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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottled. Pours a lovely light amber color, with a frothy head that dissapates rather quickly. Bready, biscuity taste with a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
A little grainy along with butter aroma. Deep dense honey gold color accompanied by a frothy head that turns into a film over the beer. Extremely bitter, but good. Flavor has a slight honey and butterscotch behind the mainly strong and prominent wheat and grain bread flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Beautiful color. English ale aroma. Gentle carbonation. Rich mouthfeel. Most wonderful malt and bitter balance. Finishes dry with lingering caramel and hop tone with a firm, yet not overpowering bitterness. Seductive. Top of its class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Tap. Light copper color, a bit of a white head, not much lacing on my glass. Aroma is nice and fruity, not much else. Flavor is very bitter, pretty light, not much malt character or anything else like that, I thought it was kind of weak. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. In my opinion, the Rogue is a much better example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
"Beer engine" at Romanís Pub. Nice coppery hazy body with a thick creamy white head. I didnít really take any notes, but it had a fresh light fruity hop body, nice and soft. Very drinkable and pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
I had this from a beer engine at Romanís. The appearance is copper with a thick creamy head. The lacing... geez, could it stick to the glass more? :) It actually dried on the glass. Aroma is a sweet red grape yogurt. A bit weak. Thereís other stuff that I canít detect. The palate is thin to medium mouthfeel that is slightly dry. The flavor is a sweet red grape covered by bitter hops. This beer is good (for a bitter), but I donít think itís as good as people are rating it (as a beer).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Found this at the corner Osama store. Very,very good! Bottle pored a dark copper with a small head but nice stringy lacing. Aroma of light malts. Flavor is great! East sweet malt, smoke, caramel, hopps on the palate. This beer was really good! I will be going back to the Osama store to get more of these!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1888) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 6, 2005
Vibrant brown with a red tinge. Modest head shows ok retention. Malty nose contains an almost confectionary like note - very nice. Palate follows up beautifully; more malty notes with caramel and nutty flavours abound. Shows wine like complexity. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. Dark red gold with a fluffy ivory head that faded quickly Nose: piney hops and vanilla. Taste: caramel malt, almonds, hazelnuts and toffee overlaid on a strong hop background. A nice, balanced beer, but not my particular cup of brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Retasted 31/08/2007. 500ml bottle from Thordon New World. Malt balanced - I love that yeast! - with a good flourish of fruity spicy hops and a shade too much carbonic character. 2005 comments pretty much sum up the situation, though I picked up a good deal of nutty/bready malt flavour that wasnít noted last time. Tasted 03/01/2005. 500ml bottle. Pours a lovely rose gold with a thin white pillowy head. Aroma is orange, peach yoghurt and boiled sweets. Some goldings in there I believe. Strong malt flavour with a slight burnt toffee taste. Palate is left with a slightly burnt bitterness also.

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