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Wilson Creek ESB - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kjkinsey, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iam not sure if this is the same ESB I had at Amos Howards last spring.Poured into an imperial nonic a brilliant burnt orange with a soapy-like 1/2 finger white head that left a half ring of lace at settled pretty quickly.Fruity esters over top of crispy bread malt,myself I would have liked a little more bready malt but it's still appetizing none the less.Bready malt and juicy fruit on the palate,mild caramel/biscuit and leafy hops in the finish.It's a nice ESB I will say my favorite American ESB's are brewed in Pennsylvania where a few breweries make great bready renditions,this is above average.

oberon, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Jason, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

tdm168, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Axnjxn, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

thagr81us, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

WOLFGANG, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

KevinGordon, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

DmanGTR, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

cosmicevan, Feb 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

thatoneguymike, Aug 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

ncstateplaya, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

buckyp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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...

wedge, May 09, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
3.6/5  rDev -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

MacQ32, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +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.

Onenote81, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mikeincharleston, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Mantooth, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel with a wispy head.

Aroma is fresh baked bread. Not a whole lot of hops and the bready aroma is center stage.

This is a malt bomb. Lots of toasted bread and some earthy hops, but malts are center stage. Finishes with a sweet yeasty grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel and carb are good.

This one doesn't really do it for me. A bit too sweet. I'd prefer if the malt bill were dialed back a bit as there's promise here, but definitely above average and definitely better when it warmed a touch.

jmarsh123, Nov 30, 2011
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

GTB, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BigTrubble, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mc4z, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

SLeffler27, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of wcudwight
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

wcudwight, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a hazy medium reddish brown with a large off white frothy head that had decent retention, reducing after a while to about a semi thin layer of film and a large collar which did allow for excellent sheeting of sticky lace.

The aroma was of a biscuit malt, an herbal hop and an earthy yeast with notes of a mild caramel, honey and a bit of dried fruit (raisins).

The taste was sweet and boldly malty with a hint of caramel and honey early on and progressed into a decently pronounced hoppy flavor with just a mild note of dark fruit at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a moderate harsh hoppy ending.

Mouthfeel was just a tad above light in body and extremely creamy and yet a little dry in texture with nice mild carbonation.

Overall a very full flavored and smooth ESB, one that I enjoyed immensely...

KajII, Apr 05, 2012
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Wilson Creek ESB from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.