Chin Wag | Hogshead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hogshead Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Caution, one too many may cause you to talk Shite. It combines a chewy malt forward mouth feel balanced by a moderate hopping rate delivered by challenger golding and fuggles hops. Dangerously Quaffable at 38 IBU, Beer to savor over a good conversation.

Added by ArrogantB on 08-26-2012

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 7
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4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Score given is for the cask offering of this beer. The regular tap offering of this beer from this brewery is significantly inferior.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at Terminal Bar. It's a lovely, malty ESB, with a dry finish, The upfront barley flavors are caramel, doughy bread and a little toffee. As it warms up (and you should let it warm up) light toast and berry notes emerge. The finish has biting, earthy hops without much fruit or spice. It's a little bitter kick at the end, and my only complaint is that the hops don't add more flavor. Fun beer though. I'd get another.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this pulled from a cask at a local bar. Poured into a pint glass.

L- I love the look of cask ales. Had a great two finger frothy, off-white head - which stuck around for the majority of the beer. Amber/red appearance, with significant lacing throughout.
S- sweet, caramel and bready but unlike most ESBs I also get some hops in the nose here.
T- sweet, toffee, slight toasted malt and caramel. All this comes in a creamy package (mostly from texture) and toward the end you get just the slightest bit of hop bitterness to keep it extremely balanced. Very tasty!
M- low natural carbonation gives it an extreamly creamy, smooth and fuller mouthfeel.
O- great interpretation of a lesser done style (at least in the states) that stays true to its English roots yet had a subtle yet satisfying hop profile.

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3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i think without question this is the best esb in colorado, maybe beyond. its ideal from the beer engine, creamy and frothy and anything but subtle, but also fine from a normal tap, just a perfectly built example of the style. looks the part, cloudy and fluffy and pale but lively. the nose is where it breaks tradition. its showing a ton of hops, far more than is usually called for in the style, and it seems like new world hops, not the less pungent euro varietals. this is in my face from first sniff. the flavor too presents all this hop action right up front, a heavy dry hopping i must imagine, made creamy and lasting by the cask set up, and really bright with this new layer the style has always begged for in my mind but so rarely received. the base esb aside from the hop profile is also excellent, but the hops make it special. so fresh and satisfying, i could drink ten of these, and might return to hogshead this weekend to do just that.

edit: this is positively epic in a bourbon barrel. oh my goodness!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From growler. Pour is dark ruby red with no head. Nose is faint, green apple skin, light caramel malt, and some dark berry sweetness. Taste has more malt presence, chewy feel, a bit of nuttiness and some sweet caramel. Hints of green apple skin and a touch of plum. Very light carbonation, crisp finish.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had several pints of this beer at the Lucky Pie in LoDo (Denver) during the BA social at the bar/restaurant Feb 22, 2014. Review from notes taken while sampling my first glass.

Dark, golden copper colored body with a thin head. Not much aroma, just an extremely faint malt scent. The taste is rich and buttery; toffee and peanut brittle; nutty. Medium bodied; velvety smooth.

Topnotch taste and feel are the highlights and definitely exudes the malt character. Big bodied and viscous. A malty pleasure.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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Chin Wag from Hogshead Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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