Best Bitter - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
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:
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(Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-10-2003)
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. A dark red-brown amber with three fingers of densely packed small beige bubbles, frothy and creamy when poured skillfully (a hit and miss endeavor for me today). Aroma is bready, slightly spicy, and fruity: Molasses cookies, golden raisins, a hint of peach, orange marmalade ... Authentic on the nose to be sure. Reminds one of this brewery's IPA albeit less overtly spicy. Palate is a well-integrated spread of walnut, gingerbread, sourish raisins or currants, toffee pudding, earthy hops. Again, recalls Picaroon's IPA but dialed down, perhaps more fruity esters, nutty and sweet rather than pungently hoppy although the latter are certainly asserting themselves. A faint spectre of chocolate brownie. On the heavy side of medium bodied, fairly fizzy and finishing quite dry, more toasted nuts, black tea tannins and woody hop notes. Putting me in a decidedly English mood (despite not having a drop of such ancestry that I am aware of), fortunately more Rolling Stones than high tea.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Nightwing
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of sdm9465
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Best Bitter from Picaroons Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.