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Beer Available At Cole’s (arranged by most recent)
Goose Island Sofie Paradisi 98, Long Trail Brown Bag Series #2 Bavarian Smoked Brown 56, Ballast Point Abandon Ship Smoked Lager 89, Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin 88, Community Beer Works First Anniversary Double IPA , Community Beer Works First Anniversary Porter , Community Beer Works Four Spacious Skies , Ommegang Iron Throne 95, Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL 94, Firestone Walker Pale 31 92, Samuel Adams Chocolate Squirrel 42, Victory Ranch (Cascade) 94, Lake Placid Nippletop Milk Stout 59, Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale 93, Stillwater Existent 95, St. Bernardus Pater 6 96, Duvel Green/Draught/Single Fermentation 91, Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye 65, Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale 77, Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner 85
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ontbeermaker (157) Ontario | December 18, 2010| Updated January 3, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice bar. Man was alittle slow serving us, but it was busy, he did a good job of pouring our pints. Lots of beers to choose from. Recommend a trip here for any beer lover.
cratez (151) Toronto, Ontario | April 19, 2011| Updated January 3, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cole’s is a must-visit beer destination in Elmwood Village. It has an awesome Cheers-style ambience with a large, busy bar adjacent to some wooden tables and booths and a bright, open dining room. When we first came on a Sunday afternoon, we were seated with a bunch of college kids who seemed to be grabbing their hangover breakfasts. The atmosphere was quite loud, almost raucous, but we rolled with the punches and ended up having a great time. Second visit was much more laid back, we sat at the bar and received quick, affable service from a middle-aged man who knew a lot about the brews he was pouring.
Beer selection is 35 taps and a massive 100+ bottle list of mostly U.S. micros. Over two days I had Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale, Bear Republic Old Scouters Barley Wine, and Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black I.P.A. on draught and Green Flash West Coast IPA in the bottle. The bartender also gave me a small sample of Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout.
Unfortunately the food was mediocre: my eggs were overcooked, the hash browns were soggy, and my girlfriend’s salad had way too much goat cheese in it. However, Cole’s is simply a fantastic place to drink in with the best selection of American craft beer that I’ve encountered thus far. And similar to Blue Monk, its lively and approachable vibe appeals to beer geeks and non-beer-drinkers alike. We really enjoyed ourselves here and we’ll be back on future trips to Buffalo.
IPFreely (143) Sanborn, New York | February 22, 2005| Updated July 31, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Older place, lots of character. Nice selection of taps and bottles as mentioned by rudolf. Bar owner really looking to bring in some good stuff. Also being right next to Mr. Goodbar you really can’t go wrong.
miketd (124) Cleveland, Ohio | August 1, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Went on a slow Saturday night. Initially, service sucked but it got better the longer we stayed. The draft list was pretty impressive and it had many beers I was interested in trying... and that isn’t an easy thing to do. Food was very good - high end pub grub. I enjoyed this place quite a bit.
rudolf (100) Buffalo, New York | February 20, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Cole’s has been an Elmwood fixture for 70 years. Recently they’ve done a serious upgrade of their beer selection. Last time I went there were taps from Bear Republic, Stone, Flying Bison, Rogue, Ellicottville, Wagner Valley, Brooklyn and others. The bottle selection included Rare Vos, Celebrator, Delerium Tremens, 60 Minute and many more. They even had Robert The Bruce and Alpha King! Bar staff is great, they remember you after your first visit and take care of you. The owner came up to IPFreely and I when he saw us drinking 3 Floyds and we talked for a while. This place rocks!
Next door to Mr. Goodbar
mds (100) Toronto, Ontario | June 19, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I liked this place. It was a pretty easy place to find driving from Premier. Meter parking on the street. The interior had a lot of character and a comfortable atmosphere. Lots of nice draught selection that evidently rotates quite often - Bear Republic, Stone, Blue Point, Smuttynose, etc. Also some bottles available like Ommegang and Magic Hat. Food was pretty good - I had the burger...I was disappointed though that they didn’t have any Kobe beef left. Everything was reasonably priced too. Service was quick and attentive. I’d love to have a place like this in Toronto, I’d be in here all the time.
solidfunk (98) Ontario | November 27, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
had a good drink here. Apreciate the sample trays. The have still got some work to up the ante on beer taps. Very goood service though. Looks like good bottles on menu.
UDBeernut (91) Near Buffalo, New York | July 7, 2012| Updated November 4, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Went here mid to late afternoon to beat the heat. Crowd at the bar was locals chewing the shit. Large selection of american brewed beers on tap save 2 imports. Service was good an attentive. Beer served in proper glasswear. Food was standard pub grub but well prepared. A bit pricey but all in all a cool spot.
blipp (78) Newark, New Jersey | June 9, 2008| Updated October 12, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very good selection on draft that is always changing. Including some Green Flash and Bells which is usually pretty hard to find in Western New York.
frylock (76) Atlanta, Georgia | January 29, 2006| Updated July 10, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best spots in Buffalo. Solid bottle list and ever changing taps with beers you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the area (except blue monk). The food has always been good. The service can be a little slow at times, but is always attentive. Lots of tastings and events held here as well. Only complaint is that it can get quite crowded around the narrow bar area. A must stop for any out of towners.
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