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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 The best bitter I ever had. And I've only had bottles. If I ever get to England and drink this from the cask, I might lose control of my faculties.( In retrospect, wouldn't take much.) Update, even better the second time!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Not a very complex beer. Good auburn color, thin head. Mild malt with fruitiness and a touch of bitter. Another good "wash-it-down" beer

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Poured clear with a foamy head. Sweet malt aroma. Full, smooth taste. Nice going.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
Pours a nice clear copper colour with a thin white head. caramel malt aroma. Woodsy malt flavour with a nice bitterness and mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 (Bottled, another Re-rate 31 Dec 2004) Beautiful red/dark amber color with a medium, off-white, tight and lacy head. Dryish, burned-malty aroma with oakiness, nuts and almonds, plus a hint of metal. Burned-malty, dry and quite bitter flavor with oak barrel and peanut. The very aromatic hops make a really nice combination. Strong, bitter, slightly astringent aftertaste. Medium-bodied, somewhat warming, very dry and bitter palate with balanced carbonation. No signs of alcohol. A very nice, strong-flavored and reasonably complex bitter, although slightly metallic. At its best when drank quite cool. Canít quite compete with Jšmtlands Postiljon or Nynšshamns BedarŲ Bitter, though (at least when bottled).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Malt and hops in the aroma. Red and clear with a big head. Flavors of bitter malt and fruit. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Fullers ESB is a stout brew that has a very good flavor overall. Very smooth, no aftertaste to speak of really. Very likeable beer over all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 Clear amber with a thick diminishing off white head. Aroma of light bread, caramel, dough and biscuits. Medium watery body with soft carbonation. Flavor filled with bread, biscuits, and caramel, with hints of spice, herbs, and citrus. Good, although a bit overrated.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Pours a clear reddish-amber, no head really, just a thin layer. Nose is mostly malt, though the hops are definately there. Malt flavors, slightly woody/nutty, finishing bitter. A bit of a weak mouthfeel as it seems a bit watery.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
not a whole lot different from the London Pride except for a bit more hop presence. Out of the bottle it came across to me as weak and watery, on tap it had a great bite to it.


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