Cambridge House DSB (Double Extra Special Bitter) | The Cambridge House Brewpub

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The Cambridge House Brewpub
Connecticut, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by goodbyeohio on 08-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of jeffthecheff
2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is like a brown ale, with great head and great lacing. Thanks, bartender for knowing how to pour a perfect pint, er...half pint in this case.

Aroma is loaded with heavy, sweet caramel malt. Some alcohol heat. Hops are not present in the aroma at all.

In the taste, hops play a big role, mainly in bitterness. This is a very bitter brew, with an extreme amount of malt flavor with it. Think of a scotch ale with a lot of bitterness and you have the double ESB. Some alcohol burn, some caramelized brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is very thick, almost like a syrup. I like the malt flavor but this is too heavy for me. So bitter and heavy, your beginner beer drinker would hate it. For me, it's just not doing it.

Drinkability is okay, as long as this is treated as a sipper. I got the half pint but wouldn't really want another.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one departs the growler a solid brown color with orange highlites. It is like a dark tea. The first glass I had a few days ago had a nice finger of head, but this one has been open for a little bit, so that is no longer there. The head was a nice ivory color. The clarity is moderate, and there was a moderate cascade of bubbles in the first glasses I had. The aroma of this one is solid sugary caramel sweet, with a nice citrusy and light earthy hop. It has a very solid brown sugar sweetness as well. Lots of residual sugars. The flavor is right there with the aroma, giving big solid caramel and brown sugar sweetness, but with a light roast and chocolateynes. I like it. There is a moderate sweet citrusy hop as well as a light earthy hop. This is a tasty brew. Feel is thick, and initially it had a solid moderate carbonation that broke it up a bit. Overall, this is a nice brew. It has a really nice residual sweetness that adds a candy-like quality without being cloying. There is just enough hop in there to break it up. It is nice and chewy. Definately a winner here. Don and Jim you both rule.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler, brewed to commemorate their 100th batch. Pours from the growler into my tulip glass a deep reddish brown with a creamy light tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind. Aromas begin with sweet, fruity dark malts. Lots of caramel, cocoa tones and a light nuttiness. Hops are quite prominent with a slight grapefruit flare and resinous, floral herbal goodness. Quite a wonderful aroma on this one.

First sip brings a solid maltiness upfront with a mix of caramel, toastiness, cocoa, roasted nuts and more. Slightly sweet with a bit of an earthy undercurrent. A solid herbal hoppy bitterness on the way down really brings it together. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in this tasty, well balanced brew. Cheers on 100 batches of beer!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth maltiness that makes it suprisingly easy to drink. This is my first brew from Cambridge House and I'm quite impressed with this tasty, well balanced treat. I'll be looking forward to checking this place out for myself one of these days. Thanks go out to goodbyeohio for sending this one my way!

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Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a clear, darker brownish-amber color. There was lery little head on it. The aroma was a bit weaker than I expected, but still quite nice. Some spicy and floral notes, as well as caramel and some roastiness and a hint of nutiness. The taste is quite good also. It is more medium bodied than I expected, I thought it would be a touch heavier. Also, the alcohol is not evident at all in this beer. The taste is extremely well balanced. Some caramel malts, roastiness, nuttiness, bitterness, and maybe even some smokiness to it. Another incredibly well balanced brew from Steve.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this DSB, as they called it, arrived a cherrywood brown with a very thin tan head, too dark to note any carbonation

S - wow, what a nose, a great complex blend of roasted nut flavors, underlying but poignant hoppiness and if i am not mistaken a slight fruit kick, maybe cherry esters

T - taste was a more of the same with a surprise addition of a chocolate flavor, mixed in with the roasted/hoppy flavor, the fruity esters are no longer discernible, but the chocolate flavor is unmistakable, not strong but distinct, very good and complex, up to CBH's high quality standards, they did it again

M&D - smooth and bitter, a marvelous balance, great body and flavor consistency and distinction, a great brew, the only caveat is lighter drinkers may not be able to handle the extra ABV

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.090 (1.080?) OG, 8.7%, 100% English ingredients..

Cambridge House Batch #100

pours slightly hazy and ruby-tinged, it's presented with one solid finger of creamy foam that melts slowly to a misty cloud pool. rigid, mountainous lacing.. evokes images of old nick and other english barleywine-style ales.

brown sugar and maple sap aroma, peppered with a speck of fresh noble hops. sweet, vegetal notes, like the fleshy meat of a sugar pumpkin, emerge with warmth. cozy aroma albeit a little on the sickly sweet side.

thankfully, the bite isn't as bad as this beer's bark. sipping evokes more earthy, bitter tones. starts on the tongue with a hoppy, perhaps alcohol-infused, buzzy sting... continues over the palate with rich, burnt, delicately smoky malts and finishes with that famous UK dirty yeast, grass roots and rocks flavor. not the most smoothly attenuated beer but dangerously drinkable nonetheless.. the alcohol is a physical presence but doesn't overwhelm the beer here.

for 9%, this is a super-easy drinker, and 10 oz. are gone in <10 mins. a good example of the style and leaps and bounds ahead of beers like seriously bad elf. still, hard to put a finger on. unique and commendable. another step forward for cambridge house.. cheers!

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Cambridge House DSB (Double Extra Special Bitter) from The Cambridge House Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 6 ratings