Double ESB Endless Skyway Bitter | Black Mesa Brewing Co.

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Double ESB  Endless Skyway BitterDouble ESB  Endless Skyway Bitter

Brewed by:
Black Mesa Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by russpowell on 01-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by russpowell:
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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Contract Brewed by O'Fallon as Tornado Relief fund-raiser. Wax seal was a pain to get off

Pours an effervescent orange/copper with a pinky of cream colored head. Decent lacing & above average head retention

S: Plums & cakeyness, some brown sugar, booze, really opens up as this warms

T: Follows the nose, a little brown sugar & woody hops as well up front. Dryness & boozeyness, plus marmalade as this warms, more plums & oaky notes, & some toffee & leafy hops. Finishes figgy with some dryness/oakyness, & brown sugar & a kiss of booze

MF: Fairly assertive carbonation with medium body

Fairly complex, a sipper. This one was pricey, but for a good cause I suppose. I've had a couple of their beers on draft, this far better than the blonde or ESB. Better than I thought it would be

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Photo of mctizzz
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Never heard of this but got it as an extra today. Label doesn't say give much, but it's def a ESB aged in Cognac barrels. Sounds weird, I'm down. Smells like a small but malty aged in a cognac barrel, with a bit extra cognac barrel. Taste is the same. Can't complain, this delivered exactly what was advertised, but does an cognac aged ESB ever have to be brewed again? Nope

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Photo of acurtis
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MartzMimic
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thick cloudy brown from the bottle with nearly no head. Strong aroma of dark candied fruit and molasses. Very boozy taste, with prunes and dark cherries. The cognac is strong with this one. Fairly thick mouth. This is OK, but not nearly as good as their non-BA Double ESB.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who says that there's no creativity left in beer? Certainly not the capable brewers at Black Mesa as they embark upon a classic British ESB recipe, and then double it, and then let it take a nice long seven-month slumber in spicy cognac barrels. What emerges is an ale of legendary flavor and spice.

Endless Skyway Bitter layers patiently into the glass with a deep mahogany pour and a slowly simmering cask-like creme to swirl at the rim. Its rich aromatics are deep, earthy and sweetly with toffee, chocolate, boozy pecan and dried pitted fruit. And much of that carries over to taste while praline sweetness, figgy jam and toasted biscuit malt aligns on the tongue.

Through the center, the sweetness simmers on the tastebuds while more specific fruit flavors pull forth- date, fig, plum, prune, grape, apple, apricot and stewn peach offer a deep and earthen marmalade character. As over-cooked caramels and toffee slide more deeply into taste, its finish of spicy fortified wine, light tartness and fresh fruity tobacco continue to deliver complexity with each and every sip.

Acting like barleywine-light, the beer's full but not quite viscous character retains a memory of the classic ESB underneath all that boozy armor. Finishing savory, sweet and with a breath sherrywine, its oxidized umami taste precedes the brunt of alcohol spice while traces of maple and pecan follow in deep port-like aftertaste.

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Photo of gruss004
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gobzilla
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of blandmath
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonbashaw
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DelMontiac
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared this 22oz bottle between friends at the cave de Hank in Crown and Rose English Pub nonic glasses. Cap is sealed and "righteously" secured to the bottle with some very nice looking thick white "super wax." I've never encountered bottle wax this thick nor this tough. Not a snow balls chance in hell would these caps ever leak. Our ceremonious opening of this first time one off tornado relief fund raiser brew turned into a quest for beer. The cave always provides any necessary means though, this time in the form of a utility knife. Note: This beer was brewed in partnership at the O'Fallon brewery in Missouri since the Black Mesa brewery was destroyed in the tornado that struck OKC May 31st, 2013.

I love the color of this beer - a hazed glowing orange/copper when struck by sunlight through the windows of the media room. Topped by off a thin-ish layer of white bubbles makes me wonder - what exactly is an Endless Skyway Bitter anyway? Lace was found to be a bit scant.

This beer's aroma reminds me of hot sweet honey-buttered bread, apple crisp, and vanilla. You know it's gonna big malt, but I get some booze here too.

Flavors similar to aroma - buttery pecan toffee, sweet donut dough, warm apple butter cake and a little peppery hop to counter. I can taste the alcohol, but it does not taste like 9.6%. Halfway through the glass, I can definitely feel it though. Flavors intensify upon warming. Well done.

It's a silky medium body with ample, but not disruptive carbonation. It's on the dry side of course, but this does not detract from the experience at all - it's an enhancement.

I've always liked ESBs. This one, however, is different. It's one I won't forget easily.
Great job on this beer. Hope to see Black Mesa get back on track and help fortify the Oklahoma craft beer scene. Cheers, y'all.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Realbeerguy
2.18/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: hazy amber/copper, 1 finger head that quickly subsides
S: biscuit, earthy hops, fruity esters, crystal and toffee malts
T: follows the nose. not a lot of subtely here...pretty big rich flavors that don't entirely cohere
M: pretty heavy for the style, felt like a higher abv.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of sneezye
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

people dont buy esb bottles, its just one of those overlooked styles in the states, people like them, but not enough to buy. perhaps an americanized double version of the classic style will turn some heads. well, maybe it already has, apparently this won a medal recently, and deserves some hype. a yeasty looking brass colored beer, clearish aside from the sediment, a frothy headed, tan and lasting. not much of a nose, sweet english malt is all really, and some toffee in the finish, but little else. the flavor has honey sweetness reacting with robust english ale yeast, a high gravity strain, but not high enough, as there is some serious residual sugar here, balancing hops help it out a lot though, and for such a strong beer, i find myself drinking it rather effortlessly. not super complex, but a good mix of fresh english malt and all kinds of yeast elements. full bodied but still drinkable, invisible alcohol strength, and overall a beer i would finally buy if it was available here. esb needs a face lift as a style in the american craft market, and its beers like this that are taking it where it needs to go. i like it more as a service to the style than a beer for me, but thats important too.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Decker
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Double ESB Endless Skyway Bitter from Black Mesa Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 32 ratings