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

Baldwin And Cooper Best BitterBaldwin And Cooper Best Bitter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

33 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%


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: 33 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by marty21:
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper orange with 1.5 fingers worth of creamy off white head. Settles to nice cap and left pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt with some grassy hops and earthy aromas.

T: Caramel malt up front with grassy hops taking over at the finish. It has a nice lingering bitterness left behind.

M: Medium body with lighter carbonation.

O: If you like bitter beers this one is really good. It leaves a long lasting bitter feeling in your mouth long after you’ve swallowed. It’s quite expensive at the MLCC though so not sure if I’ll be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 16:32:42 | More by marty21
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-13-2014 14:23:41 | More by KStark
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

03-10-2014 03:55:17 | More by ZachT
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delta490

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 21:33:37 | More by delta490
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 22:15:21 | More by ppoitras
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 21:29:05 | More by oberon
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

12-24-2013 04:17:31 | More by MylesMac
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jbeervt

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-16-2013 04:21:07 | More by jbeervt
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

11-04-2013 04:50:17 | More by DamageCase76
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

11-01-2013 03:05:51 | More by Erik-P
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-29-2013 05:15:04 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 22:15:58 | More by biboergosum
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

05-07-2013 04:10:04 | More by ericj551
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-29-2012 02:24:20 | More by KalanM
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urbantornado

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-28-2012 18:08:07 | More by urbantornado
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-09-2012 23:25:46 | More by Molson2000
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 06:31:05 | More by wordemupg
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 21:52:22 | More by CookstLiquor
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 00:17:44 | More by EspressoGuy
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WoodersonMB

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-14-2012 15:44:32 | More by WoodersonMB
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

12-06-2011 18:13:59 | More by schopenhauerale
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

11-21-2011 05:05:00 | More by chickenm
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

11-21-2011 03:16:30 | More by EskimoDave
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 14:25:52 | More by tbeckett
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

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

1L swing top poured into a nonic pint glass at 5C. Undated bottle, though fresh at the MLCC.

A: Rich clear amber, though with a tiny head and no lacing. EDIT: Second pour 1cm white head, light lacing
S: Lovely hoppy nose, with earthy and spciy notes. Pretty sure some EKG are in there. Caramel malts are also evident.
T: Bracingly bitter, so I am in love off first sip. Some earthy flavours along with light residual sweetness from the malt. Not overly complex, but quite enjoyable.
M: Good residual body, clinging bitterness and stronger than expected carbonation.
O: A nice surprise, but at a price point of a bar ($5/pint - $10 for the bottle) not a beer I will be buying often.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:46:42 | More by kjyost
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Baldwin And Cooper Best Bitter from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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