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Best Bitter - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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83
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of ritzkiss
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%

500ml bottle shared by Bobsy - you always bring the best stuff buddy ;)

Pours a murky orangeish brown with 2-3 fingers of foamy, soapy sticky head that leaves some lacing as it recedes. Way too heavy carbonation for a bitter.

Nose reveals the first WTF moment and it's all downhill from there (the head should have tipped us off perhaps). Funky lemon-y dish soap mixes with a decent but overpowered nutty, woody biscuit malt base. A hint of caramel in the body, malt tries to assert itself but is beaten down by this odd soapy funk. Light hop bittering in the finish. Infected? Perhaps. It's hard to tell. Fizzy, brash carb zips through the mouth. Nothing about this beer tells me it's an ESB.

I finished my portion but it wasn't pleasant. Hard to tell if this is what they intended to do or if they just have quality control issues (leaning this way). Either way, this bottle was a disaster.

ritzkiss, May 28, 2010
Photo of bobsy
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Thanks to Brian for kindly sending this my way from Halifax. The bottle arrived in great shape, but sadly the contents seems to have fallen foul of Picaroons sketchy quality control.

Decent pour with an aggressive off-white head that betrays the usual over-carbonation that I've found with these guys. Nice lacing as it gently drops to a steady cap atop the rusty copper body. Nose is too skewed toward soapy notes for me to like it too much, but it does have a decent biscuit and caramel base. However, there's something that just doesn't jive with me. Taste is passable, but by no means exciting, and again I feel something is amiss here. There's a good dose of biscuit and some caramel sweetness, but also a slight acidic edge and a soapiness that detracts more as the beer is consumed. Herbal notes are good, but the floral is dead, and tastes it. Body is thin and viciously carbonated.

Another mediocre Picaroons. Drinkable, but why the hell would you bother. I'm now prepared to right this brewery off - despite a few good reviews they're pretty much crap and not worth the time or effort. If they fixed their quality control issues they'd be better, but even then their beers are pretty bland and boring.

bobsy, May 31, 2010
Photo of spree92
2.65/5  rDev -28%

A heavy cooper color with red highlights. The head was heavily carbonated and sank into the glass rather quickly. A coating of foam and yeast lingered on the surface. A pungent smelling toffee nose, maybe some dried fruit as well. The hops were first on the scene but were quickly erased but malts, that are just not right. Burnt malt flavor make this bitter in the wrong sense. I need to say it just feels like the ingredients have been dirtied. Leaves a bad trace in the mouth, also dry and sticky.

Overall, I usually like what comes from the Picaroons Brewery, but this was a total miss.

spree92, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of graybayou
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

graybayou, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of djcreepshow
3/5  rDev -18.5%

djcreepshow, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

rab53, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

Friend brought it back from N-B

A- Clear copper chestnut under a pillowy, chunky light beige.

S- Honey. Reminds me a lot of Boréale Rousse. Some bitterness lurking in the back.

T- Nice green hoppiness which I was not expecting. Malt is pretty sour though. I'd like a little more sweetness. Especially with the hoppiness bringing some grapefruit notes, part of it almost ressembles white grapefruit juice.

M- Medium carbonation. Full body. Medium mouthfeel.

D- Good. Bitterness is just right to stick to style while being highly drinkable but the sourness is a little off-putting.

Good enough to make me want to try more from this brewery.

Yoonisaykul, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

My boss brought this back from Halifax.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with good carbonation and a three finger, fluffy off white head. Great lacing with a coating along the inside of the glasa and a full finger of thick head remaining.

S - Fair amount of smoke and tobacco, dropping off to some citrus and earth with breadiness and a little caramel. The smokey and tobacco notes were odd but gone when the beer was able to open up more. A little soapy.

T - Caramel and breainess with lot's of smoke which is gone when the beer opens up. Earthy hops and a little fruitiness.

M - Good carbonation with a body just barely making it to medium. Slight tobacco type finish.

O/D - Tasted OK and went down smooth. But I don't think I could drink alot of this. I just isn't all that interesting and lacks the great flavours of better ESBs.

tbeckett, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%

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
Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

500ml Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - Clear reddish-copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, toffee, reminded me a bit of a creme brule

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel/toffee, light hops, and malts. There is also a bit of a roasted nut flavour and a woodiness. It ends with a malty and light bitter hopped aftertaste.

Overall - A solid ESB that might benefit from a touch less carbonation. The taste is pleasant and it's quite drinkable. Don't go out of your way to track down, but if you see it pick one up.

spinrsx, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

cam477, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

FadetoBock, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of juliendesrochers
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

juliendesrochers, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention. Aroma of malt with a light floral aroma. Taste is lightly sweet with some subtle floral hops. Body is fuller then expected with some adequate carbonation. Well done session ale that stays within the style parameter.

Phyl21ca, May 30, 2007
Photo of TimeLincoln
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

TimeLincoln, Jan 09, 2013
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.

Nightwing, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of hef
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

hef, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of TylerD420
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

TylerD420, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of TT--Cashout
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

TT--Cashout, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

clear copper brown/amber colour. inch of light beige head, decent retention.

smell has a bit of hops, sweet malt.

taste also sweet and malty, nice bitter aftertaste and goes down fairly smooth.

overall, it was a decent beer - has that weird taste in all picaroons but somewhat tolerable in this case.

fostachild, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

deonreds, May 04, 2014
Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of ZorPrime
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to Moniker for this beer. Received in a 2009 trade.

A: Amber color beer, cloudy. This beer isn't filtered. I like it. The head is creamy looking with average to big bubbles. The foam sticks quite well to the glass.
S: The aroma is of medium intensity. I get caramel with some sugar.
T: The taste is very caramel with an aftertaste that is all bitterness. I get some maple syrup at the very end...
M: Medium body with enough carbonation to feel it. Sugary...
D: Good session beer.

On the label, it is written that the flavor are nuts and caramel... after thinking about it, yes it reminds me a little of the Honey nut brown ale from Rogue...

ZorPrime, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

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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Best Bitter from Picaroons Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.