Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ | Rock Art Brewery

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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ESB squared! It’s big! It’s bitter and it’s balanced! Heck, we even dry hopped it with Tettnang hops, but I’ll admit the Tomahawk chewed up the dry hop and didn’t spit it out!

Added by scottum on 08-29-2006

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 5.84 (including tax)/bomber ($ 0.265/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Bottled on 28 Jan (No year) at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50+ degrees
Aroma – fruity hops, almost like a cider, fades but doesn’t disappear
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), off white, dense creamy layer with rocks, diminishing to an irregular eight to twelve mm ring and rocky heaped partial layer
Lacing – excellent – multiple bands of lacey bubbles which meld into each other
Body – hazy copper, clears somewhat as it warms
Flavor – malty with some hop and malt bitterness, a touch of diacetyl; no alcohol
Palate medium to full, almost creamy, lively carbonation

As this warms up, it smooths out with the bitterness balanced by the malt sweetness. I was hoping for something similar to the now-defunct Warrior Brewing’s (Exeter, Devonshire) Tomahawk. I thought that to be an excellent bitter but apparently not enough others agreed with me. Rock Art’s take on an ESB is still quite good, something I’ll pick up again if I ever see it again. Mine is marked ESB2 while the photo here on BA is ESB3.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: malt sweetness joined by a touch of alcohol and a bit of lemon;

T: malt sweetness followed by leather; some citrus and pine at mid-palate; moderate bitterness from mid-palate through the finish; leather and pine at the end;

M: medium to full bodied - a touch syrupy; moderate carbonation; very dry;

O: very interesting; definitely hopped up; worth trying;

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

a colossal esb, as hoppy as any ipa, but still very much done in the English tradition. bronze in color, mostly clear, and holding a white head for quite awhile. also a real affordable bomber around 5 bucks, super fair here. an aroma of grassy bittering hops in aggressive proportion, and enough carbonation to tickle my nostrils as I sniff. malt is big too, some probably 60 crystal, as well as some maris otter or the like, its bready and fat I the middle, and a higher gravity English ale yeast dries it up pretty good. the hops are center stage throughout though, and the balance that the style usually demonstrates is ignored. that's okay through, the magnum is a fun varietal not often used in such hefty doses and I think the result is good. rock art has evolved nicely over the years, and this extreme series is all worth checking out. love the hoppy Vermont stuff, and rock art deserves more attention for its hoppy beers. top quality.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle, August is notched on the label.

appears a clear bright copper color with bright white head that fades. smells earthy, grassy hops and oxidized malt. taste is biscuity malt, bitter finish. herbal flavors. medium body, moderate carbonation. oily mouthfeel. overall a bit disappointing in the flavors.

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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 210 ratings