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

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RATINGS: 2485   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1087) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Nice light red color. Little head retention, but it still looks pretty good. Wonderful aroma.. strong malt and a little butterscotch and earth notes. Taste is fantastic. Malty with a slight hop bite to it. Very smooth, with a barely discernable bitter finish. The wonderful taste of this beer lingers long after drinking. This is a damn good beer... worth the 9 bucks I paid for the sixer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Nice hop and malt balance, with the hops giving a distinctive kick to the tastebuds.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (7284) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2004
This beer has a lot and a lot of beer in it. Pure and strong. Malty and a fine, neutral hoppyness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2534) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 On tap at Fullers Brewery, Chiswick 2004: Amver color, fruity nose, soft carbonation. Kind of a bloomy taste. Cereal taste. This is one of the beers that get"s the dry hops added at the end that comes through as it is more bitter than the IPA (where this is not the end procedure).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Crisp, very drinkable, wonderful aroma, perfectly balanced. Much better than some of Fuller's other items.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3224) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2004
This a rich bronze colored beer. Complex malty aroma with notes of caramel. The malty complexity is echoed in the flavor which finishes somewhat dry. Very well done ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tswhitehead (6) - USA - FEB 13, 2004 does not count
Aroma reminds me a bit of cookie-dough, with a hint of cinnamon. No, butterscotch seems more appropriate. The appearance is a near flawless deep copper, with a minimal head, but nice lacework. The flavor is a combination of maltiness and butterscotch, with a subdued hoppiness at the end. The flavor seems to go on without end. The palate is buttery smooth and lively. Overall, I was really impressed with this beer.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2004
very strange aroma that I can't quite identify; nice red-amber color with a thin head that quickly disappears; complex taste, slightly astringent - malt, alcohol, hops

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Beautiful red to amber color with a nice full head. Malty, alcoholic, caramel, nutty nose. Vanilla malty nutty flavor. Crisp and full-bodied palate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
raymow (962) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Any way you look at it, this is just a damn fine beer. Great amber color and sweet butterscotch aroma. Tastes great.


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