Baldwin And Cooper Best Bitter | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
howesound.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth, malty well-hopped ale, with a full aromatic nose made with 100% barley, hops, water and yeast. The "best bitter" description refers to this beer's higher alcohol content and its depth of hop bitterness. It is named for Jim Baldwin & Ed Cooper, the first men to climb the Grand Wall of the Stawamus Chief (702 m) in July, 1961.

52 IBU

Added by canucklehead on 08-07-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of flyerzrule
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro. Pours amber with a thick creamy head. Nitro dulls the aroma a bit so its mostly bready cracker malt and some light caramel. Taste is more bready cracker biscuit followed by a light English hop bitterness and a touch of pineapple, mango and vanilla. Feels very creamy with light carbonation. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great best bitter-type beer.

It looks beautiful - red-copper with huge pale tan head steadily shrinking to thick foamy/rocky top with rich lace.

Aroma is nice strong caramelised whole wheat toast, hints of dried fruit and wood, bark, tea candy.

Taste is nice caramelised whole wheat toast, pepper, wood, tea bitterness with balancing sweetness.

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Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeremy7
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drknight
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goalie35
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leftbob
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a well poured pint

A nice dark amber bitter.

Minimal head

Nice malty aroma with a bitter hint

Taste tracks with the aroma with the bitter finish stronger.

All in all a well balanced malty ESB

I could drink more that one with no problem

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of founddrama
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A bitter in more than name only. But a malty bitterness, not a hoppy bitterness. A sweet aroma and a coppery finish. Rich coppery color; big off-white head with big bubbles but it dissipates quickly.

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Photo of RStansel
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid English-style bitter, with biscuity, chocolatey, toffee-driven malts balanced by a woodsy hop bitterness. A truly sessionable ale that Canada should embrace.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Madelar79
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of AnthonyKW
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of iain_reeve
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazel reddish brown with good head and lace patches. A aroma that first hits me as sweet with caramel and toffee and then a burst of biter, citric hops hit me. The beer is light to medium bodied as I get a bread-like background with minor sweet caramel/toffee malts balance with, although probably slightly less than 50/50, with bitter, citric flavored hops. Balance is still there as beer is enjoyable and easy to drink and finishes with a dry edge.

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Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ZachT
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of delta490
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured out a slightly hazy deep amber. Had a nice tan foamy head with great retention. Lacing was sticky a plentiful

S- rich malt tones dominate. Caramel, fresh bread and dark fruit all came to mind. Reminded me of the bitters from England

T- again, rich malt flavors dominate. But there is a an interesting citrus hoppy bite on the finish. Not quite true to style, but very close and the change is a nice one. Like most English-style beers, the flavor really comes alive as the beer warms into the 50-55 degree range and the hops mellows.

M- has a pleasant fullness on the palate and a nice crisp bite on the finish from the hops

O- this is a great best bitter, very similar to the original style but with a good twist. I would love to try this on cask from a hand engine.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1L bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into a large glass stein, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Fluffy head bubbles away very slowly, with sticky lacing. Aroma is balanced and sedate.

Taste is sweet to start, slgith fruity tart in the middle, light to moderate bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. I could see having a few of these.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see Howe Sound now in my area,I have had a few of their beers in the past from online stores in the Pacific NW.Pours into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep bronze with a tightly formed half finger lacey white head atop.Aromas are fruity with a tinge of hard water and caramel,light leafy hops linger.Malt driven as it should be with caramel/biscuit really standing out, a bit of brown sugar and toffee come into play as well,again the leafy hops linger in the finish.A damn fine ESB actually one of the better ones I have had in awhile,well done.

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Photo of MylesMac
4/5  rDev +1%

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Baldwin And Cooper Best Bitter from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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