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Bowen Island English Special Bitter

Brewed by Kamloops Brewery
Style: Bitter
Kamloops, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1937) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
473 ml can rebranded(?) as Snug Cove ESB. Clear medium copper, fine lasting tan foam. Light roast caramel malt aroma. Taste is sweet deeper toasted caramel malt nicely balanced with earthy dirtier hops. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. One of KB’s better efforts. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
Can labelled "Snug Cove ESB". Nice dark brown pour with a foamy off white head. Lovely flavours of roasted malts, grains, and a toasted nuttiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
473ml can, as Snug Cove ESB. Dark orangey brown colour, clear, with white foam. Good lacing. Nose has toasty malt, caramel and raisiny fruit. Taste has caramel, fruity notes, bit of hops. A decent beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (5686) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
473ml can pours a deep amber color with a finger of white head that leaves only spotty lacing behind. Aroma is grassy with roasted notes and hints of citrus. Taste is a roasted grain and grassy hop bitterness with a citrus and malty sweetness. Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Overall, a nicely done bitter which was surprisingly enjoyable. I tried this one as Snug Cove ESB, so placing review here guessing recipe is still the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
This pours with a frothy tan, fast vanishing head of perhaps two fingers thickness, and a DARK copper body. The aroma is malt, moderately so. The taste was much the same, again with the malt. Mouthfeel and aftertaste were...nondescript.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
As a previous reviewer noted, this beer has been "somewhat forgotten," and often languishes on shelves. However, the Bowen Island Bitter happens to be one of the better bottled BC brews. The roasted malt flavors are reminiscent of toasted dandelion root. It’s a balanced beer with a decent body. The mouthfeel is soft. Best served not too cold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
A somewhat forgotten beer in the BC scene, having languished for years under the indifferent ownership of Big Rock. Slight golden hint to an otherwise unattractive dull brown colour. The aroma is earthy, caramelly and not much else. Thankfully, the flavour delivers quite a bit more. It’s predominantly earthy, woody hops, caramel and toasty malts and the subtle, almost indefinable complexity a true English bitter should have, in the form of robust earthy notes (that remind me of Black Sheep’s yeast) and random fruity hints. It’s a bit robust and toasty for something you’d find on cask in England, and seems clearly modelled more on the stronger bottled English bitters that get sent across the Atlantic. Still, it’s gratifying to see that the new owners retained this brand (and Black Bear) because it’s pretty good...if only they’d get the aroma and appearance up to the level of the flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
12 oz. bottle, delivered by my Canadian housesitter. Pours deep copper brown with a large beige head that diminishes leisurely leaving some lacing. Aroma of toasty malts, with a hint of earth and prominent floral and herbal hops. Flavor is classic bitter, toasty, a bit dusty in character with more of the aforementioned floral and herbal hoppiness giving way to a lingering bitterness with a bit of wet cardboard - this may be getting a bit on the old side. Light to mediium body with crisp carbonation. Pretty good and actually better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (6786) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle. Light chestnut eggshell, big foamy head, big bubbles. Nutty, light roasty and fruity malt, good kick of green hops, bitter/dry finish. Medium to light body, good chewyness. IPAish bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bowen Island Special Bitter (Bottle): Pours a dark copper with a medium off white foamy head that keeps it’s shape well with modest lacing. Aroma was appetizing. Sweet caramel with a fruity hop smell. Flavour starts great, nice understated earthy malt sweetness being overtaken by a growing bitterness. The finish was a bit flat for me with a lingering sourness. Very enjoyable, excellent Canadian Bitter.

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