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

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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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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by JanM:
Photo of JanM
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a hazy, red-brown colour. Great smell, just like I imagine a good bitter. The taste was excellent. Bitter, with grassy hops and roasted malts, not too much sugar. Just enough carbonation. After 15-20 minutes the hops calm down and some breadnotes become discernible. This is a rich, fresh and one of the most well-crfated Canadian beers that I have tasted.

JanM, Aug 22, 2007
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev 0%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
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
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the Alibi Room. Grapefruit colour. Bubble and cream on top. Some hop aroma. A good bitterness, I like this brewery, but a bit thin mouthfeel and I argue too sweet, dry and citrussy finish.They dopn't need honey and sugar. Appropriately carbonated. A bit better as it warmed.

Sammy, Feb 24, 2008
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
Photo of EspressoGuy
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
Photo of DamageCase76
4/5  rDev 0%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Madelar79
5/5  rDev +25%

Madelar79, Oct 01, 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
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4/5  rDev 0%

bigred89, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of jbeervt
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jbeervt, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Erik-P, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of ericj551
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

ericj551, May 07, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev 0%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
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 Graham5161986
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours cascadingly into a chill-hazed ruby brown with a 1 finger off-white head that had good retention and leaves a good lace on my glass.

S: chocolately, caramel malts on the nose with nice northwest hops in the backgroud as well.

T: smooth caramelly malts up front, then the hops come out to play. very well hopped. leave s a pleasant, bittersweet hop flavour on the long finish.

M: medium to heavy-bodied, creamy and crisp. goes down smooth and somewhat dry.

D: another great beer from Howe Sound. i'm lovin' the hops in this bitter and the malts provide for a nice sweetness that does not overpower. It is a bit heavy so I don't know if I would drink more than one bottle - but then again, it is 1 litre... well made and well enjoyed.

Graham5161986, Mar 22, 2008
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4/5  rDev 0%

MylesMac, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Hornet2003
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad.

A: Kind of cloudy deep rich ruby red colour.

S: Hops and malt. Mostly a grassy hoppy smell. Quite English in the aroma. think Fuller's and youve got it.

T: Quite bitter. The malt is really not as apparent inthe flavour. The hoppy bitterness is dominating

M:Meh. Nice carbonation, but the actual bitter flavours are overpowering on the tongue.

D: So-so. Pretty nice session beer, but I'd go out of my way to try Howe Sounds IPA or Oatmeal Stout after having a pint of this. Not so much an all-night beer.

Hornet2003, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This my peeps is the answer to where has the lost ESB from Shaftebury gone. Well kinda of as this tastes just like that sadly departed great BC beer. The beer looks fab with that toffee colour and big head. The nose is all British hops with a west coast flair. The thing that makes this a real treasure is the perfect balance between malt and hop. Complexity, drinkability and a full mouthfeel are apparent in every sip. Say hello to the best ESB in BC.

canucklehead, Aug 07, 2005
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4/5  rDev 0%

iain_reeve, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of BDTyre
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely the best ESB in the province. Toffee colour with off white head, and a rich malty smell with a very nice hop nose on it. Well done hop-malt balance in the taste department. The hop bitterness cuts down on the malts and there is a very slight brown sugar after taste. Nearly as good as Fuller's. Ctirus and sour hints on the taste, as well as a semi-sweet malt profile.

I agree with canucklehead; this is a very well done beer. My bottles says 5.4% ABV, not 5%.

BDTyre, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of tbeckett
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from kjyost, split with a buddy. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy dark copper with one finger of creamy white head. Great rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice citrus, bread, caramel. The citrus is a good blend with the caramel.

T - Earthy hop with a little citrus. Caramel, bread, good sweetness with a decent hop note too.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, and a light bitterness.

O/D - Very drinkable, not jaw dropping but well done. Too straight forward for me, I was expecting something slightly more boundary pushing.

tbeckett, Nov 05, 2011
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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Baldwin And Cooper Best Bitter from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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