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Baldwin And Cooper Best Bitter - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smooth, malty well-hopped ale, with a full aromatic nose made with 100% barley, hops, water and yeast. The "best bitter" description refers to this beer's higher alcohol content and its depth of hop bitterness. It is named for Jim Baldwin & Ed Cooper, the first men to climb the Grand Wall of the Stawamus Chief (702 m) in July, 1961.

52 IBU

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 08-07-2005)
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5/5  rDev +25%

Madelar79, Oct 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

AnthonyKW, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

bigred89, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

iain_reeve, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazel reddish brown with good head and lace patches. A aroma that first hits me as sweet with caramel and toffee and then a burst of biter, citric hops hit me. The beer is light to medium bodied as I get a bread-like background with minor sweet caramel/toffee malts balance with, although probably slightly less than 50/50, with bitter, citric flavored hops. Balance is still there as beer is enjoyable and easy to drink and finishes with a dry edge.

clayrock81, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

KStark, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

ZachT, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of delta490
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured out a slightly hazy deep amber. Had a nice tan foamy head with great retention. Lacing was sticky a plentiful

S- rich malt tones dominate. Caramel, fresh bread and dark fruit all came to mind. Reminded me of the bitters from England

T- again, rich malt flavors dominate. But there is a an interesting citrus hoppy bite on the finish. Not quite true to style, but very close and the change is a nice one. Like most English-style beers, the flavor really comes alive as the beer warms into the 50-55 degree range and the hops mellows.

M- has a pleasant fullness on the palate and a nice crisp bite on the finish from the hops

O- this is a great best bitter, very similar to the original style but with a good twist. I would love to try this on cask from a hand engine.

delta490, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1L bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into a large glass stein, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Fluffy head bubbles away very slowly, with sticky lacing. Aroma is balanced and sedate.

Taste is sweet to start, slgith fruity tart in the middle, light to moderate bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. I could see having a few of these.

ppoitras, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see Howe Sound now in my area,I have had a few of their beers in the past from online stores in the Pacific NW.Pours into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep bronze with a tightly formed half finger lacey white head atop.Aromas are fruity with a tinge of hard water and caramel,light leafy hops linger.Malt driven as it should be with caramel/biscuit really standing out, a bit of brown sugar and toffee come into play as well,again the leafy hops linger in the finish.A damn fine ESB actually one of the better ones I have had in awhile,well done.

oberon, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

MylesMac, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jbeervt, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Erik-P, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz glass at the Howe Sound tap takeover @beerrevolutionyeg.

This beer appears a glassy, dark bronzed amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy pale beige head, which leaves some nicely chaotic inkblot lace around the glass as thing duly fall away.

It smells of sweetly biscuity pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, mild orchard fruit, and bitter floral, earthy hops. The taste is rich caramel malt, sponge toffee, cookie biscuits, stewed apples, and robustly noble earthy, floral hops.

The bubbles are capably supportive, and underhandedly spritzy, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally quite smooth, all things considered. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a pleasantly biscuity, cake-like manner, all balanced well enough by the lingering fruit and hop.

A bit strange for a best bitter to be north of 5% ABV, but this new worlder ain't complainin'. Mostly because the whole affair is commensurately amped up, round and full. Oh - and tasty. Pretty tasty.

biboergosum, Jun 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

ericj551, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

urbantornado, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L swinging pop top poured into tulip 8/9/12

A hazy burgundy with a solid two finger head that retains well and leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S has a little of everything, herbal, earthy and lots of leafy hops, some chocolate and caramel malt, citrus, and nutty toffee, I'm thinking world class Alt beer as I whiff this one

T not quite the complexity I could smell, not as much citrus, the malts aren't as strong but the hop mess is still there, pretty tasty stuff but a step down from the smell

M creamy from the bubbles but its balancing between cream and foam, nutty chocolate lingers on the finish

O pretty solid stuff and I had no problem tackling the liter of brew, another winner from Howe Sound

smells awesome, tastes solid and doesn't lack in any areas, these guys do little wrong in my eyes

wordemupg, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L resealable bottle. The nose offers inviting malty aromas with some nutty notes. This traditional English-style ESB offers lots of toffee on the forward palate and then a big citrus rind bitter snap on the finish. It's not hugely complex but it is definitely satisfying for a fan of this style.

CookstLiquor, Jul 09, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy copper with orange hints
S: nice fresh grapefruit rind that is relatively fleeting, some fresh bread maltiness
T: noticeable bitterness with a dry finish
M: light, clean, fresh
O: likeable but not a beer I would seek out. The dry finish really dominates.

EspressoGuy, Jun 18, 2012
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Baldwin And Cooper Best Bitter from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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