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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2424   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
strong caramel aroma, molasses and hops. Pours a lovely copper brown, head is foamy and dense, quality lacing. Burnt caramel flavour, with nice presence of hops. Body is satisfying. Very smooth and well balanced. An enjoyable bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Nice all the way around. Good malts and hops without being overpowering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Re-rate: I have to balance my rating between the bottle and nitro pumped version. Bottle is not nearly as good, but as a draft: Great start that smells like biscuits and an even better finish, crisp but nutty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Pours a good amber color. With 1/4 inch head that lasted several minutes. Flavor is malty and bittery - works well as an ESB. Overall, this is very good - as are all Fuller's products I've had.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Update: 22.02.08, 50cl bottle, bbe 20.11.08. Very clear amber-tan hue with an unimpressive, foamy, off-white head. Muddled aroma has an earthy theme and allows me to catch glimpses of damp linen, pepper, light toffee, peaches and tea. Sometimes it gets a bit salty or catty. Semi-sweet flavour is softly salty, finishing fruity with peaches and a floral bitterness. Light tea astringency builds from the first sip. Medium bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation...flimsy. Soft, without intrigue.

50 cL bottle, pint glass, 50 degrees. Finally! The local stores have started carrying this again! Very large, rocky, frothy, well lasting off-white head is on a clear red-amber body. Cookie, caramel malt; mostly flowery, but a little piney hops. Aroma is pretty simple, but quite inviting. Oh...now thatís tasty. Definitely a malt dominant ESB. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately bitter finish. No acidity. Great creamy body, medium weight, soft carbonation. A highly drinkable ESB. The bottom line is: I didnít know it until now, but when I thought of what a great pint of ale should taste like, it was this beer. Original rating: 8, 4, 7, 4, 15 = 3.8.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Pours a medium amber, nice off-white head that slowly recedes and laces very nicely. Aroma is lightly malty, slightly fruity, and medium on the hoppiness. Flavor is sweet and fruity maltiness, ending with a decent hop finish. Body is on the fuller side of medium, super easy drinking, very tasty.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 I have had this ESB on tap in London and bottled in the States. A fine example of an ESB. Strong flavor, but not too strong to have a pint or two with dinner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2003
Amber, sparkling, pretty thick beige head, slightly lace. Strong, but creamy & smooth, caramel-like, flowery, notes of butter or toffee. Full body, balanced, creamy, caramel-like and easy to drink. Moderately bitter, a bit alcohol-like, notes of butter and nuts. Bitter, creamy and long finish.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Full body, I get heavy plum, pear, and unfortunately a little stale cardboard taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Wow, this one was great. Dark amber colour with a medium head to it that left a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Hops in the nose and taste but mostly a caramel flavor. Not too bitter with a medium finish to it. Good stuff


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