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 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 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 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 geexploitation
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish, cloudy amber with a decent sized head that fades to a collar with a bit of dusting. The nose is full of earthy English hops, alongside some cinnamon spice and zesty caramel malts. The overall aromatic impression is one of dryness. On the palate, sweet caramel malts with an orange tinge give way to hop bitterness at the mid-palate and a dry finish. The hops are rather piney, but they also have a funk that fits in well with the malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of alcoholic hotness, and brash-but-not-overdone hop oils. This is a fair interpretation of an "double" ESB -- hoppy and malty at the same time, but retaining drinkability. One of the better Rock Art brews.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came with a fluffy, light-tan head. The color was a very cloudy (unfiltered, I was told) deep-amber. The nose was rich with hops, accompanied by a lightly malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium, with a piney, sticky, resinous (hey, what am I reviewing here?) hop presence. This is the type of beer that will remind even a novice as to which family of plants from which the hop is derived. I was further told that you have to like Tomahawk hops, or you will be sucking wind before your first sip. The disclaimer on the bottle said it all. Yes, I had it on tap, but I also looked at the bottle. The finish was where the malt really came in. Tasty? Oh, yeah, for a hophead. More? Well, at 8% ABV, I had to go easy.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into .5l Swiss Boot. 8&, 80 IBUs.

A- Incredible head on a golden, tawny, orangey beer. Caramel in color. Head lasts for days, took about 5 minutes to pour a full glass. Lacing from the pour and all the way down; spectacular.

S- Hops on parade! Judging by the name, it's a safe bet that Tomahawk hops are the main note. Piny, resiny, very octane-like in aroma.

T- Wow. Bitter doesn't even begin to describe this. Hops are overpowering, choking, strangling my tongue. Malt profile is pretty hefty to counterbalance and pretty sweet. Does a nice job playing between the two, with the hops coming through in the end. Peppery, pine sap, resin, and maple sugar malt. Interesting. Like a DIPA mixed with a barleywine.

M- Scathing from the hops... but I'm a sucker for that kinda feeling. I like it. Medium body, decent carbonation. Solid all the way around.

D- Moderate, but enjoyable. I think this is one 'ell of a beer, with major points for style and originality. Rock Art has really started to impress me. Not sure if I'd call it a triple bitter, but it's a malty DIPA with some fantastic hops. I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of EPseja
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Vibrant orange and gently hazed with a creamy off-white head that instantly grabs hold of the glass sides and digs in for a ride down the sides of the glass. Head retains well, and lacing comes in sheets.

S - A pretty standard big-hop profile with leanings toward the juicy citrus side rather than the pine side. Malts are unassuming, and just barely able to carry the weight of the big green cones. Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

T - Just when you expect to be bashed in the face with hops, you get a very pleasant repreive. Up front is a mild, English malt sweetness with nice undertones of baked goods and light caramel. In the middle, the hops join in the fun, but play nicely with the muffins to create a very pleasant balance. After the muffins go to bed, the hops stay out late and party on the back of your tongue, taking turns sliding down your drying throat into your belly, where a gentle alcohol glow awaits. Not nearly as extreme as the label might have you think, but excellently balanced.

M - Hangs just over the "watery" fence on the "slick" side where it belongs. Gentle puff in the mouth and a great, throat coating finish with little gassiness. Excellent!

D - Given things like the word "Extreme" and "ESB3", I was expecting to be blasted with a crazy, uber hop beer like everybody and their mother seems to be creating nowadays, precariously balanced on the brink of a gustatory cliff. Instead, I was presented with a genuinely tasty and super enjoyable ESB that, even though it uses a heavy-handed dose of hops, allows the malts to have a say in it's direction and character. My suggestion? Next time, let the "super-colossal, big, bold, and brash, you're-not-worthy, crazy and kooky" marketing bandwagon pass you up by creating a not-so-misleading label and let this well-crafted beer speak for itself.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ESB x 3

AP: A semi-cloudy copper/amber color with a bubbly but thin and a scattered head that eventually recedes to a thick ring around the edge with little delicate designs in the bubbly cap.

Nose: A strong sweet-fruit and citrus (lemmons for sure) hop scent upfront and a semi-sweet malt scent underneath. This has the nose of an double IPA with a slightly stronger malted scent.

Taste: Triple ESB...very interesting indeed, this one tastes much like a Double IPA with it's fruity effects but this also displays some hearty, wheatie, caramalized malted flavors as well.

MF: Medium body, crispy feeling and rather substantial feel on the palate.

DA: 8.0 % ABV hits pretty hard after the second 20 oz'er!

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one had been aging for the better part of a year before I finally tapped it. It's a cloudy amber color with a modest off-white head that quickly fades to a ring with a modicum of random lacing. The aroma is a thick piney hops and licorice alcohol, grapey malt, beautiful. The flavor is malt-wheat, along the lines of a barleywine with a mellow herbal hop bitter edge and some nutty warmth. It really improves as it warms. Smooth and viscous, mildly carbonated. Very good overall, especially for a barleywine guy like me. Fair drinkability at the least, depending upon your alcohol criteria.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one as part of a BOF recently. Having only had a couple other offerings from Rock Art in the past, I jumped at the chance to try another. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed 08/23/2009.

Appearance 4 - Very nice pour here, deep copper in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top quite nicely I have to say. Rich side glass lacing that leaves spider like webs all over the sides and bottom of the glass.

Aroma 4 - Lots of caramel malts right up from, balanced well against a pine tar like touch. As it warms some more grassy and herbal notes begin to show their nose and provide some really nice balance to the overall profile. As it warms more and more come through and it actually picks up a great deal of hoppiness by the end.

Taste 4 - This one was much bigger then I thought it would be if I am being honest. Huge malt bomb at first, followed the aroma quite nicely, becoming hoppy and bitter as I progressed though. Nice touch of boozy in it as well now. Overall very nicely done, well balanced and nice and strong.

Feel 4 - Cannot really complain about this at all really, quite solid I have to say and really very well done. Rich carbonation and a medium feel, a bit thick toward the end, but overall it was very nicely done I have to say.

Drinkability 4.5 - While being a bit up there in ABV, it was still very drinkable. The flavor really grew on me after a while and I really found myself liking this one more and more with each passing sip.

Overall - Not what I was expecting but very, very solid. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day, this was one of the highlights of the weekend for me

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head holds acceptably, with coating lace. Aroma is nutty malt with a light piney hop note. Flavor shows the same ample nutty grains upfront, and balancing and more so hoppy bitterness to follow, with some citrus as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, and drinkability is great. Nice one here from Rock Art, hope it becomes a more regular offering.

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Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 nandemo1
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a finger and a half of off white, cream colored foam. Head dissipates quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. Carbonation is very good.

Smells of sweet malts and a little floral/fruity, not a lot of citrus. Taste is also mildly sweet but there's also a good amount of hop bitterness that balances it out and then some.

Feel is medium bodied but bubbly thanks to good carbonation.

Is this an ESB, I don't know. The hoppiness is right in your face. It is however a very good beer.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem for $2. Poured into a dimple mug

Color is a fairly cloudy apricot--I see this one is bottle conditioned. Head is an impressive 2-3 fingers, off-white, thick and solid looking. Very stick and leaves lots of lace, pretty good retention.

Smell is piney and hoppy, slight malt to keep it from tipping overboard. Maybe a bit of a weird, wet dog type of smell but it was impossible to pin that one definitively on the beer.

Taste is very good, very IPA-like in my opinion. Bitter, a hoppiness that is dominated by piney/resiney characteristics. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky as the abundance of hop oils seems to coat the mouth. Not sure if I can describe it helpfully but it is a common occurrence while drinking hoppy beers. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation.

The drinkability of this makes it dangerous. I will probably be getting a couple more bottles of this on my next visit to break up the stranglehold that the dark heavies seem to have on the winter months. Highly recommended.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm....thanks to my wife for bringing this back from Vermont for me.

Pours a light brown with a bright yellow-orange glow, with a frothy, almost soapy off-white head that dissipated quickly to a denser thin layer. Some lacing, but nothing extravagant.

Gorgeous aroma...well balanced, with a nice malty sweetness under a thick layer of earthy, rich hops.

Delicious -- not as balanced as the aroma would suggest, but should a beer with a big EXTREME across the label really be balanced? Fantastic bitter hops, a nice dose of herbal hops. Oh, and more hops. Nice.

A bit puckering on the palate. No surprise, and not unwelcome for a hop-lover. Very dry.

I like this beer a lot. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of Hendry
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Okay, this bomber was a gift and I took a couple weeks to make my way to trying it. Upon opening it and taking in the nose, which is a balance of malty and hop goodness, it seemed to me there was a West Coast vibe to it.

It pours a cloudy amber color with a generous soapy head that lasted quite well. The lacing was also quite good. There is definately an interesting mix of malty and hoppy with the hops slightly edging out the maltiness.

Carbonation is medium as is the mouthfeel, and the interesting part of this ESB is the interplay between the malt & hops. It wasn't until halfway through the bomber that the flavors started to grow on me a bit. Upon finishing, I felt like it took half of this bottle to get me acclimated to the flavors, and by the time I finished it the aftertaste and overall impression of Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus was favorable.

The nose and flavors/aftertaste very much remind me of Gigantic IPA from Oregon, but this is a Vermont product and a decent one at that. A good value and worth a try.

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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 blackie
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mine seems to be the squared version rather than the cubed, whatever that means. A small pricing-type sticker on the bottom of the bottle reads "04 08"...fresh?

a: pours a big pillowy head that slowly falls, leaving heavy lacing and nice retention, the beer is a medium golden amber in color

s: full, earthy citrus hop aroma and a body of pale malt, enjoying the hops but could use a touch more malt depth

m: delicate medium carbonation and body

t: big citrus hop flavors over a dryish pale malt body, moderate-high bitterness builds into the finish, not that complex but pretty good

d: to be honest, I expected a little more from such a name, but a nice beer all around

from ppoitras in No BS 3

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jmu500 for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, nice little citrus note. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice hop note, citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew. My bottle has a 2 on it.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(3.5) A: Hazy deep amber with a peach-hue to it. Semi creamy foam head with very good retention and a decent lacing down the glass.

(4.0) S: Dry pine, citrus, buttered bread, and a fair amount of spice including nutmeg and others I can’t quite put my finger on. Nice damp and earthy quality with a solid malty aroma.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with a dry grapefruit and pine taste, coupled with a bit of tart lemon. Hearty malt backbone complimented with spices. Definitely leans towards the bitter side of things with the hop dominance, and I’m enjoying it.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate-high carbonation for the style. Resiny and slightly chewy. Dry and slightly acidic (not in a bad way) which gives it enough bite. Everything works together very well.

(4.0) D: Not quite up there with Vermonster, but an excellent Rock Art offering that I always try and grab when I’m in the area. Worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Pours a light brown, golden and slightly foggy in appearance that leaves a thick frothy white head that disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is strong molasses, hop citrus, pine, caramel, sugary sweetness. The taste starts bitter upfront with a citrus rind bitterness, followed by a spicy honey flavor on the palate which is smooth but the bitterness is again strong upfront. Overall this is a good beer easily the best Rock Art beer I've tried but not so extreme but quality and worth trying.

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Photo of NickBeery
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a generous,foamy head and decent lace.

The aroma of fruit/citrus,malts and pine notes.

The taste starts off mildly bitter with a sweetness that rushes in right after. Herbal hops and caramel with a spicy touch. The alcohol is present,but not in your face.

The feel was medium to heavy in body with low carbonation and a really smooth finish. It had a good balance which I thought was essential for everything to work.

Notes: The drinkability is not for session. I like big beers and I love beers that are between 8 and 9% and have the booze well masked,but two of these would be fine for me. Not hard to drink,not a sipper yet this could sneak up on you. A fine beer.

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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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