Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ | Rock Art Brewery

Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³
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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: 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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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of MrMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light straw color forming a three-finger, swiss cheese looking off white head that fades quickly to a floating cap but leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is light biscuity malts and lots of floral and citrus hops: big orange and grapefruit aromas.

Taste begins with some sweet bready, pale malts that lead into some real bitter floral hops. Some bitter orange peel and grapefruit rind continue into a long dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel; creamy up front before finishing crisp and dry.

A great ESB, but the ABV limits the drinkability just a bit, especially when putting back a bomber by oneself.

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Photo of Lupe
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy honey color with a fluffy snow white head. Great staying power and sheets of lace are left behind. Very nice.

Big hop aroma - pretty much all pine and citrus. Slight touch of caramel in the background.

Hops dominate in the flavor. Equal balance of juicy citrus and resiny pine. Sturdy malt backbone periodically peeks out from the hops, adding some caramel sweetness and biscuits. Quick lash of bitterness on the tongue in the finish, along with some lingering spice and dryness.

Medium bodied, smooth and slightly tingly on the tongue. The bomber goes down nice and easy, but couldn't see having more than one.

Very good, not great - solid brew and an interesting take on the style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a 12 ounce bottle at a local pack store in Northern Westchster, New York.

The appearance is a deep, cloudy honey color with a thick and perfectly frothy head.

The smell is fruity and slightly sweet with just a dash of spice, very inviting.

The taste of this extra strong bitter is quite hoppy, a bit of caramel and very tasty all around.

The mouthfeel is of oranges and spices, great balance.

Drinability is good, this strong beer is awesome, goes down well and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped for $3.05 from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton...
Pours a golden, hazy, copper-colored hue with a foamy and frothy head that quickly receded leaving a fair amount of lacing...
Smell was full of hops and bitter caramel, clean, crisp, and strong...
Taste was about average for an ESB if not slightly better, with noticeable hops, slight caramel and vanilla, and a noticeably bitter aftertaste that lingered on the pallate...
Rich and thick mouthfeel with average drinkability due to the strong bitter factor associated with the brew...
An average sample to say the least, and for the fair price I paid, certainly worth a shot...

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Photo of ROMER79
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was a cloudy golden color with a thick white head. Miller lite looks like this beer, but w/o the thick head part.
It smelled of citrus and hops. The taste wasn't all that great, it was a mix of orange, lemons, and grapefruit with a hoppy kick. The mouthfeel wasn't anything to write home about and it was easy to drink just not a beer for me.

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Photo of gkatsoris
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Golden honey and quite murky. Really big, foamy, white, THICK head. The head too k 3-5 minutes to fall. Lots of lacing.

S: Citrusy hops. Grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Orange and orange peel.

T: Sour. Bitter and SOUR. Pure grapefruit rind. Not yummy.

M: Honestly the taste has ruined the mouthfeel. The carbonation is good, but someone give me a Budweiser to rinse my mouth out with.

D: And down the drain it went.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a fluffy 2" head that sports some large bubbles. Light lacing develops duringhte session.

Smell: grapefruit and honey sweetness comes through cleanly and is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruits, honey, green grapes, and a hearty bitterness are wrapped in a mild alcoholic blanket. Dryness abounds. Definite ESB on steroids.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry from the start and finshes smooth and dry. Medium-heavy in body. Long flavorful aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a session beer, but an enjoyable one. One bomber was easy to quaff and enjoy. Worth a try.

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Photo of Foxman
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a quite murky and covertly carbonated orangey amber. A finger of tight off-white head elapses soon. Valences of lacing dress the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries malty sweet caramel and berry fruit. A smooth layer of crisp citrus and a lighter blush of pine slide about atop a warm stripe of alcohol.

Upon tasting, an initially sweet swath of caramel malt and a mellow mark of general fruitiness is quickly squashed by a swelling spate of grinding bitterness. A spritz of very dry grapefruit is soon nudged aside by some damned toasty alcohol. A rounded puff of biscuit disperses before a more rigid bitterness, with a finish that's crisp and numbing. The IBU's are out of proportion and somewhat distracting.

Medium bodied, there's an oily stickiness that falls before an ultra-dry crush.

Well, I guess it's possible that the actual IBU's aren't really out of whack, but the perceived bitterness is, and after all, perception is reality, or so they say. It alludes to a balance and then tips brashly to a bitter bias. The ABV is out there a ways, solid and bold, and it works with the blossoming acridity against being especially drinkable. I'm not impressed, but hey, maybe next time.

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

I have to admit that for some reason I purposefully avoided anything from this brewery for quite some time. And then I said to myself: "Hey self. Maybe it's time to try something from this brewery."

Pours a foggy orange brown with a crème head. Nose is hopped. Comes off as a resin-like and very mildly citric edge. Flavor is like a mix of Double IPA and ESB. Hearty hops with a perfume like edge to it. A noticeable bitter tone hits on the end as well. Pretty full carbonation and a well bodied liquid aspect make it nice to drink. I have to agree with Ding on this one and say that this really does seem more IPA-ish that ESB-ish. It's nice-ish to drink-ish, but the whole ESB cubed-ish thing just doesn't really work out.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shade lighter than amber with a huge stiff foamy straw colored head that fades in a rocky pattern to gobs of 3D lacing. The smell is first an aggressive toasted lager malt with a flowery pine resin aroma . The back half is slightly clouded and notably fragrant. Medium-full bodied, the mouth feel is nice. A constant stream of effervescence in this SA Perfect Pint, its adequately carbonated and there is a nice creamy texture offset by a warming hoppy character. Full flavored, the toasted malty taste laced with a bitter resin flavor lingers appropriately. Didn't know what to expect, but its a nice drinker. The 8% ABV is warming, but not the least bit distracting. Really glad that i had the opportunity to sample this one. Looking forward to visiting Morrisville, VT.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a big foamy white head that nearly fills have the glass. It eventually settles down to the point where I can fill it up more. Huge lacing that covers the glass in a sticky web. Aroma is kind of subdued. Mostly hoppy citrus notes and some light tones of sweet malt.

Taste is extremely sweet up front with caramel malt that gives way to a very aggressive flood of strong floral citrus and hop bitterness. The bitterness is very biting and lingers on the tongue for a while. The extremeness of the malt and hops does tame down some and feels more balanced as it warms. Mouthfeel is a beefy medium body that takes on an almost viscous feel at times.

I'm not really sure what to think of this "ESB Squared" experiment from Rock Art. The thick body and in your face hops and malt definitely made for a tough drinking experience at times. A lot tougher anyway than most of the Double IPAs that this seems to be trying to imitate. Maybe a little more balance would have helped make this a more enjoyable encounter.

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Photo of potownbill
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I try not to drink the same beer twice, but for some reason, I bought 2 bottles of this when I was in Winooski. Forgot the first tasting, and entered the data in my review list. Finished reviewing and realized that it was the second time. Both reviews were identical.
Appearance:Cloudy golden yellow. Head dissipated after a few minutes
Smell: Funk. Old dishtowel. Not good
Taste: Yes, it is bitter. Grapefruit, some floral. Overall not bad.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation was suprisingly persistant. Good mouthfeel
Drinkability: OK, but I will not be buying a third.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a neutral amber color, slightly cloudy. Generous three-finger head that dissipates into a solid and rocky quarter inch leaving tremendous amount of lace.

Fresh hop aroma with some light malt on the side. A little alcohol warmth and some yeast smells as well.

Extreme, indeed. Lots of potent bittering hop--far more than the smell suggests. Lip puckering bitter aftertaste from the bitterness. This is not a balanced beer--for hop heads only. Full bodied with an appropriate amount of bubbles.

Too much of a good thing? Although I love hops, I also like to have some balance. This is a bold beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - murky, orange/amber color with a big, fluffy beige head that settled down to a layer of foam in a few minutes, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

S - almost sweet smelling, citrus hop aroma, very pleasant.

T - very good bitter tasting brew, exactly what I came for.

M - medium bodied with very crisp carbonation.

D - I had no problem knocking off a bomber and could have gone for at least one more.

Final Note: after reading some of the reviews of this beer, maybe I was the lucky guy who got a really fresh bottle of this stuff? I thought it was delicious and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, nice brew sent by gpcollen1
for my BA annv!

Hazy, lazy amber orange pour – lookit that pillow of ivory floating on top, and ring laces per the duration.

Citrus and pine in the aroma – quaff had these also, but with a bit a sharp bite. Orange and grapefruit also make an appearance. Even after 9 months of cellering the alcohol has a bit, not bad, of a burn – but it does smooth out towards mid-bottle. But maybe I’m just getting a buzz, either way this beer works for me – a good drinker and sippin’ beer.

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Photo of sleazo
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a medium chestnut brow with an extremely fluffy head that sits atop the beer almost like a merengue. Really beautiful

S-Soapy piney hops with aslight twinge of caramel

T-Strong on the hops. The hop profile is slightly more citric than the smell with touches of pine. Way pushed to the hop side there is some caramel and biscuits. This is more like a west coast IPA to me.

M-slightly thick medium carbonation.

D-this is delicious. A hopheads treat

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A triple ESB is a difficult thing to fathom, but here goes...

Somewhat cloudy orange body, possibly chill haze. Three fingers of lunar surface white foam.

Takes a very deep sniff, but I finally pull some citrus aroma out of the glass. Was expecting much more oomph.

Nice semi-sweet malt base. Good rising tide of earthy and citrusy hops. Citrus notes linger on and on post swallow, the most extreme thing of the beer.

Solid medium/light mouthfeel. Good, enjoyable drinkability.

A solid pale ale ? Sure. A triple ESB ? Maybe an ESB-and-a-half. An EESB. Unfortunately though, the label hype had me looking for something bigger and better than Troegs HopBack Amber and this isn't in that league. Needs a bigger beer or a less boastful label.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from 12 oz amber bottle into Boston Lager glass.

Pours thick with good body, looking golden amber in color, hazy, with a nice white head that lingers, leaving great lacing all the way down.

Aroma at first pour is all about spicy, pungent hops. As it warms in the glass, a sweet malty note drifts up.

Taste is strong and sweet. Good, hoppy, puckering.

Mouthfeel is dominated by noted bitterness on the back of the mouth. Heavy body, lingering sour hop flavor.

Drinkability is pretty good, deceptive alcohol, no heat evident at 8%. Recommended. Reminds me very much of Bell's Two Hearted.

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Photo of mshallah
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange beer with a 3 finger sized head and very sticky lace. Looks like my kind of brew.
S-Strawberry-kiwi snapple nose. No...really. There are no alcohol aromas in this 8%abv beer.
T-Sweet grapefruit citrusy hop on top. Strawberry-kiwi fruitiness underneath. A very sweet and sticky juicy malt surrounds with lip smackin' goodness. Very balanced and delicious. Hop bitterness builds as you drink to add to the sweetish finish.
M-Medium creamy ale mouthfeel for a session appeal.
D-Wonderful aftertaste. The strawberry-kiwi flavor and aroma is so unique I can't get enough. A well crafted, big american ESB of balanced complexity. One of my alltime favorites.

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Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of cburian, thanks again!

Pours a clear gold color with a large head, and a lot of bubbles floating to the surface.

Aromas are bready, doughy, and yeast like. There are also some bright green fruits notes as well.

Taste is very hop dominate. It's a bit citrus fruit flavored, some green apple, crisp, dry, and with a mineral bitter hop finish. Underneath is a subtle caramel malty flavor, but it's second to the hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit prickly, and a touch overcarbonated for my tastes, but still not bad.

All in all, this is a pretty good and drinkable beer. An interesting take on the ESB style, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1.6 pint bottle into a Trappist glass....hops cubed indeed noted as the beer is poured, aggressive yet respectful...consistent head on a dense orange body--look of a solid ESB...slick, straight-to-back of mouth push; aftertaste sidles over tongue’s edges...a complex beer, demanding a full drink...too much hops for an ESB?....a bit of citrus flourish... leery of anything labeled extreme--most of all, beer--and likewise leery of these Vermont brewers (i.e. Magic Hat) who can’t confidently categorize their own brews, I still am impressed with an 8% ABV that offers NO hint in the tasting whatever...this beer was a pleasant surprise, and provokes me to seek other Rock Art work...

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art Magnumus ete Tomahawkus ESB3 poured a great amber color with a little haze indicative of the bottle conditioned beer. The beer poured with an off-white head that had great lacing and stayed for the duration of the beer. The smell was nice and hoppy with floral and citrus notes giving the greatest bouquet. The taste was exceptional; the floral hops hit the front of the tongue with a pleasant hop bite that mellowed in to a citrusy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth but not heavy. The alcohol was not detectable in the taste of this strong ESB making it very drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light to medium copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was very good retentiona and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet, yet peppery oily hop. Hints of orange and honey are evident.

The taste featured a strong upfront resiny hop with peppery highlights. A slight medicinal astringency at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a bizarre dry finish. Lingering hop bitterness.

Overal a tasty ESB. Impressive, yet hidden ABV.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice big off white head foams up with a strong pour. Clear copper color. Sticky lacing coats the glass as you drink it and it dosn't move. A wiff of citrus hops hits me when i pop open the bottle. At first taste though i get all piney resinous hops. The ABV tells me that there must be some sugar sweetness in this thing but it's hard to find through the pine. Some biscuit malt eventually shows through but just faintly. Mouthfeel is oily. I love pine but this one just dosn't have enough balance. The alcohol shows itself toward the end. Worth a try, but nothing great.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with a medium head that was very sticky. Mostly a pine aroma, a little bit of floral presence. The taste was mostly all piney hops, a little late bitterness. It had an oily, not altogether pleasant mouthfeel. Not an enjoyable beer.

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