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Wilson Creek ESB - Olde Hickory Brewery

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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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EasyReader

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-17-2011 00:54:17 | More by EasyReader
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-15-2011 16:22:35 | More by NCbeerpirate
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dprophet

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-22-2012 09:24:41 | More by dprophet
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cosmicevan

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up in NC around the holidays. says fresh before march 2012 and the clock is ticking so why not tick it tonight? poured into a duck rabbit snifter.

a - a hard pour yeilds a transparent reddish orange brew with a finger full of frothy white foamy head. some carbonation can be seen.

s - very nice festive malt. a hint of potpouri and autumn. somewhat marzen like.

t - oh wow, that is quite nice. again, marzen comes to mind. very festive on the malt. good potpouri and craft store vibe to the flavor. apples and cinnamon. i dig it quite a lot.

m - smooth and crisp. refreshing.

o - overall, this may be the best ESB i've ever had. the spicing really adds an element of tastiness to a style that although i have been appreciating a lot more...i don't particularly find all that exciting. as opposed to a hopped out version, olde hickory took the malt and zested it up. if it didn't say ESB on the bottle, i'd swear this was a fresh oktoberfest. nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 03:59:23 | More by cosmicevan
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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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DaveONan

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-05-2012 22:46:04 | More by DaveONan
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jgreenearrow

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium brown walnut color with a thick tan head forming at the top of the pour. Lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by malt and caramel. Some slight hop notes are present as well.

T: Bitterness hits the tongue at the outset of the sip. The bitterness fades into a somewhat sweet strong malt backbone with the striking bitterness reemerging for the finish. Some slight floral and fruity tones combine with the bitterness to linger briefly after the sip.

M: This is a light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent ESB. The malt backbone is blended nicely with the bitterness to create and tasty, complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 20:21:29 | More by jgreenearrow
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby, orange and gold in color. Intiially a nice head but it fades pretty fast to a thin lace on top. Nice sticky lacing.
Smells of caramel malts and citrus hops. Smells more hoppy than other ESBs.
The bitterness bites the tongue immediately. Hop heavy. More earthy than in the aroma and more earthy than thier popular Pale Ale. While being hoppy a caramel malt maintains the balance.
Medium bodied with some twang in the mouthfeel. This is a good one. I'd recommed it if you ever find it on-tap. It's not as good as the Table Rock PA(one of my favorites) but it's a nice beer to have as a change of pace.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2009 22:40:17 | More by wcudwight
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: Orange amber, clear with a lively lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Caramel, ripe plums and pears, baked apple, cake batter, herbal hops, woody and earthy.

TASTE: Malt bomb, toasted bread, caramel, fresh grain, grassy, bark-like hops, earthy, woody, yeast, ripe orchard fruit.

Killer, soooo drinkable. Seriously, every sip I take I cry knowing that this bomber is the only one I have. There is balance, near perfection. To style, no doubt there.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 05:21:01 | More by Jason
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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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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

09-20-2013 16:28:28 | More by Mantooth
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev +5%

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

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

12-09-2011 19:52:03 | More by UNCCTDawg
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza - Uptown (October 2011):

The beer appeared to be a nice, clear, deep reddish/dark amber color that produced a nice, foamy, white head that was decently retained and that ultimately left some lacing on the glass.

The aroma was good, a solid and fresh malty aroma with hints of earthy hops, wood and yeast. A pleasant aroma.

The taste is what one would expect from the style...a solid malt backbone, toasted malt, earthly hops and perhaps some fruit. The beer had a full and lasting flavor.

The beer had a lighter body and it was very easy to drink, very smooth and refreshing. Overall, this is a good representation of the style and a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 19:01:08 | More by PhillyStyle
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lanamj

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a Duck Rabbit pint glass.

A- A very copper color that is very translucent. It was a soft pour so not to much head was generated, but I've had it on tap and know it creates a nice foamy white head. Which is slightly present here. A soap lacing is left behind on the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malts and bread. I get some honey and biscuits. Not to much in the way of a hop profile. Kinda one-sided.

T- A lot more complex then the nose. All of the aroma components from the nose, sweet malts, biscuit, honey and bread are all present but they're balanced with a beautiful hop bitterness. Just what it should be.

M- Nice and smooth. Medium body that seems flat on the tongue and active in the throat ( like sprite ). Not to much carbonation, just enough.

O- A very nice beer from OHB. The drinkability is very nice and it seems the flavor is well paired with anything. I wish the nose was a little more but still pleasant enough. This beer is one I find my self getting again and again and again...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 19:01:36 | More by lanamj
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Wilson Creek ESB from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.