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Fullerís Anniversary Ale / Special Edition ESB

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Cask: Special. Brewed to mark the 160th anniversary of the brewery. Originally released as Red Diamond. Bottle Conditioned for Fullerís Fine Ale Club, and as Special Edition ESB for Michael Jacksonís Rare Beer Club.

Ingredients: 91.5% Optic Malt, 3.5% Crystal Malt and 5% Flaked Maize; Goldings. Dry hopped with Goldings and matured for 3 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 Bottle 00396. Burnt amber color with a nice sized white head. More hoppy in the aroma than the regular ESB with some caramel. I found this version to be more drinkable. Perhaps a bit sweeter and maltier. Perhaps a different hop was used, Iím really not sure. I do know I could drink this shit all day long, no problem. Taste and mouthfeel are silky smooth without the usual taste I get in my mouth from regular Fullers ESB (like I want to brush my teeth). Thanks to Brenda (Beandip) for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2692) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2005
bottle conditioned: Shiny copper. Loose head formation slowly condenses to a rocky patch. Just a hint of airy phenols and candied apples beneath richly nutty malts and fragrantly earthy hops. Weightless, but heavily active, carbonation. Creamy malt structure of baking bread and caramel-glazed nut nuances balance the initial earthy hop sting. Hoppy acidity goes unmasked due to the fuzzy texture. Sharp mineral notes simultaneously exaggerate the appetizing dryness and brash Goldings bitterness while combating the body-bolstering nuttiness which progressively strengthens. Malts eventually lose their intensity to the dry, perfumey hop finish as a mere dab of toasty huskiness lingers. Well made, but itís a touch too clean, flavorwise, and the fruitiness (apple) is a hindrance to the aromatic malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Cask@Twickenham BF. Had it under the name íRed Diamondí. Quite bitter stuff. Quite dry and grainy. There is a touch of sticky toffee, but quickly dries out with a woody, earthy hops bitterness. Slightly burnt, tea-like flavours. A bit salty. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2004
Cask conditioned at Twickenham beer festival 2004, day 2. The beer I was most eager to try. I travelled on the first day to Twickenham, meeting up with Chris_o and Duff. Despite promises of no beers being kept back and being told when we got there it would be on later that night, it did not materialise. So I returned with Duff the following day, to try a few more beers. This is the one I wanted to try the most.

Poured brown, with not too much in the way of a head. Aroma is typical Fullerís and typical cask Fullerís ESB, very nice. The beer itself is different to the regular ESB, still a strong, fruity and sweetish bitter, but this is hoppier & drier. The alcohol is more apparent also, but itís not anywhere close to being overpowering.

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