811: Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB

811 - Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESBName: Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus
Brewery: Rock Art Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Morrisville, Vermont
Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.0%
First Brewed: 2006
Price: $4.99

Tasting Notes
Poured into a pint glass, the lightly orange/amber body creates a generous head of foam with a firm, enticing aroma of citrus. Some sweet, biscuitlike malt arrives on the palate first, but this is quickly swamped by pinelike hop notes. The finish is smooth and dry.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I have had a few beers from Rock Art, but nothing I can remember. Actually, I take that back. I shared a bottle of their imperial stout the other night. I was drunk when I drank it, but I remember it having an almost metallic flavor. Anyway, that is the last Rock Art beer I remember. I do like their logo, though. Reminds me of the west. It also makes me think of Dave Matthews Band for some reason. Anyway, I just got done running 3 miles, so this beer better deliver!

In the Glass: This is a lot cloudier than I expected. I don’t generally like this style, but the ones I have had, I didn’t care for. I expect them to be more bitter. You know, hence the name. The beer did produce a really nice head, and even a few minutes after pouring, it still sits proud on top of the beer. Not much lace, but I am still enamored with the head. You could sit a quarter on this pillow of suds!

Nose: Imagine taking a pine cone and soaking it in a pale ale. Then smell that. Bingo. That is exactly what this smells like. TONS of pine, which make me think of hops, and a nice earthy finish. I hope that transfers over into the flavor, because this smells great. I close my eyes and imagine sitting by a campfire in the middle of the woods… not like I would do that, of course! Let’s drink!

Oh, and before I forget, there is a funny quote on the label. It says, “This Ain’t For No Mama’s Boy of Daddy’s Girl”. Cute.

Flavor: I just took a drink, and had to look in the glass to make sure I wasn’t drinking water. There was practically nothing on this at first. Then, toward the back of the palate, a few hoppy flavors show up, and you can taste the bitterness. This beer comes in at 80 IBU. The finish is smooth, leaving nothing to look forward to. I do, however, like the aftertaste. But that’s about it. Here… let me take another sip. Same experience. Not much going on.

Mouthfeel: What mouthfeel? Unless you swish this around in your mouth, you wouldn’t even know you were drinking beer. There is no carbonation, and it literally drinks like water. Not impressed at all. This style just isn’t for me.

Aftertaste: This is the only place where flavor comes in. Remember that pine cone I was talking about? The aftertaste leaves a thin layer of piney goodness for you to suck on, but that’s it. The finish is also drying, and the more times I swallow, the dryer the flavor becomes. Not sure what it is about this style, but it feels like an IPA gone bad. These are hoppier than a pale, but not quite an IPA.

Sorry Rock Art, but I won’t be buying anything from you anytime soon. I almost wonder why this beer made the list. Some might like this style, but I ain’t one of them! (I used ain’t twice in this blog post.) The best thing about this beer is the name. Might be the longest beer name out there.

Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus – The bottle says: “The first in our Extreme series of beers, hopped with Magnum, and Tomahawk for a truly aggressive hop party! The dominant Tomahawk hop is tamed a bit from the caramel malt body. Enjoy this along for its hops or pair it easily with spicy ethnic foods such as Chorizo and Chiles Rellenos, Habenero Cheddar with a side of salsa and guacamole. For dessert, drizzle Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus over a fresh handmade vanilla bean ice cream, a taste transformation which you gave to try. Enjoy, Matt

Rating: 1.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Well, one thing I am not excited about for this beer is the number of calories in it… 240 calories in a 12-ounce serving!  That’s a little much for me… or maybe it’s because it’s a bomber, so we are drinking bigger servings of it today.  I don’t know.  Let’s hope it’s worth it.

The beer looks kind of like a hefeweizen or wheat beer in the glass.  I’m not sure if that’s what it is or not, but that is what it looks like.  It had a LOT of head when Ricky poured it out.  The head has now dissipated quite a bit, and doesn’t leave much lace in the glass.  The beer is very thick – you can’t see through the glass at all.  The color is kind of a dark orange color.  The aroma is very spicy… that’s what I get a lot of when I take a whiff – spices.  Time to find out how it tastes.

Well, it’s definitely not a hefeweizen – there are too many hops in there for that.  It almost tastes like an IPA, but Ricky just told me that it’s actually an ESB.  The mouthfeel is not as thick as it looks in the glass, at least on the first sip.  It does have a lot of spiciness to it like I picked up in the aroma, but there’s not much flavor aside from the spice and hops.  While the beer itself doesn’t taste thick, the flavor really hits your tongue like it is.  It’s got an aftertaste that lingers for quite a while, but it’s not an aftertaste I really like.  This one’s not one of my faves – it’s too much like an IPA to me, and it just tastes too bitter.  I’m not a huge fan, and probably wouldn’t buy this one again.

Rating: 2/5

810 bottles of beer on the wall…

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