Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Toronto location. Pours a slightly darker color than the orginal, with a thin foamy head. Aroma is a bit more earhty and tea like with the hops and a bit more toasty caramel as well. Flavor is more malts, crystal, deep toast and some honey with a earthy and floral hop character- a bit more body but not as easy drinking as the best bitter. I liked the BB a little better, but this is a nice ESB overall.
Spab (3380) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Toronto brewpub. Pours a dark amber with average-sized, foamy off-white head; good lacing. Aroma is strong on the hops but with solid malt backbone. Dry hops dominate the flavour giving the beer a very dry bitter finish. Some toasty malt flavour too. Pleasant.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt and mild hops. Interesting flavor of caramel, toasted malt and mild hops, there is some mild bitterness in the end. The body is light with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation.
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ brewpub, Toronto. Dark amber red with light off-white/cream-colored head and great lacing. Sweet nutty aroma with nice maltiness predominant. Woodsy and rootsy--nice. Perfect mouthfeel. Quaffable. Relatively complex array of flavors. has some licorice root, some roasted dandelion root, ending in absolute moreish bitterness. Delightful and gorgeous.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The dry-hopped version of the best bitter. Hoppier, but less easy to drink.
Keeps more or less the same authenticity in the malt profile than the best bitter.
Its fresh hops bouquet does not provide much. We’re simply getting further away from Britain, it’s sharper without feeling fresher and even becomes a bit less easy to drink in my mind. More intense, but it becomes harder to capt the toasty nuances from the malts.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask sample at the Victory - poured a murky but bright plum colour with a small off-white head. Really nice looker. Aromas of citrusy hops and dark fruits, but nothing overpowering - incredibly well-balanced and enticing on the nose. Flavour is wonderfully refreshing, with fruit black tea, and definitely moreish. Good bitter punch in the finish, and the dry-hopping is a step up from their regular (still very good) bitter. A wonderful beer - one I would get regularly if more widely available.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
on cask at the toronto brewery location. amber with and small tan head. hoppy nose but a lack of malts is a little dissapointing. flavours are hoppy citrus but a lack of malt structure lets you down. with some biscut maltiness this could be really good. a fair offering id have again.
Blasphemies (45) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice coppy colour. Aroma a bit hoppy. Light carbonation, served at a nice temperature. Surprised at how much fruity citrus flavor was in it with the bitter. very enjoyable. Not sure if I like this one better than the regular best bitter at the granite, both are very good.
DerWeg (1593) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FIRKIN CASK at Bar Volo. Hazy orange, pond-like appearance. Comes at the taste buds with a celluloid, spicy attack that must be the hops, very unusual, and the finish is primarily of bitter hops. The middle and body is fruity and smooth, not cloying. Pretty beer!
garthicus (2908) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Granite brewery. Big bubbly head, golden copper body, a sharp bitter aroma with a dry-fruity flavour and a bitter finish, very nice offering