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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2301   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Archimedes99 (27) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Upon opening the bottle of Fullerís, I could smell the malts. The head formed was more filmy than foamy and was rather unimpressive. The taste was malty with what seemed like a hint of burnt caramel. A very dry taste with a bitter aftertaste that lingered momentarily after the beer had already been set down. I havenít sampled a great many bitters in my short time as a taster, but this is generally just a quality beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Bottle. A brownish amber color with a foamy tan head. The nose has tons nice malts and some burnt caramel. A quality bitter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Great ESB, weak small head. Medium to light carb, very thin and light but with adequate body and fullness of flavor. Dry and bitter aftertaste, I expected a more bitter finish than it had. Still a great ESB though, its just hard not to be too critical.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Pours a nice amber color, same head as other fuller brews. For some reason, every fullers Iíve had from a bottle have been past the best before date. Anyways, smells and tastes slightly sweet and bitter with a nice, but unimpressive hop/malt finish. Overall: beer. :)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Malty aroma out of the bottle. Deep rich copper color. Although termed a bitter it is very balanced--not like an IPA. Not overly hoppy at all. The benchmark ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Motomille99 (7) - Salt Lake, Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2003 does not count
Holy carbonation batman. The first pour gave a great head that quickly dissapeared. The color is a nice creme carmel. Iím not much for ales but this one was actually nice. Smooth malt finish and not overly bitter.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpuuk99 (1) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2003 does not count
The first half bottle is strong in taste. The second half of the bottle is strong in alcohol..... hmmmm, perfect.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Awesomw!!! Beautiful color with great belgian lace. A perfect blend of malts and hops

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kodos (200) - USA - DEC 30, 2002
As my first foray in the world of "bitters" Im thinking I may be an unenlightened noobie. Interesting hoppy profile. I lovew the color of this stuff, deep amber. The taste to me was definately astringent, funky and only slightly bitter. Not something I would drink again. I dumped 1/2 the bottle. This stuff maybe just isnt my cup of tea...heh

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2002
A very good example of a English ESB. Deep amber in color with a creamy white head. Very sweet caramel nose. Very smooth and malty, bitterness just balances this brew ideally. I would recommend this to everybody.


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