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 kmpitz2
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. This beer is a true copper color with a half finger of head that settles to a patchy coat. There is a constant and moderate carbonation working up, and the clarity is fantastic. Wafting this one, I get some big toasty and earthy British malt tones with a very solid earthy British hop behind it. There is a light alcohol puff in there that accentuates the earthy notes, and brings out some pine and woodsy notes in the hop. It is enjoyable. The flavor is right on line with the aroma, giving me a blast that combines peppery, earthy and woodsy hop that are accentuated by an alcohol kick and spiceyness. It moves to a more toasted breadyness from the malt, and finishes with a solid resinous woody hop with a moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick, with a mild carbonation. This one is extremely drying to me. I think this one is a nice brew. Even though the alcohol is apparent, it does not detract. It has a ton of earthyness that really keeps me interested here. I like it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh from the factory. A bit of cloudy medium yellow, with perpetual white head. Hop aroma is significant. Medium plus mouthfeel, a dangerous drinker and good and full IBU.suitable carbation. A paradigm shift for Rock Art and unique.Double ESB.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Slightly hazed light orange/gold colour with a finger of fine, off-white foam. Plenty of fine lacing as the bubbles settled, good retention. Heavy floral and grapefruit in the aroma, quite juicy, reminiscent of citrus pith. Solid bitterness with a sharp citrus bite, plenty of fruity grapefruit throughout, lingering long into the finish. Biscuity malt and caramel appeared towards the end, but stayed in the background. Light alcohol and mild hop spice in the finish too. Mild warmth, medium body with moderate carbonation, maybe a little on the high side. Creamy texture. Really quite good. Easy drinking for the abv with lots of hop flavour.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Sunset Grill. Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed this one a whole lot. Suprised to find it on-tap.

Poured a clear almost-gold in color. Color was perhaps a bit off for what I was expecting. Some spotted lace with a struggling foam head. Nose was malty and balanced out nicely with some mildly bittering hops.

Nice balance all around to this beer. Malts were sweet and even had a slight breadiness to the. Hops were a blend of spruce and evergreen and came out more as the beer warmed. I have a hunch this would be a copmpletely different beer if served out of a bottle. Medium body that filled out a bit as moved through the pint glass.

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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 theo871
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber direct from the brewery.

Pours a cloudy coppery-orange color. Fingernail-length head forms on top. Lots of lacing on remains on glass. Smells and tastes rather hoppy, very much like a strong IPA, with a bitter bite on the mouthfeel. Although at 8% you probably couldn't go too far with this one as a session, you will feel satisfied at the end of the bottle. Definitely a winner from Rock Art

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Photo of alexgash
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled in March 2008.

Partly cloudy (bottle conditioned) nectarine gold body with a puffy, creamy, glass-crawling, cotton white head. I really like the look of these bottle-conditioned hoppy golden beers (see Two Hearted). Big time butterscotch and DMS on the nose. Butterscotch cookie malt, rummy fruits, and some resinous hops. Maybe a bit too buttery.

Shortbread cookie and butterscotch malts lead off the palate. Boozy fruits fill-in as big hop bitterness closes in and takes over. Resinous, herbal, minty, and quite bitter. Malt gets a bit stronger as the glass warms. Tongue-numbing finish. Soft, creamy, minerally feel in a medium-full body. Not bad, especially if you like hops!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not your typical ESB, This one poured out with a nice deep orange color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of this beer was definitely dry hopped and gives off plenty of floral hop aromas in the nose. The taste of the beer was nice but again not a traditional ESB flavor. Big amounts of bitter flavors dominate the maltiness of this brew. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a nice smooth texture with a sharp crisp finish to it. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit but if you're expecting a true ESB style beer look elsewhere because this one is more like an IPA.

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Photo of Shaw
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber in color with a huge, rocky white head. It has light carbonation.

A nice floral hop aroma, with notes of biscuit.

It's quite bitter, with plenty of flavor from dry-hopping. There is a bit of balance from the malts. It also has a nice, earthy quality.

The body is light. I'd like a bit more substance.

This is a fine hoppy beer and a steal at $3 for a 22-ounce bottle I bought in Waterbury, Vt.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange body, nicely cloudy with some clumps of yeast sediment. Head is filmy, just a slick on the top and a fine ring of white foam around the edge. Nice lacing. Body looks incredibly thick, the sediment looks like it's caught in honey. Great looking beer.

Delicious, lucsious tropical fruits on the nose. Passionfruit, guava, lime and babaco. Nice, but it doesn't have much else to it. Just the sweet bomb of fruity hop character. Still, it's a great nose. Could use some more crazy complexities to it, a bit more depth.

Really nice flavour as well. Strong hop presence, lots of spicy astringency, which mellows to a dry, vegatative or even chalky character. Long palate dies away very slowly to an almost eucalyptus bite. Nice. It's not a palate wrecker, but it's a pretty powerful beer. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. You could have told me this was 5% ABV. I like it.

Great beer, but you'd be hard pressed to drink more than one or two. Nice for now though, very robust.

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with minimal head. Golden to light amber color. Highly carbonated. Very strong attractive aroma of malt and English hops. Very pleasant maltiness upon tasting that fades to a nice blend of malt, hops and alcohol. Doesn't taste 'extreme', despite its name. Doesn't knock my socks off but very drinkable. An 8% session ale??!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking slightly hazy copper colour with a mid-to big sized creamy off-white head that has a lot of stickiness to it.

The aroma is a wonderful blast of hops which are balanced with a caramel malt sweetness. The hop aromas here lean toward the bread and/or pine variety and just make for some wonderful scents overall.

The flavour is hoppy but not as hoppy as the aroma. It is cut through with some bitterness and a bit of sweetness. There's more of a dirty earth quality here and some hints of pepper and perhaps other spice as well. Caramel sweetness is still here but much less apparent than it is in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very sharp to the tongue.

I liked this one. I was expecting it to be a bit more mellow than it was (although I don't know why as the word extreme is plainly plastered across the front of the bottle) but was not disappointed at all for a bit of a jacked up brew. I'd say it needs an ever so slight tweaking in the balance department to keep the malt more in line with the hops, but it's current makeup is still quite nice and I really have no complaints about it. Recommended.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA in August 2006, then cellared for six months. Brown bomber with a green and yellow label featuring some abstract art under the label EXTREME, with the subtitle "This Ain't for No Mam's Boy or Daddy's Girl." No ingredient or freshness info.

Pours a slightly hazy copperish gold under a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly to thick bubbly film and thin collar, leaving just a couple drops on the glass. The nose is strong of citrus and pine, with a touch of sweet caramel lurking in the back. The mouth is well-carbonated and fairly light. Not much balance here, as the 80 IBUs kick in from the start, opening with a citrus inclination, then quickly moving through coniferous to espresso bitter. The aftertaste is strongly dry and bitter, less like espresso than like chewing on a coffee bean (or a hops pellet). The bitterness lasts and lasts. I'm enjoying it, but it definitely is extreme.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art Extreme ESB pours a hazy copper color with a creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a ring around the beer leaving a few spots of lace on the sides of the glass. An aroma of orange and lemon citrus hops with just a hint of pale malt hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly creamy on the palate with a mild carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mainly a citrus hoppy flavor with notes of orange and lemon. Towards the end there's some caramel and pale malt sweetness with bit of bubblegum flavor mixed in. Once gone the citrus orange flavor and a bit of caramel malt linger on the palate.

This beer could use a bit more malt to balance out the hops. Otherwise it's a very tasty beer that hides it's 8% alcohol well.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a name! Good thing this one lives up to that mouthful. A cloudy (unfiltered) straw gold Extra Special Bitter with orange hues. Developed a creamy, glass-crawling white head with good retention that left some nice lacing. Strong, hoppy aroma with a medium-heavy body. Malty bread, apricots, butterscotch, citrus notes. Yum. A great example of their Extreme series, bold and complex.

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Photo of dherling
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out light brown with an inner glow, topped by a frothy off white head that dissolves into a thin film. Very minimal amount of lacing. Great nose, balanced if not particularly complex. Big hops and malt balance out and hide the alcohol well. The taste goes more towards the hops side on balance, herbal, but there is still good malt sweetness holding up the other end. Has a wonderfully crisp mouthfeel, finishing long and then clean.

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Photo of sleazo
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 BattleRoadBrewer
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear eddish gold with a large white foamy head. It's a nice looking beer with good lacing and a lasting head. The taste is a malty hop bitter explosion. The intial sip is sweet malt then bitter hops with alcohol. A pretty good Bitter. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well making this a very good beer that should not be missed and one of Rock Art's better beers.

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Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Lupe
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 SouljaSaia17
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber color with a good 2 to 3 finger bright white head that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation as well.

S: Very unique smell to this beer. Im getting some earthy, resinous hops, followed by a slight citrus and caramel. I also get a hint of spice and rum aroma.

T: This has a flavor that sticks right in your mouth. Has some hop bitterness up front but not like an IPA. I get some molasses or a syrup flavor along with some bready notes at the end, which give this a dry finish.

M: Mouth feel is lots of sticky bitterness upfront and then mellows out a little. Medium bodied beer that definitely sticks out as an old English pale ale type of beer.

O: The saying on the bottle says it all, "this ain't for no mama's boy or daddy's girl". This is my first Rock Art and I am a bit impressed by the complexity of this beer. Not something I would seek out again, but good to experience at least once.

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

got this one from Lupe as part of the 80s BIF. thanks jason!

22oz bottle. the squared, not cubed version. sampled july 24/08.

pours crystal clear orangey copper colour with a thin very fine white head. the head drops quickly and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is good. big biscuit and bready malts. light citrus and pine. more orange than grapefruit. bit of alcohol. hops come across just a bit powdery. floral and almost earthy at points.

taste is good. solid medium-high bitterness level up front. slightly powdery grapefruit and pine. that gives way to white bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. herbal and almost medicinal character from the hops. bit of mint and black pepper. little alcohol warmth in the finish.

mouthfeel is nice. medium carbonation. a little bigger than medium body. i could go for a touch less carbonation to make it more esb-style. the bitterness just won't quit either.

drinkability is decent. i think the bitterness level is maybe a touch too high for this one, really clinging and not letting you forget it's there. that's kept mostly in check by the malt and alcohol, but not quite. still, if they were aiming for extreme then they've hit the mark. i wouldn't say no to another.

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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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