Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 2539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Brewed at 5.5% ABV in cask and 5.9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such.
ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Had this one at volo italian cafe on August 18th. Was told that I had the absolute last bottle of the brand in town since they were switching over to fullers premium as a tap brew. Kept the bottle. A nice dark rust color... donít let the name fool you though -- a tad bitter but full of caramel, cherry, and sweet malt flavors. I will be very sad if this one is disconitnued.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2004
On tap at BBC in Hyannis: Pours to a deep, clean amber with a thick, small tan head. Tons of malt in this aroma, caramel, toffee, pepper, and fruit. I wasnít expecting this beer to be very good, although now I donít know why. There was a very full feeling to the palate that I really enjoyed coupled with the dry finish and bitterness. The assertive malt characteristics were nicely balanced by the bitterness from the hops. Very nice ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2004
A wonderful full rich malty ale. This is one of fullers finest and should be appreciated rather than just drunk. Malt predominates and is well balnced with just the right amount of bitterness. Not an ideal summer ale this is one to be savoured on a cold winters night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2004
Mid brown, lightly carbonated, very clear, with a thin white head. Malty aroma with a hint of toffee like sweetness. Full malt flavour, balanced nicely with hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
Bottled, only about a month before BBF date. Deep amber, with a thick, light tan head. Somewhat dark, yet transparent. The aroma is quite full. Slightly caramel like malts and a bit of fruit that Iím not sure of. Balance is what hits first when sampled. The fullness of the palate is very appropriate to the fullness of flavour and the hopping is refreshingly bitter, yet harmonizing well with the malts. Very nice maltiness, with restrained sweetness. The hoppiness is very appealing to me, but surprises me by reminding me of American brews, a bit like an IPA tamed. Very much what I was hoping for. Strangely, the hoppiness is very up front, and actually mixes it with the malts in the aftertaste. This might be a top session and great with a lot of foods. Will someone send me a cask?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Pours a nice copper color with great head and lacing, low carbonation. Aroma is sweet malts, peppers, and a slight fruit aroma. Flavor is initially sweet and fruity, then long, dry and bitter. The Goldings really come out well and lend a great flavor. Palate is sufficient, though a bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Does Fuller’s make a beer that isn’t top-notch? London Pride, 1845, the Porter, and ESB.... all fantastic. To me, this ESB tastes a lot like the London Pride, only bitter. Quite bitter in fact, the way it ought to be. I can still taste various notes in this beer changing 10 seconds after I drink a sip. I especially enjoy the buttery tastes in the finish, which I can taste in all of their beers. I need another! This beer is great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2007 October 2nd 2007 re-rate <P> The aroma is quite fruity with white grape accents and lots of low key maltiness. Light copper colored with a diminishing tan head. Crisp, but sweet mouth feel with a decent dose of bitterness and a touch of nuttiness. Still very decent. <P> Original rating was a 3.7 <P> The aroma is quite fruity with white grape accents and lots of low key maltiness. Fruit, Malt and Nutty aftertastes come out in abundance once it warms up a little, but initially the bitterness is the most noteable feature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2004
Excellent beer. No wonder this sets the standard for other ESBís. Big head with good lacing all the way to the bottom of the pint. Delicious malty, fruity taste and the right amount of bitterness in the finish. Full and very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (640) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2004
I bought this at the little liquor store in town. So when I got it home and saw the 3-03 BB date I wasnít that surprised. I donít know how long it had been in the cooler tho,probably awhile. Upon first inhale got hit with a pretty big malty aroma,Poured a typical amber with a mild short lived head. Ok,now for the taste. Pretty malty sweet taste that left the lips sticky.Hints of nuts and subtle fruit but I canít detect what kind. I would like to make notes on how it changed as it warmed but it is almost gone already. Hmmm,should I tap the credit card and buy him out? Hmm.

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