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Nickel Brook 80/- | Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Derek on 11-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 9
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3/5  rDev -12%

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish colour, fizzy carbonation, end of the tap line at Volo. Some scotch taste, quite on the malty side.Medium mouthfeel. A bit high on the gas, probably explaining why I was spritzed on the tap pour. OK beverage and for its style. A bit stickly sweet.

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Photo of dipso123
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mrmanning
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChaucerÂ’s Pub in London, Ontario.Pours deep mahogony, and is topped with a thick foamy beige cap, that sticks and lasts. Aromas are fairly malty, english hops, rye bread, and a touch of tin. Flavours are sweet malt, dark bread, some hops to back up the malt. FInishes slightly bitter, pretty creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The only drawback is a slight metallic flavour in the finish. A step up from their other beers. I like it. Thanks for getting this one in Milos!

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Photo of Derek
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chaucer's Pub/Marienbad Restaurant in London, Ontario.

It's unfiltered, unpasteurized & naturally carbonated... so I'd still call it cask.

A: Dark caramel in colour with an off-white head. Decent retention & initially leaves some nice lace.

S: Modest aroma of earthy minerals, dark/burnt caramel and a hint of orange rind/zest.

T: Earthy mineral, dark caramel, nut. Plenty of malt flavour. Slight zesty/rind flavour, but very little hop flavour. Bitterness is very mild as well (Hops are limited, in the Scottish style, but there's enough for a pleasant balance).

M: Moderate to full body is impressive for its strength yet it is still well-attenuated, with very little sweetness (almost dry). Nicely fermented. Moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of Viggo
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo.

Pours a clear copper/golden, medium sized but thick white head forms, good retention, nice lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, some bread and citrus, very clean. Taste is pleasant, malty, some toffee, bread, little yeast, citrus, grainy goodness, wasn't impressed with the finish however. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Better than their apple pilsner, decent enough but was expecting more.

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Photo of pootz
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, fresh from the bright tank before kegging:

Increadible shimmering Orange-burnished gold color....rich frothey 3 finger meringue cap that lasted the drink and laced up the glass.

Aromas of unripe apricots...a hint of citrus over sweet spiciness.

Rich malt body, creamy mouth feel, almost perfectly balanced character.

Starts rich with chewy caramel and bready malts then the fruity tones appear with the spicey hops to totally balance the taste...mid palate you detect more complexities from the malt mixture and get deeper peach tones from the esters...finish is pleasnatly bitter with a biscuity presence....light bready after taste with some metallic lingering.

This is a really flavorful and comforting ale but very drinkable...perfect for sessions.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask for Victory's cask event on a cool, rainy Sunday.

Attractive mahogany-amber makes me think that the brewer has tweaked the malt bill since the earlier reviews, which describe it as much lighter. Not much in terms of head, but it's a gravity cask with no hand pump, so what are you going to do.

Nice mix of hop and malt aromas. I think it's a bit hop forward for the style, but the brewer (who I spoke with) said that's why he's calling it the "Canadian 80-", that it's Scottish inspired, but dry-hopped with a whole-leaf Canadian hop, the name of which escapes me. Though I believe he said it was bittered with Nugget and aroma'd with Fuggles. Anyway, biscuit, toasted brown bread, a little nutty, earthy-herbal hop. All very appetizing.

Similar palate. Even tastier than it smells. I think it's a bit thin for the style, but with quite low carbonation, I don't think it could pull off being much richer, even with a relatively dry finish and the good hop presence. Complex session beer. On cask, this is definitely in the upper echelons of Scottish ales I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of bobsy
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo and way off style. This is a decent beer, but an wayward attempt at a scotch ale.

Pours a clear amber with a tight white head that exhibited decent retention and lace. Fruity aroma with some citrus mixed in with berry. Taste is decent yet all wrong. The malts don't really come through all that strongly, and there's not much in the way of a scotch taste. What we do have is a light generic citrus bitterness with berries lurking in the background, along with some sweet malts. Its pleasant in an understated way. Carbonation and body are medium.

Not a bad beer, but as I said not really what it purports to be.

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Nickel Brook 80/- from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
3.41 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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