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

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
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 Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Sammy, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

biboergosum, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

biegaman, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Viggo, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of liamt07
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

liamt07, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Derek, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of wordemupg
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

wordemupg, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear dark copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hay/straw, caramel/butterscotch, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and some hops. The is also a bit of chocolate flavour going on. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a light hop bitterness.

Overall – For me it had a little bit too much of a chocolatey taste, but it was still enjoyable. There are far better examples of the style available to me locally however. Not a waste of money, but I wouldn't buy it again.

spinrsx, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tbeckett, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

andrenaline, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of DaPan
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%

Canada_Dan, Tuesday at 10:33 PM
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -13.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

peensteen, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ElGallo, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

joemcgrath27, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

pootz, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

TerryW, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

irishkyle21, Sep 12, 2013
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Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) from Mill Street Brew Pub
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