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Clocktower Wisharts Bitter

Brewed by Clocktower Brewpub
Style: Bitter
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in English pint


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Traditional English-style esb, copper-coloured & extremely drinkable; floral hop aromas supported by a malty profile to balance this classic style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2501) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
A special one-off that is unfiltered with lots of hops and yeast floating all around. Amber colour with a frothy warm cap and good retention. Probably the biggest head and longest lasting I have had at this brewpub. Sweet honey and fruity malt nose with a bit of grassy hops. Wet mouthfeel and medium-bodied. Not as hoppy as expected, but a nice consistent dry bitterness. Decent fruity malts with hints of burnt notes and nuts. A pretty good experiment with one of their classic brews and adding Cascade hops for those who prefer hoppier beers.
Earlier Rating: 11/2/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Use to have this one on cask back in the day, but had it recently on draft. Pours a clean amber colour with a small off-white head and decent lacing. The nose was fresh and nicely hoppy. Great crisp mouthfeel with a hoppy taste and grainy aftertaste. Nicely balanced between the hop and the malt (which give it a little burnt grain to it). I really like this one as it is a nice bitter and great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4784) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Decent bitter. Pours orange with ok head and lacing. Crisp malt aroma with some hops in finish to give it a taste of bitterness. Not much more going on here otherwise. Well_balanced British session ale though. Tap at Burden brewpub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2013
Dégustée en fût sur place (Bank St) sous le nom de "Clocktower Wisharts ESB". De couleur dorée-orangée et claire. Nez de grains de malt légèrement sucrés, léger de houblon herbeux aux notes florales avec des notes de pain et de levures fruitées (agrumes). Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture légèrement huileuse. Léger goût de levures fruitées (agrumes) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de malt pâle frais et légèrement sucrés avec des notes de pain puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume asséchante de houblon herbeux aux notes florales. Post-goût moyen et aux notes sèches, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux aux notes florales avec des notes de grains et quelques traces fruitées (zeste d’agrumes). (5 avril 2013)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2012
On tap at the Bank St. brewpub. Moderate perfume hoppiness with honey malt. Balanced overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BreWedge (356) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
On tap @ Clocktower Pub Ottawa. Pours a nice coppery amber with an off-white head. Aroma was a roasty malt. Taste was both sweet (caramel/toffee) and bitter but the sweet was dominant. Some grainy malt taste with a chewy mouthfeel and an astringent medium bitter finish. Decent ESB but not top shelf. Definitely prefer an ESB with less sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1604) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2012
En fût au Clocktower. Couleur ambrée pâle, mousse blanche. Arôme de malt, en bouche malt caramel, houblon. Finale pas très amère et un peu sucrée. Bonne mais je m’attandais à plus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
worldbeertaste (1709) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
Fruity, caramel malt with nut smell. Light amber red with a thin white head. light body with soft carbonation. Sweet caramel start, toffee, grain and rye witha bitter stong alcohol finish and a citrus aftertaste. I found the aftertaste offputting and overall I nursed it a bit.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mnurda (1177) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
On tap at bank street location. Not the best nose. No hoppy taste like I was expecting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Nice clear copper amber with a decent white head that laces the glass. Aroma has some good toasty caramalts and burnt toffee, with minor hop presence in background. Flavour is very good, same burnt toffee upfront, orange ester playing a significant background role, and rounding out with some minor hop flavour. Residual sweetness and malt afternotes. Very enjoyable, I could drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
In short: A grainy toasted amber ale with some leafy hops. Decent beer.
How: Tap at brewpub, Bank street location
The look: Mostly clear orange-copper body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose has some timid leafy hops over some toasted cereals. Taste packs a lot of grainy toasted cereals (more than a true British bitter is supposed to), dry crusty bread, a bit of crunchy caramel, notes of plain cookies, light notes of tree bark and modest a amount of leafy hops. Bitterness level is low. I would not call it refreshing but the beer doesn’t feel sweet and remains quite drinkable. Not exciting but not bad at all, actually a lot better than what I expected considering the reputation of this brewpub. It’s still pretty pathetic that Clocktower is the best (and only) brewpub that our Canada national capital has to offer. So anyway the brewpub is called Clocktower and they do have a clock tower over the pub. I was the big hand pointing to a number and the little hand pointing to another number, that means it was time for a beer.

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