ESB | Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
Arkansas, United States
corebeer.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by estlinska on 04-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of sandy_gaara
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DHHDS5
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best ESB I've ever tasted!

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Photo of fs_native
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich red color with a lasting head. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Moderate hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had on tap, pours a dark brown almost porter like but not quite. The aroma is smoke followed by some hops. The mouthful is quite substantive, and the taste is malt, some smoke, then hop bitterness. I would love to see this beer on cask. I would also like to see an interpretation of ordinary bitter

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Photo of dradair
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of RMC501
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndriaLachae
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With a name like ESB you can't expect anything but an especially bitter beer. Core hit it on the foamy head. This beer goes perfect with a hefty dinner but can still be drank alone. A lot of thought went into this beer. The only down side to this beer is the "funk" it leaves down your glass as you drink it.

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Photo of Brodie
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of sneezye
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of SeanP
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeB91c
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for the style from a local brewery. Very smooth, mellow, great lacing on the glass and it leaves a lingering flavor of toffees and biscuits on the tongue. A very easy drinking beer and one of the best from this brewery.

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Photo of jwg782
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of B-Land
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of doowhat
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of j3cubman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of unclerob
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ARBeerBulletin
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skillet
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here is how I know I'm a true beer nerd/enthusiast : I hate bitter beers. But I must try everything. And with that in mind, I review by style rather than anything else. Although I still tell you if I like it or not. So here's a gross bitter, reviewed subjectively by a malt-lover.

Appearance : Copper colored body, 80% transparent, with a giant off-white 2 fingered head (like mattress foam) that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass like an abstract art painting.

Smell : Hops obviously out front in the form of fruity pineapple, grapefruit, some morning dew grass, and faint banana peel. Very very faint dirty malt notes.

Taste : It packs a punch. The bitterness is very strong and rich, starting up front with some piney/woody flavors and ending with tropical fruit drying on back of the tongue. Aftertaste is of mango, papaya, and tangelo.

Mouthfeel : light to medium bodied, pretty slick and oily, lightly carbonated, ends slightly dry with dried fruits.

Overall : Again, I'm not a fan of bitters but this is good for its style. Very strong in its presentation and leaves some decent tropical flavors behind as it waves goodbye.

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Photo of brn9000
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Enjoyed this on tap at a local pub, 1st beer I've had from Arkansas.
Pours a dark copper color with an off-white head of less than 1 finger that leaves lots of lacing.
The aroma is loaded with malty goodness: caramel and toffee, cracker and biscuit.
The taste is much the same: Lots of caramel and toffee, a hint of biscuit and a very spot-on bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and quite nice.
Overall, a very true-to-style and tasty ESB. Well done. Glad I had a chance to try it as no one seems quite sure when another keg may make it back here.

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ESB from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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