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

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RATINGS: 2478   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
My first "buttery" beer that I ever tasted (1990). Did not get it on tap until many years later. Somehow, the bottle seemed better (nostalgia?). Delicious either way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8637) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2004
Dark amber in colour. The aromas are biscuity malts with a good deal of spiciness. Flavours are malty with warming alcohol and a good dry, warming finish. A good strong bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 at the brewery in chiswick, on tap in states and in the bottle: this is another true classic in its category, if you want a little more alcohol and robust flavor then the london pride try this. nicely balanced crystal malts and a variety of hops with nice bitter aftertast. try it...youll love it!!!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
a very good beer. the look of this beer is very attractive - a clear dark amber. i liked the balance of malt and hops. a good bitter bite on the after taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3410) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Draft. Deep amber, OK head. Aroma is primarily of toffeish malts, with some frutiy hops. Flavor matches. Not as cloyingly sweet as I remember, actual rather well balanced. I used not to like this beer, but enjoyed this draft after not having tried it in years. Will revisit this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Deep amber color. Sweet malt Aroma. Med bodied, malt flavor, caramel, lite bitter ending.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 From the bottle,a great hop and nut flavour,an ok bitter

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2004
(Bottle) Aroma of Bit O' Honey candy. Dark amber color with dissipating tan head. Light lacing. Flavor of carmel followed by bitters. Truly wonderful. A little pricey, but worth it!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5962) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Dark red with a toffee head. Smooth and full-bodied. Overall, a good nutty-bitter beer. Recommended.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2003
Great copper colour, pours with a fluffy head and good lacing. Aroma is slightly malty, some caramel and some biscuit. Flavour is very nice and smoothly malty - really a great malt flavour. Seems like there's some amber malt in there too. Not really much hop character but a drying finish. I really like the malt flavour but I think this is just a bit one-dimensional.


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