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Best Bitter - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Picaroons Brewing Co. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-10-2003)
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3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

Prcass, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Nightwing
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from bottle. Aroma of toffee and maybe nuts. Hazy amber with white head. Medium bitter taste. Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, with a slight bitter finish. Overall a nice bitter brew.

Nightwing, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

FadetoBock, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Brewery shop in Fredericton.
Pours a fairly clear deep amber color with a decent sized bubbly frothy off white head that persists for a while. Aromas of toffee and caramel with hints of earthy hop and a touch of mineral water, fruit, and butterscotch. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent bitter, again heavy on the diacetyl.

johnnnniee, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

sdm9465, Jul 23, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml sturdy squat bottle. Nice to see another proper 'best bitter' available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some pleasant cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of semi-sweet, almost pastry-like pale and caramel malt, simple syrup, fruity yeast, and earthy, leafy, and otherwise green hops. The taste is bready, faintly biscuity caramel malt, a further toffee sweetness, more earthy yeast, a bit of sour drupe fruitiness, oily nuts, and weedy, sort of floral, leafy hops.

The carbonation is present and accounted for, but does little to make you remember it, the body an adequate medium weight, and generically smooth, as those hops drop a metallic bomb right about now for some reason. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt persisting mostly intact, amongst some increasingly peppy floral, leafy hops.

Picaroons' Best Bitter holds true to its God Save the Queen, or whatever British allegiances, right up until the veritably bitter end of this affair, when the hops exhibit a (relatively) heady dash of New World elan. Fairly crisp, sweet enough, and with that so-called elevated ABV for the style, I could envision downing a few of these should I ever find myself in a Maritimes public house.

biboergosum, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

deonreds, May 04, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure where this came from, but it's fresh.

It's a medium brown with good clarity to it, transparent but for the color itself. The pale head shows some density as it settles on top to 3/4 finger. Retention is good, and lacing is thin but drops in a really nice sheeting effect to about the middle of the glass. It shows some rigidity to it overall, staying together well.
This beer showcases the strengths of the style; my main criticism would be that the yeast is a bit heavy and forward. Otherwise, the nicely complex blend of earthy, toasty, nutty and floral notes as well as its balance of each moderately strong malts and hops in the aroma and flavor make for a nice beer.
It's got a good medium body to it without going thin or, on the other side, heavier than it should. It's creamy with a bit of dryness and flows very nicely.
Is this Bitter the best? No. Is it good? Across the board.

Brenden, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Wrhino, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

cam477, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TT--Cashout, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

StomachUlcers, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

juliendesrochers, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Kmat10, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

hef, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

djcreepshow, Jul 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

rab53, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

lgmol, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

IanSpindler, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ericj551, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

polloenfuego, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TimeLincoln, Jan 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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Best Bitter from Picaroons Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.