Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)
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Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Mill Street E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bitters have been the common drink in English pubs for decades. Mill St ESB uses only traditional ingredients, Marris Otter malt and Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, all imported from England. With light malt and hops in the nose, this copper coloured ale gives rise to a malty body with hints of chocolate and black currants. The hoppiness is always present but never out of balance in this style.

Added by Sammy on 11-05-2006

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by PhatMatt905:
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2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- mild copper colour with a very nice long lasting bright white head.

s- strong malt aroma. breads, caramel, and nice toasted qualities. Nice fruity ester. some earthy and slightly spice hops notes also.

t- Nice and easy drinking beer. Nice malt flavours some weird yeasty flavour too. Mild bitterness. lots of earthy kettle hops.

m- Decent for a beer with such low abv. Nice mild carbonation.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears a clear orange-ish amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, foamy off-white head, which leaves a full paint job of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of crackery grain, and grassy, spicy hops. The taste is light cracker malt, and grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body light and crisp, and it finishes dry and clean.

A bang-on mild bitter, nice and drying, makes you want more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foamy off-white head, on dark yellow body. Malty aroma, where are the hops?On-tap at the brewery in its first week. Bitter but medium mouhfeel. Lagerish taste,even less hoppy than their regular lineup not quite up to the many ESBs I have had and enjoyed.
Hadthe dry hopped edition, on cask, at 2009 Volo English cask fest. It had a pleasant peachy colour. There was bitterness, but it was rather off. Watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear brown with a tall off white head, retained respectably with some random blobs of lacing
S - very sweet and sour aroma, molasses and some adjunct, a little odd for the style
T - a big nutty malt start with some molasses, light earthy hop notes, not what I expect in an ESB but it is tasty
S - sticky yet light, finishing with a dry that builds through the finish
O - this one is tough because it tastes nothing like the bitter and malty ESB's I love, but it is tasty, just more akin to a nut brown ale, worth a try but the Russian judge gives a few .5 deductions on style

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Photo of jbonapar
1.76/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I decied to retry Mill Street as i know people who love their stuff.

Poured from a bottle into a a pilsner glass.

Light amber, minimal head.

Aroma....what aroma.. ESB? I dont smell anything apart from a subtle malt.

Taste....Hmmm...Minerally, "corn" like...Tastes like a lager. Very very light with a crips finish. I'd say almost 0 hop in here. I can barely perceive any bitterness. I'm comparing this to a good ESB like FUller's and Propeller. This is just undrinkable to me.

Reminds of a big-brand discount beer. Again, Mill Street disapoints. I have no idea how people are so impressed with this place. I suppose its meant for the Masses but there are FAR better ESB's out there. This is a lager, not an ESB.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light dry caramel malt notes with some light dry hops. Taste is a mix of dry caramel malt notes with some light subtle hops at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing bad here though nothing earth shattering either.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Medium copper colour; translucent. Half a finger of off-white head formed and quickly receded to a few bubbles. Some yellow/orange glow around the edges of glass.

S - Caramel and toffee aromas up front balanced by an earthy and floral bitterness from the hops.

T - Floral and earthy notes from the hops up front with a light to moderate bitterness. The malt bill provides a good balance and notes of caramel and toffee.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy with light carbonation.

O - An enjoyable session beer and very easy drinking but not memorable.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dry hopped version on cask at Volo as part of their pre-cask days.

Arrives a nice caramelly brown with minimal head, nothing too exciting here, leaves lacing down a good portion of the glass.

Nice light leafy British hop presence, leaves a pleasant balanced bitterness in the mouth, decent finish. Toasty caramel malt base, hint of lemon in there. Very drinkable would be extremely refreshing in the summer, enough bitterness to please the discerning drinker. For an ESB, for 4.5%, for Ontario - this is a fine, well made drinker and thirst quencher.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear dark copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hay/straw, caramel/butterscotch, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and some hops. The is also a bit of chocolate flavour going on. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a light hop bitterness.

Overall – For me it had a little bit too much of a chocolatey taste, but it was still enjoyable. There are far better examples of the style available to me locally however. Not a waste of money, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of liamt07
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewpub store, 355ml into a tulip. Listed at 4.6%ABV.

Clear orange-brown with a few fingers of sorta thick off-white head. GOod lace and only a bit of head retention. Not much on the nose, some vague earthy and bready notes and touch of hops. A touch of grass and caramel. Taste has some warm caramel and toasty malts, some earthier hop notes as well. A mild metallic note as well. Mouthfeel is medium, with a pretty low carbonation. Nothing too wrong with this beers, but nothing special about it either. Could be sessionable, but not something I'd seek out really.

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Photo of philmen
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a pub ale glass.

Appearance: Amber-copper colour with a creamy-beige head that sticks around for a bit then thins to a layer of surface foam.

Smell: Woody roasted malt aromas.

Taste: A tasty and refreshing malt flavour that gives way to more intense hop flavours at the end. The aftertaste is moderately heavy and sweet.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a ride with a softer start and then more action as the hops come forward.

Overall: Not a bad beer by any means, I could definitely put a few of these away.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Idrankthat
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Watershed
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NorthernSoul
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of bryehn
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Mill Street Brew Pub on 07/15/2011. Served in an American-style pint glass.

Poured an absolutely beautiful rusty amber colour with a frothy light cream-coloured head that stuck around as a thick film until the end of the glass. Extremely appealing.

Smelled of raisins and chocolate as well as dark malts. A dark or candied cherry smell opens up after warming.

Taste was chocolate-forward, with hints of grape and dark, bready malts and a really solid hoppy bite that had a citrus kick I'd normally associate with an IPA. Simple, but well-executed.

Smooth-drinking and creamy thanks to the thick film. Light-bodied overall, but did leave a bit of a resin aftertaste on my tongue.

A great session ale that washed down a greasy, starchy poutine nicely. If they bottled and distributed this I'd buy it all the time.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at volo.

A: Amber-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Hop-forward with a pleasant maltyness. Well-rounded hop profile (pine, earth, citrus & spice) with malty backbone (bread & caramel).

T: Earthy citrus, caramel & bread, modest bitterness, hints of ale fruityness.

M: Moderate body, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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