Oliver's ESB | Pratt Street Ale House

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Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House
Maryland, United States | website

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

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28
Ratings:
48
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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Photo of Brent
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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 SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the cask poured into a pint glass. Served at a perfect 54 degrees. It pours a deep amber color with one finger of head. There is lots of lace rings left on the glass. The smell is full of caramel malt and hops, very well balanced. The taste has lots of malt up front, some vienna malt maybe. Lots of snappy hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. The drinkability is really really good for a 6.0% ESB. A great cask ale.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Figure you enter an English style pub, you got to have the ESB. Nice looking beer - deep copper color with a foamy head. The aroma is alright, noting some floral and sweet tones. The taste was great, since this is served around 50 degrees the bitterness and malt were nicely balanced. There was some lacing on the glass as the drink was consumed. The tongue was happy with the smooth bitterness that lingered. Overall one of the better ESBs I have had.

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Oliver's ESB from Pratt Street Ale House
88 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.
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