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

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RATINGS: 2402   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Bottle. Copper-colored with an off-white head. Malty aroma with some hops mixed in. Initially sweet with a bitter hoppy finish. Dry. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Hard to say anything that hasn't already been said. Excellent beer! Moderate to heavy toasted malt smell with a light fruitiness that leans toward port. Small, white, diminishing, lace head on an amber body. Creamy brew hits the tongue sweet, but finishes oh so bitter and stays bitter on the tongue for a long time with a light alcoholic finish. Be sure to enjoy at the right temperature as that is essential to getting all the flavors!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2003
From bottle. Gorgeous clear amber/copper color, medium frothy white head that is mostly diminishing, some lacing. Light-moderate aroma of hops, malt, dough(?), but not as strong as I would have thought. Flavor is sweet initially, well-balanced though with nothing really shining through. Ends in a very bitter, long lasting finish. To my surprise, I didn't find this to be as outstanding as I expected. Still very good, but mainly nondememo or neutral among other bitters, at least to me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 13, 2003
Smell is bitter hops, wet grass and a slight bit of skunk. Gorgeous, red-gold or brass color to the body. The head is firm and white, beginning thick then laying along the top like a perfect white sheet. No holes show through. Fresh, medium bodied mouthfeel with a mid to low amount of carbonation. Taste is bold and bitter hops, balanced with some nuttiness and maybe just a pat of cocoa. The aftertaste is drying with more of the same flavors mentioned earlier and a little alcohol on the palate. An enjoyable beer, from what I understand is an outstanding brewery. Thats saying something. I normally do not favor English breweries, but I like this a lot and it really makes me want to open up my Fuller's Vintage '99 . Sampled from a 12 oz botle purchased at Total Wine in Mclean, Va.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Bottle, bright copper color with medium white head. Big malt aroma. Bitter and sweet malt flavor, dough, medium body, clean, hint of fruit, touch of chocolate and caramel flavors. Has a lingering malt finish. A nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 12, 2003
white head. small. nice and hoppy with well defined malt. . . . . . . . . . . . .quality

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 Bottle. I like this beer a lot. The beer is very well balanced with malt, hop bitterness, some fruit and and modest English hop aroma. Makes no sense that their ESB has higher alcohol than their IPA. Somebody at Fuller's needs a lesson.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4656) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2003
Copper coloured. Minimal but lasting head fueld by light carbonization. Bouquet of the air after a summer rain. Palate is smooth and very pleasing. Smooth malt taste with medium hops. My new favorite bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2003
IMHO this beer defines the style. Out of a bottle is no comparison to it on a cask in an English pub but it is still wonderful. Malty spicy aroma. Sparkling red with an off-white head. Wonderful mouth-feel, medium body but leaves an almost numb feeling from the bitter hops. Pretty bitter for an English beer. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4004) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
I had expected a lot from this one but was dissapointing.Nice copper apprearance and plenty of body as you would expect from a beer of this strength. But no real depth just a pleasant bitter with no outstanding qualities.Take the label of it and it could be one of many pleasant bitters you can buy from most supermarkets.


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