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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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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 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
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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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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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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
Photo of 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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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
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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
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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 spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

11-14-2011 15:01:12 | More by spinrsx
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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
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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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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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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

02-13-2013 12:49:59 | More by DaPan
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-02-2012 02:17:45 | More by ElGallo
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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
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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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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
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-20-2013 17:36:47 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-03-2013 03:48:39 | More by TerryW
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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