reebtogi (3262) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A couple of samples at VCBW 2012 pours a light brown color with a small white head that leaves some nice thin lacing. Aroma is light floral hops and mild caramel. Taste is a pleasant hop bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness. Light to medium body with good carbonation leaving a nice tickle on the tongue. Overall, an enjoyable bitter with a nice balance of flavors.
fullers (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Big River Brewpub. Pours dark amber with medium off white head. Sweet and roasted notes in aroma. Medium bodied. Hop flavour leading to lasting bitterness. A little disappointed. I had wanted to like this beer more than I did.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Extra Special Bitter
Date: September 06, 2009
Appearance: clear copper, fine dirty white head, sheets of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, nice woodsy and earthy hop aroma, touch of citrus
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots if earthyness for balance, light bitter finish, touch of husky astrengency
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Always tastes like more sometimes too many more)! Goes well with most any food (well, at least any pub food at the Big River)and also by itself.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the Big River Brewpub south of Vancouver, BC. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a creamy white head that has a nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, some dry grassy hops and a hint of toffee. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of dry caramel malt, some roasted nuts and mild grassy hops. Finish is slightly dry with a mild bitter aftertaste that quickly disappears.
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub
Amber color, creamy head. The aroma has quite good hops, fruity, mild. Good toffee flavor, medium body structure, strong hopping, well aromatic, oily, a bit fruity and resiny too. Long final, in which the nutty bitterness rises. Finally, a beer in this pub showing some good hops.
Beershine (5173) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent, one of the best brews from Big River. Tried this one at a beer festival and would like to visit the pub and have one there. I will update my notes when I do. At the festival I wrote down that the Big River ESB is strong in both malt and hop arenas, thus creating a lovely taste sensation that is balanced through and through. I’d like for more local brewpubs to make good ESB.
CapFlu (4010) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Sampled on November 23rd, 2006 at the brewpub. Thin white foamy head with a deep orange body. Great full aroma and a ctirus hoppy nose. More like an EPA? Same English malt base with a very smooth texture. Low pressure creamer tap pours a lovely head and texture. A VERY drinkable ale and due for higher ratings!
sitronbus (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent ESB. Clear dark amber ale. Good lacing. Medium bodied. Lovely crystal malt taste with citrus hops. Citrus nose.
Hanratty (36) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper, amber - orange; rocky white head. Great hoppy nose . Fruity & bitter. Lovely citrus notes with buttescotch & grapefuit. Wow! And there is a bowling alley with hosers right over there!