Oakes (18517) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
Amber-red colour. Some caramel nose. Some breadcrust malts and herbal hops on the palate. Earthy, caramelly taste. Well-balanced with a slight herbal hop note. Earthy finish. Nice bitter. Rcr84 (33) - CANADA - OCT 10, 2008
Mill St Brewpub on tap - Nice amberish red colour, Bready malts with a beautiful earthy hop aroma and flavour. Love this beer, after having it on tap i purchased 2 growlers for the fridge at home. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2006
Draught at Mill Street Brewpub. Slightly hazy dark amber-orange with a moderate off-white head. Very interesting aroma - earthy and fruity, with some notes of wet leaves and dung - I know, it doesn’t sound very appealing, but it really works. Flavour is very fresh, with notes of grain, bread, and a moderately bitter/dry finish. Solid, flavourful, well-balanced - damn good! Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Medium hazy orange, medium orange tinted bubbly white head - looks the part. Nice aroma of fruit, bread, and a few hops. Taste was very pleasing - lots of malt, fruity hops and a nice sweetness rounded off by some wonderful finishing hops. Like the new IPA, this borders on the Tankhouse territory a little bit, but the fruity hops and lighter and different mix of malt differentiates it nicely - this would be an awesome cask beer, which I’m sure we’ll see when the new brewpub gets that up and running. HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2006
Draught. At Mill Street Brewpub. *Someone*s on crack - this is awesome. Poured a hazy copper-orange with a solid, lasting creamy beige head. Soft lightly floral hop aroma, light barley malt, very simple but good. The taste follows right on, floral, fresh grain taste, the most appealing grain/barley aftertaste I’ve encountered - balanced, elegant - a true session ESB. Appropriately light body, mildly astringent - a true session beer, I’m looking forward to being able to purchase growlers of this one.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 On tap at the Mill St. brewpub - came a hazy gold colour, with a thin white head that lasted for a bit. Earthy, bready aroma, but not huge - fairly subtle. Taste was very nice - lightly hoppy, balanced with the quality malt, and then a pleasant light bitter finish. Would be nice if it was slightly less carbonated, and would be delicious in cask form. Very soft in the mouth. A really good session bitter. Update - had on cask at the brewpub. It’s all of the above, but softer and more flavourful, with a slightly slippery mouthfeel. Superb.
Note: had this on cask dry-hopped at the brewpub last night and it was delicious - try it out if you get a chance. Not hugely complex or amazing, just really simple and drinkable. RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
Excellent ESB. Malty and nutty with a nice hoppy ending. Good body, too. Brilliant in every aspect except perhaps for the head which didn’t last too long. jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
Growler from the brewery. Pours light copper in colour, with an average head. Aroma is mildy bitter. Flavour is bitter, with earthy finish. Very enjoyable. JoeMcPhee (9516) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Deep amber pour. The aroma is quite leafy and hoppy. A nice herbal hoppiness along with a soft toasted malt component as well. There is a little kiss of toffee but thte beer isn’t overly sweet either. Nicely fruity out on the finish. Soft palate - it’s not as dry as I might lime but it’s a nice, fruity/hoppy ESB. Fairly rich and quite tasty. Hammy78 (975) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Draught at the Ship, Augusta St. Hamilton Ontario. Pours dark orange colour, a ring of head and decent amount of lacing left behind. Smells sweet and of malt. Taste is bitter and sweet.