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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2425   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shleep (6) - ICELAND - OCT 13, 2003 does not count
good hoppy aroma, a little sweet flavor, but not overly so. nice balanced flavor, a good beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LarsHolmer (112) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2003
This must be what Ushers had in mind when they created their Tawny, rich in the nose, full of extracts and bitterness in the palate, and another one please!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10462) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2003
Nice hoppy nose, with a medium head. Beautiful red/orange hue. Wonderful malt and hops in mouth, very well rounded, with some caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2003
Clear amber/copper in colour. Aroma was of floral hops, quite earthy. Flavour was a little sweet, grassy, some caramel. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2003
Amber brown colour with off white pillowy head that lasts. Honey malt toffee caramel aroma. Flavour of caramel hop and malt. Dry mouth feel boardering on creamy. Great bitters on the back of my tounge.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2003
Dark amber with hints of ruby. Long-lasting thick, creamy white head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of toffee and caramel with some grassy hop notes. Bitter and sweet flavour. Roasty notes with toffee and caramel. Long bitter finish with some notes of burnt sugar.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
Bottled. Pours red amber with a slight white head, and timid lacing. Aroma is lightly malty with some hops in it as well. Flavour is nicely balanced malt and hops. A nice bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Burnt orange / red / copper colour with a thin white head. Sweet roasted caramel or toffee scent. Taste has a fair bit of hoppy bitteness both intitially and in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
This copper colored ale shows nice clarity and pours with a strong head with excellent retention and develops a nice rocky quality as it subsides. The lace clings to the glass and refuses to slide down, content to stay put throughout the entire glass. The aroma is almost all sweetness, with a hint of hops to lend a spicy note. The taste is exquisite, with a very pronounced caramel sweetness like I have never tasted before. There is some nice hop spice in the finish. The aftertaste is lingering but very pleasant. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but it matches the flavor profile

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
dingo (37) - USA - SEP 27, 2003
I'm not a fan of this beer...not at all. It is a true esB...capital B for the bitter. The flavor is tough to nail down...hoppy for sure. The head is fast to fade and the pour is a nice color. I've had it, two bottles not...that'll be it for me.


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