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

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
52
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

Added by canucklehead on 08-07-2005

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 52
Reviews by JanM:
Photo of JanM
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Madelar79
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Jeremy7
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Drknight
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RStansel
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid English-style bitter, with biscuity, chocolatey, toffee-driven malts balanced by a woodsy hop bitterness. A truly sessionable ale that Canada should embrace.

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Photo of founddrama
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A bitter in more than name only. But a malty bitterness, not a hoppy bitterness. A sweet aroma and a coppery finish. Rich coppery color; big off-white head with big bubbles but it dissipates quickly.

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Photo of Leftbob
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a well poured pint

A nice dark amber bitter.

Minimal head

Nice malty aroma with a bitter hint

Taste tracks with the aroma with the bitter finish stronger.

All in all a well balanced malty ESB

I could drink more that one with no problem

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Photo of goalie35
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbeervt
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ericj551
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +1%

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