Best Bitter | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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Brewed by:
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada
picaroons.ca

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PiratePete on 11-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of ewpass
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pleasant well-balanced bitter. Malty start, bitter finish. Great beer!

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Photo of Grogsky
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 ml bottle purchased and consumed in Nova Scotia.

This is a good looking and well crafted ESB, with plenty of malt flavor and just the right amount of mild bitterness. The red-brown body has excellent clarity and is topped by a large, bone-colored head. Good malty aroma with spicy hops. Smooth, medium-full body; Proper, soft carbonation.

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Photo of StephenPerr
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vold
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mistahmojoryan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of razorsdescent
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I quite like the complicated things that unfurl in this beer. The sweet, syrupy, spicy smell and flavour help set this apart from many beers I have consumed recently. Tea, caramel, toffee and fruitcake flavours all blend together in a very happy way. My first Picaroons, but it won't be my last.

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Photo of Slongie
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper and amber colors with strong subtle activity. Creamy beige sparkly 2 finger head, lasting 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Nice caramel and spicy hops smell. Flavors of toffee, molasses, dark berries, apples, lemon, coriander, and herbal spices. Well balanced syrupy sweetness having a bready feel, coupled with a pleasant sharp citrus, fruity, and spicy grassy feel.

Slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong finish of medium length, ending with some crisp citrus sourness and thick noble spices on the tongue.

Overall a solid craft offering excellent flavors that are well balanced and intensified, with crispy freshness. A little heavy on the spices but still enjoyable.

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Photo of MattCampbell
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterPro125
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Dark Brown/Amber topped by a thick 2 1/2 finger off-white had that has excellent retention. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Bready malts, sweet caramel/toffee sweetness, dark ripe fruit, and an earthy hop bitterness.

T- Taste follows the aroma pretty well except for an odd metallic note that drops in around the finish. Not off-putting in any way, just odd. Definitely more hops than a standard ESB.

M- Smooth Medium but little carbonation to speak of.

O- Another solid beer by Picaroons. Easy drinking and pretty tasteful. Like I said above, this beer has quite a bit more Hop bitterness than a standard ESB and would probably do better without. With that being said, it's not bad at all and gives a little bit of zing to this ESB.

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Photo of Shadman
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells awesome. Sadly taste just doesn't match...needs a bit more on the malt end to balance out the bitterness in order to move up into the upper ESB tier

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Photo of souvenirs
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'd heard good things about Picaroon's so when I went looking for craft beer at the local NSLC while visiting my parents, giving it a go was an easy decision.

The label describes it as pale, but it's definitely not. It's actually fairly dark, more of a brown/dark amber. Aroma and flavour of toffee sweetness. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of mcormier79
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Prcass
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Nightwing
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of sdm9465
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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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