Dragonmead Sir William's ESB | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Another fine example of the English style. This Bitter is more robust than the best bitter but still with an excellent balance between hops and malt. Pale Ale Malt along with Aromatic and Crystal malts combine with the Galena and Fuggles hops to create a sure-fire favorite.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, no visible date. Bought this at that crappy place in Ann Arbor downtown where all the singles are out of date, not refrigerated, and in the sun. But I was there less than 24 hours and had work to do, so that's the best I could do. May be years old, some bottles were. Tulip pint.

A: Pours a hazy light brown with three fingers of foamy off-white head. Can't really see whether there is carb or not. Outstanding head retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: straight out of the fridge there is a little toasted grain and butterscotch. As it warms the butterscotch becomes caramel, and there are some mild fruity esters there in the background.

T: holy diacetyl, Batman! Arrives sweet, with loads of butterscotch. A little toasted malt on the middle, but mostly sweet grain, buttered popcorn, and butterscotch. A touch too sweet for the style. Finish is quite clean, though, with a little flash of an Earthy and woodsy English hop that finishes quite clean.

M: lighter side of mid-weight, moderate carb, somewhat astringent on the finish. Probably the best part of this beer.

O: I can't get this where I live, and I love ESBs, but I'm not heartbroken. This is a bit too sweet and although I like diacetyl in English beers, this takes it too far. Perhaps due to age; it really foamed up when I poured it, and there were bottles in that shop that were literally 4 years old. IPAs even. Glad I tried it, would not buy again.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of webmanspidey
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of srv33
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown into my tulip glass with a quickly dissipating head and decent fine lacing. Scent of apples, malt, and coffee, an interesting combo. Taste is a good balance between bitter hops and a decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium light with little carbonation. Overall a good brew but nothing to get too excited about, my least favorite of the Dragonmead brews i've had to date (Under the Kilt and Final Absolution, both fine beers.)

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Photo of jaminjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BlissJunkie
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Loud crack upon opening yields insanely high carbonation into the glass, this took a while to pour. Pours hazy dark reddish copper color with a huge 2 finger fluffy off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, toffee, toast, bread, floral, and herbal hops. Pretty nice aromas with solid strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, bread, light pine, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Decent amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, raisin, toffee, bread, light pine, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Solid balance of flavors and fairly robust feeling for 4.8%; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Quite dry on the finish as expected from the high carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is ok. I swirled a lot of the carbonation out of this one on purpose. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid ESB. This was probably infected, but the taste didn’t seem to be affected that badly. In the end it was pretty tasty, I had no problems finishing the glass.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looks a bit too dark to me, and the nose strikes me as straight up apple juice. The flavor is decent, I suppose. A bit too tangy sweet with a higher grain tone than I would be expecting. There is a creamy aspect to it, which makes it a bit more pleasant. Kolsch seems a style that not many American breweries can really pull together. This one is, okay. A bit too heavy, but a decently drinkable beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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