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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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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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Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -49.6%

I decied to retry Mill Street as i know people who love their stuff.

Poured from a bottle into a a pilsner glass.

Light amber, minimal head.

Aroma....what aroma.. ESB? I dont smell anything apart from a subtle malt.

Taste....Hmmm...Minerally, "corn" like...Tastes like a lager. Very very light with a crips finish. I'd say almost 0 hop in here. I can barely perceive any bitterness. I'm comparing this to a good ESB like FUller's and Propeller. This is just undrinkable to me.

Reminds of a big-brand discount beer. Again, Mill Street disapoints. I have no idea how people are so impressed with this place. I suppose its meant for the Masses but there are FAR better ESB's out there. This is a lager, not an ESB.

01-14-2012 01:56:15 | More by jbonapar
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -23.6%

I had this on cask at the brewpub.

Pours a clear bronze color with a rocky sizable head with excellent retention. Lacing is intermittent. The aroma is sweet and floral with some lemon drop and cedary hops, there is also a medicinal boozey feel going on. Is this fusel alcohol? Maybe. The taste is on the thin with some metallic feel and way too much alcohol flavor for a mid strength beer. Some grainy malts, caramel, and various tropical fruits are noticeable but tend to get overshadowed by booze. The mouthfeel is light with a very delicate soft carbonation. The finish is metallic and not bitter enough.

This is the second Mill Street cask beer Ive tried, and both are sub par. Maybe fermented or stored at too high a temperature? I dont know.

04-04-2007 01:52:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

02-13-2013 12:49:59 | More by DaPan
Photo of PhatMatt905

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -19.3%

a- mild copper colour with a very nice long lasting bright white head.

s- strong malt aroma. breads, caramel, and nice toasted qualities. Nice fruity ester. some earthy and slightly spice hops notes also.

t- Nice and easy drinking beer. Nice malt flavours some weird yeasty flavour too. Mild bitterness. lots of earthy kettle hops.

m- Decent for a beer with such low abv. Nice mild carbonation.

12-19-2011 22:34:04 | More by PhatMatt905
Photo of beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-08-2012 13:42:57 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-24-2013 13:03:47 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-08-2014 21:03:58 | More by Jotora
Photo of TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-26-2013 11:50:26 | More by TT--Cashout
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours a clear copper colour with little to no head whatsoever. Strong malt and hay aroma, with some lemony hops. Tastes very earthy. Bit of nuts, with big malt profile. Some caramel to be had in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, a decent beer to have, but nothing to sing praises of.

12-23-2011 05:04:45 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-03-2012 02:41:36 | More by bigox420
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

From the Mill Street sampler in the LCBO.

A - Pours bright, the colour is copper with tons of carbonation. One finger of white head fades fast to a ring around the edges with no lace.

S - Earthy, pear, some graininess, berries, tame.

T - Some fruity esters, pear, toffee malts, slight herbal hops.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweetish/dry finish.

O/D - Weak for an ESB. If Fuller's is the benchmark, this isn't even close. Odd for an ESB. Definintely nothing special and mostly forgettable.

01-24-2012 01:52:27 | More by tbeckett
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Medium copper colour; translucent. Half a finger of off-white head formed and quickly receded to a few bubbles. Some yellow/orange glow around the edges of glass.

S - Caramel and toffee aromas up front balanced by an earthy and floral bitterness from the hops.

T - Floral and earthy notes from the hops up front with a light to moderate bitterness. The malt bill provides a good balance and notes of caramel and toffee.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy with light carbonation.

O - An enjoyable session beer and very easy drinking but not memorable.

01-02-2012 21:22:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%

355ml bottle poured into tulip 9/12/11

A clear copper with a few bib bubbles that feed a short lived thumbs width of head that leaves a couple polka dots of lace

S some citric hops and bread crust with a little purple candy, and some hay and grass

T slightly sour grapes, grainy flavors and not as much hops as the nose

M light but well carbonated a little bite to it but not overly bitter

O pretty average stuff, nothing really off but nothing stands out either

I don't mind some of Mill Streets stuff but this one's pretty basic

12-10-2011 01:54:26 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry caramel malt notes with some light dry hops. Taste is a mix of dry caramel malt notes with some light subtle hops at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing bad here though nothing earth shattering either.

02-03-2012 19:09:19 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Foamy off-white head, on dark yellow body. Malty aroma, where are the hops?On-tap at the brewery in its first week. Bitter but medium mouhfeel. Lagerish taste,even less hoppy than their regular lineup not quite up to the many ESBs I have had and enjoyed.
Hadthe dry hopped edition, on cask, at 2009 Volo English cask fest. It had a pleasant peachy colour. There was bitterness, but it was rather off. Watery mouthfeel.

11-05-2006 21:47:39 | More by Sammy
Photo of crashdavisinoh


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

06-08-2014 11:50:51 | More by crashdavisinoh
Photo of LoveBeerNo7

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

02-26-2012 15:57:22 | More by LoveBeerNo7
Photo of valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

10-16-2013 20:17:26 | More by valianes
Photo of 4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

08-29-2012 22:59:57 | More by 4ster
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%

A - clear brown with a tall off white head, retained respectably with some random blobs of lacing
S - very sweet and sour aroma, molasses and some adjunct, a little odd for the style
T - a big nutty malt start with some molasses, light earthy hop notes, not what I expect in an ESB but it is tasty
S - sticky yet light, finishing with a dry that builds through the finish
O - this one is tough because it tastes nothing like the bitter and malty ESB's I love, but it is tasty, just more akin to a nut brown ale, worth a try but the Russian judge gives a few .5 deductions on style

02-03-2012 03:25:28 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a pint glass. One finger off white head on a clear dark reddish amber. The head soon diminished to a thin ring.

Fruity malts in the smell. Buttery diacelyl. Sweet buttercotch caramel. Mild but present. Mild hop finish.

Medium body. Fairly light carbonation. A bit weak in the flavour department. Pleasant but not outstanding. I guess that is the philosophy of Mill Street. True to style but milded down for broader appeal.

01-03-2012 15:09:45 | More by scott451
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

pours a nice super clear light brown/amber colour. okay head and some lacing - both faded quickly.

smell was nice. hoppy, bitter, malty, sweet and a hint of fruit.

taste was okay. malt heavy with a bitter aftertaste - not a lot happening. good carbonation and drinkability.

good but not overly interesting - probably won't get again but was nice to try.

11-12-2011 04:48:01 | More by fostachild
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle from the brewpub store, 355ml into a tulip. Listed at 4.6%ABV.

Clear orange-brown with a few fingers of sorta thick off-white head. GOod lace and only a bit of head retention. Not much on the nose, some vague earthy and bready notes and touch of hops. A touch of grass and caramel. Taste has some warm caramel and toasty malts, some earthier hop notes as well. A mild metallic note as well. Mouthfeel is medium, with a pretty low carbonation. Nothing too wrong with this beers, but nothing special about it either. Could be sessionable, but not something I'd seek out really.

01-03-2012 03:01:46 | More by liamt07
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Not a lot of head, barely a finger's worth which quickly dissolved and did not lace at all. The body is crystal clear penny coloured copper with steady carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malt with fruity elements, specifically peach, berries and a light citrus that I think is coming from the hops. All in all it's nice but far too muted and warming doesn't help.

Taste: Starts with a very nice nutty caramel taste as the nuttier element seems to curb the malt sweetness nicely. The hops then make a bit of an early appearance as herbal and citrus notes with a touch of berries come into play. Unfortunately a bit of a metallic twang hits the end of the beer and finishes poorly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation helps out the entire beer, and regrettably it also helps out the ending twang. That metallic aftertaste doesn't linger to fiercely but it is there and it creeps into the picture so suddenly.

Drinkability: Surprisingly easy and drinkable for a medium bodied beer. The carbonation doesn't quite settle as well as it should, but all in all it's good.

Final Thoughts: Save only for the most sweltering of summer heat, this is a beer for all seasons. That being said, that metal twang needs to go. This would make a good gateway beer to offer a macro drinker. It's both drinkable and flavourful but not excessively so.

01-14-2012 01:33:35 | More by TheHammer
Photo of 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
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.