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: 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 sjverla
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Sweet and fruity. Definitely a little boozy. Apple cider notes. A little bit of musty/earthyness.

Appearance: Very hazy - like unfiltered honey - same golden amber. Deep and bitter. The malts are complex; sweet like brown sugar and burnt. Hops are very present. Very grassy and mildly lemony. The alcohol is noticeable, but not over-powering. Feel is lively.

Overall: Reminiscent of a barleywine, but more complex than some. A really nice beverage. I had to re-review because my palate was off the first time, and I'm glad I did.

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Photo of eberheli
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good refreshing brew after a long ride on Kingdom Trails in East Burke. It was great to walk in to a gas station market and snag a local beer in a 22-ounce bottle. Highly recommended -- strong enough to mellow me out after logging miles. Best part - solid flavor from start to finish. Worst part - I split the bottle with a friend and only had half.

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Photo of LlamaTooth
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says ESB2, not ESB3; not sure if that makes a difference.

A - Nice and hazy, the color of polished copper.

S - Just a hint of what is to come. Smells sweet but subdued.

T - Seems like this beer is just barely not an IPA on the first few sips. Take a few more and the shock wears off and leaves me wondering where those 80 IBU's are. I find that the heavy hop flavor comes through early and mid sip but leaves the finish mostly malty and dry.

M - Nice medium body - were it not for the high alcohol, I could easily drink more than I should.

Overall, this is a very good beer that I could enjoy in just about any context.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color.

Smell - sweet malt dominates.

Taste - caramel malty and sweet not overally bitter as described by some.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and creamy.

Overall - I liked this beer and could easily drink more than one in a session.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark hazy copper colored body with plenty of velvety smooth white head. Shows a rich and sticky texture as well.

Aroma is slightly sweet maltiness covered up by an almost overpowering grass and pine resin hops aroma. As it warms some bready malt character can also be detected.

This beer puts the Bitter in Extra Special Bitter. Certainly more bitter than any English ESB I've had and it's American hop profile gives it a flavor profile reminiscent of many American IPAs. Plenty of herbal/floral and even some grapefruity hop flavors but it's really the early addition bittering hops that tell the story. 80 IBU's of wonderful mouth puckering bitterness. Malt character is the one area that keeps this from being an IPA with just enough caramel and biscuity malt flavors to remind you that this is not a D.I.P.A. However, I wouldn't mind seeing the scale tip a little bit more in favor of the malts to help provide a more distinctive ESB flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a slightly cream texture and helps mask the 8% abv well. Overall, I'm thoroughly enjoying this IPA... of wait no, I mean ESB, it just not quite as malty or balanced as I would have thought for the style.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold on the edges and then a orangey yellow body. and golden body with a white creamy head. Looks very bubbly.

Big time citrus and pine with the smell; a yeast and maltiness come through. Smells really good.

The 80 IBU's definitely shows up on the first sip. Bitterness, bitterness with more bitterness some buscuits and a bready taste. The citrus tastes are lemon and lime. The aftertaste of metal kind of takes away from the beer. Some alcohol present but not over the top.

Medium body and carbonation. Feels nice in the month. The dry bitter metalic taste leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Not a bad brew overall. The aroma is the highlight here. The taste is not bad, I like bitter but it's not as balanced as it should be, leaving with a metalic taste.

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Photo of nhindian
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Bottle generously provided as an extra by CharlieMurphy, thanks a lot!

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color, the shade of tangerines and late-afternoon sunsets. A hard pour only develops about a finger's worth of head with moderate retention. Interesting lacing as it doesn't stay to together to form a solid curtain, yet when it breaks apart it doesn't slide down the glass.

S - Smell is eerily reminiscent of an aggressively dry-hopped IPA, bringing strong aromas of citrus and pine. There's also some grass and lemon in here as well. The back-end has a good amount of malt backbone to it and biscuit dryness.

T - The first few seconds of this beer are incredibly bitter mixed with caramel malts. Unfortunately the hop presence that was so strong in the nose doesn't translate to the flavor, as it is overly bitter without the benefit of the citrus fruits or pine that the hops delivered in the aroma. There's a bit of hop spice here as well. Finishes bland with another hit of bitterness and alcohol heat.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. A bit syrupy in the mouth and the lasting impression on the palate is strong bitterness.

D - Drinkability is moderately low. Much too bitter in the taste without extracting much flavor from the loads of hops in this. The flavor is uninspired and not overly pleasant to drink.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra in a trade with aapp. Cheers!

A- Pours a hazy orange golden color with a thick rocky foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Hoppy nose with pine, citrus, and floral scents coming through. A touch of caramel and toast.

T- Very bitter upfront with a piney hops leading the way. An interesting finish with flavors of bread, caramel, rye, and alcohol all showing themselves. Very hoppy for an ESB.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation (considering the style).

O- Overall a pretty decent brew that definitely MUCH hoppier than other more traditional ESBs.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Yep, it's the color of an ESB with minimal head and mild carbonation. Pours a copper color.

S - Mild toffee biscuit malt, some citrus, and not much else going on.

T - Much better than the aroma. This beer packs a big pine, ruby grapefruit, orange, floral punch. Starts out with a slight malt zing and then immediately moves into a huge wall of bitterness. The bitterness aspect is mostly resinous, it's huge, not your grandfather's ESB -it's an ESB on 'roids. Very unbalanced.

M - Gentle on the tongue, heavy medium body, a little slick on the tongue with a very dry finish and an alcohol forward effervescence.

D - I love it but unless you're a hop head, you'll be shaving your tongue.

I want another bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of Axic10
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark golden orange with half a finger of white head that settles down to an even thinner layer.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, subdued grapefruit, grainy, and a noticeable alcohol burn on the nose.

Taste: Bready malt, caramel malt, bitey bitter hops, very bitter taste none of the alcohol from the nose coming through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, some what syrupy and a dry bitter finish.

Drinkability: A very interesting take on the ESB style, if the nose were better on this, it'd give Three Floyd's Lord Admiral Nelson a run for the title of my favorite of the style. Might pick up again.

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Photo of telecomz
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a surprise.

Part ESB, part IPA ande part barleywine.

IBUs are profound as is the sweet maltiness at the backend. I like the beer quite a bit but I can understand how some might be confused.

An OK beer. I might drink it again but there are better ESBs out there - I like ESBs.

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Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Into a pint glass comes a dark copper with hazy orange hues around the edges. On top is a very thick almost marshmellowy head that has great head rentention. Upon thinning out it leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Quite a bang of citrusy hops lots of grapefruit notes. Subtle simple syrup notes. On the malt end of it there is a trail of bready sweetness in the back.

Taste: As sharp bite of citrus and piney bits. Caramelized sugars from the malts that gives it a little bit of a crisp mouthfeel yet still has a stickyness to it. The finish is pleasant and smooth with the subtleist bit of dryness.

Notes: This is my first offering from Rock Art a good find and a good one pick up again. Cheers.

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Photo of silentjay
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an amber tinted copper with excessive hop haze and a sizable big-bubbled white head that recedes quick, but leaves chunky lacing on the glass.

buttery aroma with caramel, doughy bread, some herbal hops..nothing great here.

herbal hops up front with a sweet citrus kick, quickly gives way to the caramel, bready, peppery, and slightly grainy malts that linger in the finish as well as a bit of lingering booze. meh.

rather light bodied but with a generous amount of prickly carbonation that doesn't help much.

drinks average at best. kind of like a light barelywine meets an esb, meets an english IPA. not my thing. I will pass next time.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at McGrath's in Harrisburg

A-pours a deep golden amber color that is pretty much opaque from the haze. Head is pure white and bubbly.

S-the nose has a fair bit of wheaty malt, notes of orange juice with pulp, hints of caramel and grain with a floral hop backbone.

T-toasted grains and caramel malt up front, pine and citric hops more towards the back. a fair bit of brown sugar and caramel roll in. a fair bit of citric hops in the back and a dank herbal presence. an assertive bitterness that lingers for a moment to finish this off.

M-medium body and syrupy with a grainy tough texture. strong carbonation and a slightly messy carbonation in the finish.

D-interesting beer, seems quite big almost american barley wine style. very balanced and interesting, huge flavors and hides the alcohol quite well. tasty treat.

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Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy caramel color, topped by a finger of beige head, and some streaky lace on the glass.

Smell is bready caramel, rounded yeast, some really fragrant floral and herbal bitter. Nice.

Marvelous taste. It starts bready and caramel/toffee, quickly picking up some tart yeast which carries into a decreasingly sweet, increasingly complex, and tasty finish of floral, herbal bitter, and even a bit of spicy hop and citrus pith. Very clean taste, nice slow motion appearance of the flavors on palate, finish gets even drier as it warms.

Mouthfeel is tastefully low carb., medium side of full bodied for style, and an excellent finish.

I love this style, and I could drink this one until ice forms on the equator of Venus.

Impression: One of the better ESB's out there, get this if you can, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting mix. Mild bitter English ale meets mad California hoppy brewing!!!!

This is like" ESB meets DIPA" and it works. Pours a hazy apricot color with a big frothy , slightly off-white head and good thick lacing. ARoma is fairly mild but you know there is hoppy goodness coming up!!!

Taste starts out like a good ESB, flavorful, malty and slightly bitter. Then a good blast of hops bitterness kicks in and remains till the end. I am not familiar witn Mgnum or Tomahawk hops but they are not as citrusy or piney as the big three "C" hops favored by West Coast brewers. This is an interesting and tasty combination.

Mouthfeel is rich, crisp and slightly oily, no hint of alcohol. Drinkability is very good considering the abv. I sipped the whole bottle myself and enjoyed every drop. Another winner from Rock ARt!!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Smells of earthy herbal resinous hops with a twinge of buttery pale malt. Judging from the aroma this isn't like an ESB I've had before. Taste is malty up front for a couple of milliseconds before the hops assault my palette with all they've got. Bitter herbal resinous citrus hop bite infused with pale and maybe a hint of toffee. Bitter dry finish. Medium body, bitter resinous mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Pretty good Ipa, but it could probably use a bit more malt backbone. I'm not sure I would ever attach a British style designation to a clearly American take on a beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of TK5150
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky orange with highlights of yellowy orange around the edges of the glass. The head is off-white and small.

S- Oranges and maltiness. Not much else going on.

T- Oranges, bitterness, and a little crystal malt lingering at the finish. Very straightforward.

M- Medium bodied and perfect carbonation. Feels nice in the mouth.

D- I could see myself drinking this this summer. Very drinkable, not complex, yet has a nice flavor.

Overall, not like any other ESB I've ever had...the hoppiness is distinctly American. I am not complaining. A very enjoyable beer. I will probably drink this again this summer, especially since it's $3.99 a bomber.

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Photo of joeland
2.29/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance- An amber color with a off white head that leaves a good lacing

smell- a very weak hoppy smell

taste- it has a weak bitter taste with a hint of the alchol taste

mouthfeel- you get a tiny hint of burn going down

drinkability- one is enough for me. i struggled to finsih the one i was on

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Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this one perhaps I was just in the mood I don't know it's big sticky and floral. I just really like this one.

A - Dark golden hazy pour with a thin head.

S - slight pine reminds me of a bit of a barleywine type smell.

T - Maybe it's just me love the sticky floral taste of this it's a bit sweet but so what thats what I was looking for in this style.

M - Sticks with you resiny some pine.

D - Will definately have again. Not a bad price for a bomber either.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a beige foamy head that leaves a coating of sticky lacing down the pint. Some rings. Honestly, how does it get better than this?

Citric hop aroma and some fermented fruit. Hop forward. Good, but missing alot.

Big juicy hop flavors, some toasted malt and some light fruit sweetness, with some nice bready elements, but it jumps right back into pine and grapefruit. Booze is there, woody and alcoholic. ESB or American Strong Ale?

Medium-full bodied, with just enough alcohol to keep it dancing on the palate.

Overall, I got a 12 oz. single, and that was enough. This was an enjoyable beer, and it fell †o a weaker American Strong Ale than ESB. Not sessionable at all. Very good, but another example of extreme beer that is beginning to bore me. I'd definitely have this again, but my guess is that I just ...won't.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I won this at a raffle during my homebrew club's meeting. Poured from the 12oz brown into my duvel tulip.

A - a caramel colored liquied with reddish hues and translucent clarity. The cap has 2.5 fingers of rocky beige w/ large bubbles and rising carbonation is visible w/ some particulate of yeast evident. The lace clings in a holey film on the glass.

S - A smell of fruity yeast w/ subtle apple tart elements and floral hop quality w/ mild citrus peel. The ale also has a mild pine aroma and subtle alcohol ester

M - The feel has a fruity tang w/ subtle yet smooth caramel and piney bitterness from the hops w/ light yeast nuttiness and textures of mild tannic acid in the finish

T - I found the malt flavor to be subtle w/ mild wood flavor and slight bitter herbal taste. The ale has a light pine tinge from the hops and mild apple rind from the yeast ew/ a mild bit of grapefruit rind and notes of nuts in the malt w/ gentle almond like sweetness and touch of toast. The hops are more bitter than juicy and dry w/ tea-like astringency and the alcohol and malt balance is slightly warming w/ dry bitter finishing flavor

D - A pretty drinkable ale, however I could probably find many that are more drinkable in this category - I consider this less and ESB and more in the strong ale vein. It probably has a couple months age on it, but it didn't really hinder the hop flavor that much and I do think it is a relatively easy quaff for the 8% it packs - a nice balance compared to others of its ilk.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint. Amber color and slightly hazy with a nice rocky, white head. Aromas of toasted malt, nuts and a bit of hop. The hops really come through on the palate, along with biscuity malt and a bit of citrus. Full-bodied, with some good bitterness on the finish. Not my favorite style by any means, but a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent. It's sweet smelling with some mild bready notes. The hops are present, but take a back seat to the malts. The taste is good as well. It has a solid malt bill that's big on caramel and bisquit malts. It's bitter, but not overly so; at least it's balanced. It goes down easy with a piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I'm not sure it's the best ESB, but it's complex, bitter, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty and effective pale ale/esb.

Pours hazy deep copper with a dense cream colored head that rises an inch above the beer. Smell is dense and hoppy with pine and grapefuit and a thick caramel malt backbone. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, with piles of caramel and thick grapefruity hops. There is a rich peppery bitterness that clings to the back of the throat, but the overall mouthfeel is thin in the middle, with a surprising tea-like quality.

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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ from Rock Art Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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