Chin Wag | Hogshead Brewery

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dry hopped with simcoe.

Pours a murky brown at first, then clears up with a hazelnut hue. Creamy head, waterfall. Looks great

Aroma is a touch piney with heavy malt backbone. Rich.

Flavors are a bit muddled with the dry hopped simcoe addition. While this is tasty, I think it becomes less of an ESB. Malt backbone is toned down a bit, but I'd like to see more of it. Caramel and biscuit sweetness.

Bites. Hops change this beer. Still very good, though

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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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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3.89/5  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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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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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery. Dark chestnut color. Smells nice and malty. Taste is very good, chewy malts, caramel, nuts. Really surprising beer and something I would order again without hesitation. I don't see too many ESB's around and when I do they are unimpressive. This was very flavorful and just a real solid beer. MOAR!

Update had this on cask dry-hopped with Simcoes, intoxicating.

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