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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 GodOfBeer
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GodOfBeer, Oct 31, 2008
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 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 crwills
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

crwills, Sep 19, 2007
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 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 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 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 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
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Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) from Mill Street Brew Pub
80 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.