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 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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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 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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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 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 GJ40
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Monk's in Philly.

A - Golden and hazy with a thick white head and good lacing.

S - Fruity and floral hops.

T - A citrusy, grapefruit flavor dominates the experience. It really tasted like a west coast beer. There was enough sweetness to balance it nicely. This is the first beer I've had from Rock Art and I was impressed.

M - Good body with a nice level of carbonation.

D - I found this smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 tpd975
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gillard.

A: Pours a medium copper hue with a puffy head which shows good retention.

S: Nice blast of hops backed by wonderful caramel malt.

T: Wow this is not your average ESB. This is hopped to the max. Tons of pine blast the tongue along with hints of citrus. Caramel and biscuit malt are there to even things out a bit but this is one hoppy ass ESB.

M: Medium to thick in body with a nice level of carbonation.

D: My favorite ESB to date.... being a hophead I think it has a bit to do with the hops.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a hazy amber with a finger of white head that leaves a nice lacing as I make my way to the bottom of the glass. Smells of sweet citrus fruits like orange and also a slight raisin note. Tastes of ripe fruit, sweet caramel malt, and bitter hops. Finishes dry and peppery. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The high alcohol precludes this one as a session beer for me, but I had no problem going through the bomber by the time I finished a few slices of pizza.

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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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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange body, 2 finger head, wonderful lacing

S: pine, orange peel, malt, grapefruit

T: grapefruit, pine, malt, long sticky/ oily finish

M: med/heavy body, sticky/ oily mouth

O: Wow, look forward to enjoying more
from this small VT brewery. This is like
ESB+Imp IPA hybrid.


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber color, a little hazy, with good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – definitely more on the hop side. There’s an interesting addition that I can’t quite identify. I don’t think it’s the caramel that they add, it smells like something earthier than that…maybe maple syrup?

Taste – also tastes pretty hoppy. You can taste the hops in the beginning before you feel their bitterness in the middle. That same interesting quality that was in the smell is also in the taste. I still think it could be something of a maple syrup that’s added. Subtly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-rounded in the texture, not leaning more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – very decent brew. Interesting to think about and good-tasting.

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

A: Robust Orangey Copper with a touch of haze and a few good size bubbles swirling to the top. Head is leaning big with a cream color and course texture. Good retention and fair lace.

S: Citrus & resin for sure - but not quite as pungent and dank as I was expecting with Columbus and Magnum in large amounts. Good character though with the main notes rounded out by spice, lemon, & herbal notes. Firmly biscuity pale with a touch of sweetness & a hint of caramel. Ghost impression of sweet boozy alcohol.

T: Much more aggressive than the nose. Firm pine and resin bitterness right out of the gate. Citrus arrives in the middle mostly as lemon and grapefruit – quite rindy with just a brief flash of the softer, sweeter fruit. Again, as the main notes linger you start to pick out all sorts of interesting notes at the margins – spicy, herbal/medicinal, woody, and leafy/grassy/floral. Pale base has a great biscuity depth to it which is rounded out by some malt sweetness, toasty grain, a touch of caramel, and a hint of melanoidan/breadcrust. The last pour from the bomber yields some nutty yeast notes. You do get the idea that this is a bigger beer, but alcohol stays in the shadows.

M: A bit over medium with CO2 just a hair under matched. Tons of texture from dextrins and hop tannins (very coating and a touch oily), and just some slight sugary tack. Hops and alcohol take this one quite dry, but never harsh. Very faint alcohol warmth.

D: A very well done job of pushing the envelope. You can definitely see the IPA comparisons with the significant hop punch. However, I feel that this one demonstrates the style differences quite well. An IPA this size would be more flabby – more lip coating sugar tack, more sweetness, more caramel – and hopefully with a more forward hop nose. ESB2 is still robust, but more taut and less decadent.

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Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ from Rock Art Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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