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Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bitters have been the common drink in English pubs for decades. Mill St ESB uses only traditional ingredients, Marris Otter malt and Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, all imported from England. With light malt and hops in the nose, this copper coloured ale gives rise to a malty body with hints of chocolate and black currants. The hoppiness is always present but never out of balance in this style.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 11-05-2006)
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%

Dry hopped version on cask at Volo as part of their pre-cask days.

Arrives a nice caramelly brown with minimal head, nothing too exciting here, leaves lacing down a good portion of the glass.

Nice light leafy British hop presence, leaves a pleasant balanced bitterness in the mouth, decent finish. Toasty caramel malt base, hint of lemon in there. Very drinkable would be extremely refreshing in the summer, enough bitterness to please the discerning drinker. For an ESB, for 4.5%, for Ontario - this is a fine, well made drinker and thirst quencher.

10-29-2009 03:23:03 | More by ritzkiss
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%

On cask at volo.

A: Amber-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Hop-forward with a pleasant maltyness. Well-rounded hop profile (pine, earth, citrus & spice) with malty backbone (bread & caramel).

T: Earthy citrus, caramel & bread, modest bitterness, hints of ale fruityness.

M: Moderate body, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

03-04-2007 03:46:04 | More by Derek
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%

07-06-2013 16:23:15 | More by WillAndSarah
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%

10-12-2013 04:38:43 | More by Idrankthat
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%

03-14-2014 20:28:41 | More by NorthernSoul
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%

From notes taken at the Mill Street Brew Pub on 07/15/2011. Served in an American-style pint glass.

Poured an absolutely beautiful rusty amber colour with a frothy light cream-coloured head that stuck around as a thick film until the end of the glass. Extremely appealing.

Smelled of raisins and chocolate as well as dark malts. A dark or candied cherry smell opens up after warming.

Taste was chocolate-forward, with hints of grape and dark, bready malts and a really solid hoppy bite that had a citrus kick I'd normally associate with an IPA. Simple, but well-executed.

Smooth-drinking and creamy thanks to the thick film. Light-bodied overall, but did leave a bit of a resin aftertaste on my tongue.

A great session ale that washed down a greasy, starchy poutine nicely. If they bottled and distributed this I'd buy it all the time.

07-18-2011 16:40:47 | More by bryehn
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Lobstertainment

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%

04-21-2013 05:16:59 | More by Lobstertainment
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

I have had multiple times, first time reviewing it though is the dry hopped cask version, which is much better than both tap and regular cask versions.

Pours a slightly hazed brown/copper, thick off white head, very rocky, some decent lacing, decent retention. Smell is floral, some citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, bready, light but effective. Taste is nice and floral, sweet, light fruits, some citrus, fresh hops and bready malt, clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, smooth and refreshing. Pretty good beer in this form.

11-19-2007 21:20:28 | More by Viggo
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

On-tap at the Mill st. brew pub. Poured a nice amber/copper colour with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells nutty, bready/yeasty with citrus and floral hops.

Very tasty, malty, hoppy with some lime/citrus flavours.

A very smooth and delicious/drinkable beer.

10-31-2008 00:26:24 | More by GodOfBeer
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

On tap from the MS pub:

Tapped a clear amber-orange with a decent cap.

Aromas: Caramel-bread-grassyness.

Flavor profile: Pretty much a replica of the way it smells...a nice bready-caramel chew of malt balanced well with a grassy-herbal hop profile...light bitter finish...not the intense bittering of a Brit ESB but very approachable and sessionable

06-09-2010 18:47:21 | More by pootz
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

Caramel colour, one finger on white head, not much retention but some lace is left behind. Smell is loaded with malt, bready, decent hop bill, lightly grassy, caramel, mild sweet scents as well. Taste is malty initially, grassy hops come in leaving a firm bitterness throughout, fairly hoppy with some orange and muted citrus, light caramel with a faint sweetness in the aftertaste. Med-high carbonation, medium body, decent enough feel, carbonation is a touch prickly. This is actually quite nice, really enjoyed the flavours and balance that this offers and would revisit this more often than the rest of the Mill St. offerings.

11-19-2011 01:50:49 | More by peensteen
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

Another gem in the holiday mixer pack...

A - Pours a crystal clear dark copper colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Musty caramel, light leafy hops, nutty and earthy, but comes across a tad mild.

T - This was rather surprising given the nose, quite flavourful with the roasted almonds, caramel and toffee notes dominating. Leafy and earthy hops linger alongside a lasting bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and smooth but the finish can come across a tad too dry.

O - This one was certainly a surprise on the palette, and certainly worth picking up the mixer pack for. Would be a solid session ale that won't tire the palette and is fantastically drinkable.

12-10-2011 15:06:54 | More by andrenaline
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer appears a clear orange-ish amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, foamy off-white head, which leaves a full paint job of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of crackery grain, and grassy, spicy hops. The taste is light cracker malt, and grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body light and crisp, and it finishes dry and clean.

A bang-on mild bitter, nice and drying, makes you want more.

03-17-2010 04:46:31 | More by biboergosum
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%

On cask at the Mill Street Brew Pub. Presumably a one-off, as I've not come across it before. Deep copper body with a white head. Grains and hops come to the fore in the aroma. A noticeably bitter taste, with good hops coming through, and also a touch of wood and caramel. An easy drink, but not overly impressive in comparison to some of their other offerings.

01-14-2008 15:03:19 | More by bobsy
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

04-12-2012 17:27:49 | More by ThinkAgain
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-20-2011 21:23:35 | More by RedAleMan
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Watershed

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

07-11-2013 18:43:52 | More by Watershed
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-30-2011 16:42:46 | More by kelvarnsen
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Coronaeus

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

06-07-2014 13:32:23 | More by Coronaeus
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%

Sampled a dry hopped cask condition offering fresh at the brewpub!
A rather pretty appearance, bright ruby red in colour with a fine, silky level of head. A fragrant, lightly perfumy aroma. Very fruity as result of the dry-hopping. Slight mineral tone, imparted by the English character hops (I found it hard to say exactly what was used, I suspect they dry-hopped it with different hops then used for the boil. Either way, there was certainly some degree of depth to the hops, and quite well done!) The mouthfeel is completely flat, nill carbonation, my serving was practically warm as well. Not a big deal, somewhat unappealing but suiting for the cask conditioned I guess. Flavours are good, again the hops contribute a fruity character. Malt bill is clean. Its only real downfall is that the beer holds almost NO bitterness, which is kinda needed for an ESB!!!
Add some bittering hops and you got a great pint!

It was somewhat of a treat to find this. I certainly enjoyed this more off cask. I'm very happy to see what Mill Street is doing, they are certainly heading in the right direction and they've been doing what they're doing quite well.

04-15-2007 22:54:31 | More by biegaman
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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

On tap @ the Mill St., Toronto Pearson airport.

Clear copper with great head retention

The smell is faint - but there's biscuity malt and some earthy, mild English hops

Taste is classic ESB: mild earthy hops and a slightly nut-bread malt profile

Finishes dry, slow to aftertaste

Really nice, great companion on a layover to Vancouver

05-30-2013 16:18:34 | More by NardiByNature
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Had a pint of the dry-hopped, cask conditioned version of this beer at the Mill Street Brewpub, while a friend sampled the tapped version. They were significantly different - I liked mine better, he liked his. What can you do?

Anyway, poured into a glass mug, deep chocolate brown with an off-white fluffy head. Not the best glass for viewing a beer. Mild, tangy aroma - hops stand out. Flavour is quite dry, decently balanced with preference on the hops side. No "wow" factor, but very drinkable. Mild smoky notes as it warms up a little (although it was near room temperature to begin with, out of the cask).

Not bad.

09-19-2007 18:41:46 | More by crwills
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Enjoyed at the new brewpub. Slightly cloudy, deep amber topped by a slim off-white head. Good retention with some lacing. Grainy malt aroma with light citrus notes. Light bitterness with light caramel and a bit of biscuit. Mild floral and citrusy hops that linger. Dry finish. Lightish body, moderate carbonation, decent texture. Not bad overall, just a little weak on the bittering hops.

12-23-2006 03:08:25 | More by DrJay
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a pub ale glass.

Appearance: Amber-copper colour with a creamy-beige head that sticks around for a bit then thins to a layer of surface foam.

Smell: Woody roasted malt aromas.

Taste: A tasty and refreshing malt flavour that gives way to more intense hop flavours at the end. The aftertaste is moderately heavy and sweet.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a ride with a softer start and then more action as the hops come forward.

Overall: Not a bad beer by any means, I could definitely put a few of these away.

09-28-2012 02:59:09 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-12-2013 22:32:18 | More by irishkyle21
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Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) from Mill Street Brew Pub
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