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Brewed by Sea Level Brewing
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Port Williams, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1299) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pour is hazy copper with large beige rocky head. Aroma is quite nice; citrus hops with a malt backbone. very clean smell with notes of orange and maybe a touch of metal. Flavor is slight acidic malt with a nice hoopy finish. the lingering flavors are honey, malt, orange, and faint hop resin. Nice beer, better than expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2008
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1106) - Canadiana, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 1L growler. Rich frothy head havig auburn colour. really hoppy on the nose, nice citrus notes and fresh pine cones, it also has a sort of creamy, frothy essence., it is fairly bitter on the palate with pine cones and an almost citrus notes. very nice stuff. one of my favorites in the province. Especially considering it is supposed to be an ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6737) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2010
bottle, courtesy of OKBeer. Pours a hazy dark orange with an orange-tinted finely bubble head that retains very well. Sweet sticky toffee aroma, notes of orange and pine. Sweet toasty toffee malts married to bright citrusy and coniferous hops. Finish is soundly bitter, marred slightly by a band-aid note that creeps in late. A lovely bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
500ml bottle. Amber pour with very little head, some lacing. Aroma definitely points to dry hopsing. Taste is dominated by the dry hops, some caramel and tart fruit undertones. Palate was disappointingly thin. Overall, quite good apart from the palate, but it tasted more like an American Pale (but a very good one) than an ESB, likely due to the dry hops process.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (947) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2010
650ml bottle. Pours a deep clear amber with light tan head. Big citrusy hops on the nose with a solid caramel underbelly. A little confused on the palate and lighter bodied than expected. Caramel sweetness up front but the hops and bitterness kick in on the mid-palate and flow through the finish nicely.


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