a beer with big notes this won't be your cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:47:30 | More by mechamifune
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev +5%

11-26-2013 02:46:05 | More by mc4z
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core42

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-03-2013 00:06:07 | More by core42
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

09-20-2013 16:28:28 | More by Mantooth
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-12-2013 08:35:16 | More by DmanGTR
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. teku glass.

pours a dark orange with an inch thick head. more hops than most esbs, though smell isn't intense. excellent taste. bready and sweet flavor, reality great. malts are the big thing here, but the hops are there too. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

very recommended for ESB fans. liked a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2013 01:13:49 | More by Axnjxn
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-17-2013 18:29:15 | More by WOLFGANG
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adam_e

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

08-15-2013 13:05:45 | More by adam_e
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Jsmercer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-26-2013 23:32:43 | More by Jsmercer
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep copper orange with a hint of ruby coloring. A nice dense finger of light caramel head results from a somewhat aggressive pour, fantastic lacing and retention!

S - Some light APA type fruits, earthy hops and biscuity grain mostly. Sweeter sugary caramel malts peek through as it warms slightly. A little faint

T - A quick hit of bitter earthy hops lasts for a split second before the sweet caramel malts and light sweet fruits and honey come through. The bitterness continues to linger throughout the taste as I continue to drink. More biscuity towards the end, the aftertaste is mildly astringent and bitter.

M - Good mouthfeel, fairly light, well carbonated, refreshing.

O - Not bad but I'm getting too much apple type fruityness and the flavors seem a little confused... or maybe my palates confused, just a little hard for me to grasp

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:45:44 | More by MacQ32
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cackalacky

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-21-2013 20:43:59 | More by cackalacky
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LikeARollingStout

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoy by October 13.

A - Pours a lovely copper/orange with just over a finger's worth of head that dissipated quickly. Spotty lacings.

S - Piney hops, sweet malts, and a good deal of booze.

T - Malt-forward with a mild earthy hop kick on the end. Very biscuity, and strong notes of caramel/honey/toffee. A bit sweeter than I'd like, but it's still delicious.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - A great take on the ESB. I'd like to see this hoppier/stronger, but solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:39:46 | More by LikeARollingStout
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-18-2013 23:10:53 | More by KevinGordon
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-19-2013 14:54:02 | More by mikeincharleston
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

05-10-2013 11:07:27 | More by GennyCreamAle
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

04-28-2013 23:30:03 | More by buckyp
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-18-2012 02:33:20 | More by pburland23
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SLeffler27

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange creamy foam continues to build well after the pour, ultimately reaching equal parts head to beer. The head lasts an eternity as it slowly turns rocky over a clear, dark amber beer while continuous random carbonation ferments from within. Dense clouds of lace are left behind on the Dogfish Head Fisheye pint glass.

Apricot gives way to honey and caramel with spice and caraway, imparting a freshness on this beer.

Opening with a nice, bitter bite that is equaled by a grainy or bready flavor. There is some acidity and lots of caramelized sugar, though not too sweet.

A full body with prickly carbonation and soft texture, followed by a hint of alcohol.

This stands up as an everyday beer with lots of character. It is quite satisfying on a hot Sunday afternoon and the bottle can easily be finished in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 19:46:17 | More by SLeffler27
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the OHB Tap room recently. Came out a dark honey orange with a small cap on top. Nose carried some vegetable scent, noble hops, grass. Crisp, mouth with moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness with dry character. Subtle fruit-like sweetness pulls through. This is a balanced bitter beer, that pared really well with my burger. Sorry I've passed over this one for so long. I may have to grab a few bottles now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 14:22:08 | More by Onenote81
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild for a bitter. Sweet pale and crystal malts, some darker malts in the mix, albeit small doses. Hops are mild to moderate and are pine and floral rather than citrus.

Appearance: Deep copper, clear when held up to a light. Head is pure white, mild retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Nice blend of malts, pilsner, munich and crystal. Mostly sweet with some added bitterness. Some fuity esters from the malts and yeast, not from the hops. Little citrus. Some of the darker malts show up as roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. A bit watery. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall: Overall a good brew. Nice complex malt flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 00:32:26 | More by soulfly1492
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-17-2012 23:54:46 | More by BigTrubble
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, caramel, dark chocolate, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I was really surprised to find the dark chocolate note in this one. It really added a nice bit of complexity to this one that tied the bitter and sweet aspects together. All of the proper notes for the style were definitely there as well. Worth trying if you get the opportunity and definitely do so if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 12:54:55 | More by thagr81us
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish amber with a mountain of loose, bubbly, soft, white head that has great retention

S - lightly malty, a bit earthy

T - lightly malty, faintly nutty, a hint of caramel

M - a bit crisp, heavily carbonated, medium bodied

This is a rather mediocre ESB. The flavor is there but it's light. Drinkability is high, but if you're looking for something that's traditional you'll probably want to look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:42:28 | More by tdm168
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wedge

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Clear, dark amber color with a small white head on top. Smooth, pleasant aromas of bread, fruit, and light caramel malt. Refreshing malty flavor...earthy sweetness, toasted malt, sweet tea, and mild fruity esters with a slightly bitter finish. Notes of apple and spice. Fine carbonation, medium bodied, and fairly crisp. This is a nice, smooth, well-blended ESB from OH. I had a few...

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 20:27:07 | More by wedge
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therope

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-08-2012 07:31:38 | More by therope
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Wilson Creek ESB from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.