Oliver's ESB | Pratt Street Ale House

BA SCORE
3.99/5
49 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House
Maryland, United States
prattstreetalehouse.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A special bitter with a dark amber color and smooth body. It has a good malt to hops balance and is fairly high in alcohol. Chosen by Michael Jackson for his book "Ultimate Beer".

Added by Gavage on 10-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,532
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
49
pDev:
9.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
1
Trade:
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 28
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually wish I had this on the CO2 tap, but it was good - reminds me of the classic British pub bitters I have had in England. It is not, however, something wildly innovative - just a solid pub drinking beer.

Pouts dark hazy copper with incredibly tight dense head. No real aroma but flavor is toasted and malty, little hop character. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

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Photo of Deuane
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy deep copper with a thin white head that held on and reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Light toasted biscuit, a hint of sweet caramel and faint spicy, herbal hops.

T-Toasted biscuit up front with some dry nut like astringency. Light spicy hops in the drying finish.

M-Medium-light bodied fairly creamy, soft and quite smooth. Drying finish with nut like astringency.

D-A little light on the aroma and palate but this one builds into a nicely dry, spicy brew. A pleasant and very easy drinking ESB. Well done.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed amber/copper with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of caramel and herbal notes.

The taste is of caramel with herbal notes with some sourish fruitiness mixing into the bittersweet balance. Yeast is there (Ringwood?) though subtle. It has a dry-ish finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, with a touch of watery thinness.

Not bad, though personally I preferred the standard Bitter. Nice enough balance and is certainly drinkable/sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a shaker glass on cask at Pratt Street Ale House.

A-Ruby reddish color with nice finger of creamy head. The lacing was pretty spectacular, coated the whole glass without hardly any holes in the lace.

S- Malty aroma

T- Malty, bready, with mild fruity hop bitterness towards the finish

M- Creamy and smooth, finishes dry

O- Very creamy beer. I have only had a couple other ESB's, but this one takes the cake. Great balance and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of sjflynn
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

A - dark amber with a creamy white head, decent lacing

S - malty nose, a lot of caramel and some earthy tones

T - Roasted malt and caramel, not as bitter as I was expecting. The alcohol makes itself known but isn't overwhelming.

M - Smooth and balanced, not too thick. Hardly any carbonation after coming out of a cask.

D - Had three of these over the course of an evening and could have had a couple more, this is a very drinkable beer

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on cask at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a goblet. Beer is brown with a thin white head. Completely clear, no lacing and low to non-existent carbonation.

Aroma is reminiscent of butterscotch. I know this is a well known off flavor but this is really kind of pleasing, burnt sugar / caramel aroma without being annoying or overwhelming. There may be a slight alcohol aroma in this beer.

Beer tastes woodsy, thin slightly bitter, and really sweet. The smell accurately matches the flavor. Its a little too "sweet" for my tastes. I put "sweet" in quotes because often what people describe as sweet in beers is a malty character that isn't like sugar water.

Beer is also a little thinner than I expected. The cask could have something to do with this but I'm giving it a slight deduction because of it. Drinkability of this beer is about as high as an ESB can get. I would recommend it.

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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few before an Orioles game. This beer pours a dark coppery color with a medium tan head. Very nice looking. The smell was a little light,but you can still pick out a bitter hop citrus aroma. The taste starts with a creamy hop flavor and ends with the hop bitterness. A decent ESB. The m/f is light and very bitter. A good beer and a good job making this to the English style.

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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a hazy, amber color with a thin, off-white head.

S- Smells of hops and earth.

T- A decent amount of malt, but not too sweet. Dry hop finish follows the earthy taste.

M- Smooth, not very carbonated coming from the cask. Medium body.

D- A good example of the style.

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Photo of beerman207
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Pratt Street Brew Pub on tap

A - Dark Red with a white head that lasts a while which seems to be standard on all of their brews - very nice.

Smell: Nothing special in the nose other than some prominent malt and a faint pine smell coming through.

Taste: Definately towards the biscuit side on the taste with some mild hoppiness. The company I was with said it was a VERY bitter beer. For a BA, it's quite mild though. There's a nice sweet finish. Overall a great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy

Drinkability: I could have had a few of these with no problem whatsoever. Excellent local beer.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a hand-pulled pint of ESB, served at The Wharf Rat in Baltimore. The ale is slightly chilled, but closer to room temperature.

Appearance: The ale has an amber to orange color. A dominant feature of the beer is the soft creamy head that results from the hand pull. Very classy.

Smell: There is not much of a hop smell here. The head gives a nice frothy milky aroma, but beyond that, not a lot stood out.

Taste: The ale is well balanced. First and foremost, the creamy head imparts a sweet taste on the ale. Behind that, an earthy hop flavor appears, giving a nice bitterness without going overboard. The malts are biscuity sweet, imparting a bread-like taste.

Mouthfeel: It's very difficult to go wrong with a hand pumped ale.

Drinkability: A little stronger that the Best Bitter (of which I purchased a growler), this beer is still quite drinkable and good for a pre- or post O's game tailgate.

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pub that brews English influenced beers and offers an ESB on cask - no question what I had to try. Certainly did not let me down. According to the beer menu: "A special bitter with a dark amber color and smooth body. It has a good malt to hops balance and is fairly high in alcohol. Chosen by Michael Jackson for his book 'Ultimate Beer.'" Who am I to argue with the great one? An interesting play of flavors. Beefy, caramel body, but very smooth, almost, but not quite, thin in the mouth. Alcohol made itself known, nearly crashing the party but being held back just enough. Went wonderfully with the shepherd's pie.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wharf Rat/ Oliver's- ESB

Appearance- dark dirty/ muddy brown with a thick frothy head.
Smell- heavy malt. Earthy, like a mixture of tubers and earth.
Taste- thick and creamy. Heavy earthy malt and hops balanced nicely.
Mouthfeel- thick and smooth. Warm yet refreshing.

Overall- my first beer from Oliver's and a damn good 1.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Oliver's ESB from Pratt Street Ale House
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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