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Fort Garry Big Bison ESB
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Brewed by Fort Garry/Two Rivers (Russell)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Winnipeg, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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With a nod to the big bison that roam our Manitoba plains, Fort Garry Brewing introduces Big Bison ESB --a medium full-bodied English Extra Special Bitter. Brewed with English Maris Otter Pale, 2 row dark crystal malts and English Golding hops, this ESB is expertly crafted to balance the richness of the malts with 45 IBU’s of bitterness from 3 hop additions. The result is a wonderfully malty ale with a slight bitter finish.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarryBeast (536) - - JUN 27, 2014
On tap @GarricksHeadPub. Had this awhile back and almost forget how I felt about it. It had a decent English pub quality about it, subtle hopping, good balance but I recall little that distinguished it otherwise.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (609) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
Poured from 650mL bottle. Clear, golden yellow with slight amber hue, white head. Sweet bready malt aroma. Flavour has the same sweet bready malt with some mild hops and caramel malt. Pretty good balance. Medium body, medium dryness throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1996) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottled sample. Clear pale copper in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of floral English hops, orange marmalade, biscuity pale malt, and faint fruity caramels. The malts taste more toasted than they smell, and are backed by some fairly strong earthy/grassy hops, minerals, and a hint of sweet orange. Lighter bodied and more bitter than expected. Perhaps a bit hollow on the palate, but still quite good overall. The best of the Brewmaster Series so far.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
houblonchien (89) - CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
The hops add a pleasant bite. Balance of malt and hops is good. Pours with a nice head. Nose is faint but has a citrus, grassy tone. This is a brew that offers a refreshing, bold taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (511) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Light amber body, thick pillowy white head with good retention. Light but pleasant aromas of bread and malt. Nicely bitter flavour, malty, biscuity and lightly hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamflower (597) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Could have used more bitterness, I guess I’m starting to prefer IPAs to bitters but I did appreciate the great deal of refreshment this gave me. Tasty, and true to style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2307) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
Slight sweet malt even vanilla aroma. Light amber body white lasting head. Taste is nicely bitter with a sweet malt element. Not a bad esb.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1844) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
A solid ESB. Pours an attractive dark golden with piles and piles of white fluffy head. Aromas aren’t much. Pretty malty and bready. Flavors are nice and hoppy... more so than the average ESB. Nice full mouth feel. Very well balanced. Good stuff!


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