Well Built E.S.B. | Breckenridge Brewery

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3.85/5
Very Good
73 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DavoleBomb on 07-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
73
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 16
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4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

First time I rated this was on draft at Hoppin' Frog. Revisiting now in July 2017 with only minor alterations.

Hmm...this 4 year old bottle pours as if it's infected. It has a massive, slowly growing but uniform beige head on top of a woody cola brown body. A shit ton of spongy foam lace hangs on, unsupported, in separate layers on the glass.

Smell has me a little worried as well, but not as much. I'm getting sweet whiskey, oak barrel, red grape, caramel, and prune. A hint of roasty, toasted graham arises as it warms.

Thankfully, it is not infected unlike the Breckenridge 25th Anny I had. I'm tasting root beer, raisin, prune, cocoa, light sweet whiskey and grape. A little wood and smooth, light sweet caramel develops as it warms.

Feel is thin and watery despite the massive meringue head it displays, but it does have a moderate carbonation, and a semi-dry chew until it warms, when it becomes wet.

This was better fresh, but still not bad. It's like it turned into a different beer that's almost intentionally a Dubbel or even a Quad.

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4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JGam115
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick amber and brown, solid foam. High octane whiskey, some tobacco, malt. Amazing vanilla, some crusty malt. Exceptional beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

01/09/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Thanks to Dave. This is one of the most phenomenal brews I've ever tasted. The immediate nose is buttered popcorn. Once done, you taste a browned butter flavor that borders butterscotch without the sweetness . So not what I was expecting...way...way better. If an outside the IPA thing is what you're looking for...look no further.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Well Built E.S.B. from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 73 ratings