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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrKevvie (29) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2004
I remember drinking this in my 20ís in the UK, it used to be known as GBH(grevious bodily harm) for a reason. Excellent flavour and aroma, pours out wonderfully and is just a real ball tearer of a beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2004
Malt flavour very bitter for the first half of the glass, then balances slightly. Hops cut bitterness nicely and left warm feeling in mouth, although aftertaste is still nicely bitter. Full-flavored body and carbonated at first, balances quickly and cuts away some bitterness. Nice dark red color.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2004
Nice copper colour with small off white head. Aroma is malty, spicy and with some toffee. Flavor is bitter and with some sweetness. Palate is ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 Bottle. Nice amber pour with a loose one finger off white head. Nose is strong of malt, spice(almost a black pepper) and caramel. Great bitter flavor. The palate is clean and sharp. Flavor notes are of caramel, spice, and malt. The bitterness is perfect: it is good and bitter, but not so bitter that it is unenjoyable. The finish is dry and almost a little sweet. This is pretty much a perfect beer. The flavor is very complex and well balanced, the finish is sharp and full. This is the best ESB I have ever had, and it will be the gold standard which I use to measure other ESBís.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2004
500ml dark brown bottle and smart label-good packaging.The Griffin should have an eagle-like head. this one's been pinched from the Welsh Dragon.But I digress! Lovely hoppy aroma and then malt.Nice clear dark amber appearance.Malt flavour really bitter at first. This seems to recede as the glass empties.Full mouthfeel with dry finish.Lets you know in no uncertain terms that its a strong ale.Not my favourite Fuller's brew but not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
Bottle BB 2005 Copper-coloured and topped with 1" of creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet, zesty, spicy and herbal. Flavour is sublime, well balanced between malt and hops. Flavour is earthy, woodsy, with a hint of leather and some fruity sweetness. Long faintly bitter finish. Rich mouthfeel. This was a good well-balanced beer, but it didn't grab me the way I was expecting/hoping it to.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2004
Bottle. I'm sure it was a mistake to get it in the bottle, I'm sure it is much better on tap. It poured from the bottle looking pretty good, nice amber color and not much of a head. Aroma was really nothing, smelled a little like old bottled beer. Taste was not what I was expected, my tap water is more bitter than this. Again it just tasted like old bottled beer. How I would love to try this on tap.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - APR 15, 2004
this is the best bitter i've had. the aroma grabs you and says stop smelling and start drinking, very well balanced, flavor bvut has a strong bitter flavor that is great. has a it has a fresh not quite lemony taste that is great. so good you have to order a second to make sure.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
On draft at Anthony's old city pub. Nutty aroma, and really nutty flavor: Bass Ale's big brother. Big full round mouth feel. Empty pint glass coated with lace.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2004
Bottle. Doesn't come this way in the pub. Bitterness and beer. What's the fuss? Another Newkie Brown - all fur coat and no knickers.


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