Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliant orange-brown colour. Aroma of fresh crystal malt, toast, demerara sugar, earthy hops, whiffs of cigar smoke and olive oil...shall I continue? Toasty palate, with breadcrust, light demerara, woody/mushroomy/earthy hops. Moderate bitterness. Very well balanced, just gorgeous stuff.
GregClow (2819) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of tuqueboy - thanks, Josh! A very fresh bottle, received by Josh from the brewery just a few days before he passed it on to me. Dark and clear amber-orange with a nice and creamy head. Both aroma and flavour have a great balance of malt that is both sweet (esp. toffee) and bready, and zingy, slightly citric hops. Hops build nicely as it warms, almost pushing into IPA land by the time I finish the bottle. Fine stuff indeed, very solid and sessionable.
Beershine (5196) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber with spleididly creamy beige head. Another one with grain aromas so fresh it leaps from the glass and bursts with barley. Soft creamy sublime mouthfeel. Incredibly fresh! Great balance, great roasted subtlety. Gorgeous.
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber beer with a thin white head. Sort of rocky/chunky in appearance. Fairly spicy hop nose over some biscuity/caramelly malts. Nice sweetness with a bit of orange peel flavour and a lingering hoppy finish. A bit of resinousness on the back. It’s quite a lovely ESB.
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-07-23. Amber body with a foamy creamy beige head. (3+) Aroma of dry malt, tart tangy notes. Flavour is predominantly dry malt with a modest generic bitterness, citric tangy bitterness. Average to thin palate. The foamy head and rumblings about the bottles not keeping well make me suspect this is drier than intended but its still quaffable, albeit a bit dull. Bottle from OKBeer
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2325-20090723] 650mL bottle. Tart hoppy citrus rind aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a long-lasting very foamy off-white head and very thick lacing. Thick hoppy tart citrus flavour. Medium body. Good.
(w/ jerc, other)
Spab (2143) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Port. Pours a clear orange gold with small near-white head. Nice eartly hop aroma balanced with grainy malts. Taste follows suit and yields a nice bitter finish. Nice.
Gethinbeer (2073) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Port Pub. Great appearance. Decent crisp head. Seems highly hopped for an ESB, but the beer is just perfectly balanced. Hops, citrus fruit and it has a great bitterness. Great quality beer.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Port Pub, sampled 10/4/08. Red/brown/amber colour with a fully lasting frothy tan head. Earthy, bready, fruity, citrus, and lightyl woody and piny aroma. Earthy and bready malts with a long lingering earthy, woody, piny, and citrusy bitter finish. Medium bodied, firm and even a bit chewy mouthfeel. Stunningly well made and possibly the best bitter/ESB I’ve ever had.
As an add-on, a couple of samples from the bottle have made my opinion of this beer soar even higher. While I expected the bottles might not live up to the pub sampling, my experience has been the opposite. The numbers above reflect my pub rating, but this may well be the best beer made in this province right now.