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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2351   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Brownish amber color, poured with a decent sized head. Very well balanced and satisfying beer, bitter of course but quite drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 28, 2003
A giant, filled with malt and hops, the ESB in its absolute. An overwhelming bitterness and strong alcohol kick. Fantastic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2003
One of the better ESB's I have had. What else to say but it is bitter and it very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chevboy (37) - Millgrove, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2003
I had a few pints off of a keg. I noticed a fruity aroma. deep amber colour and a small but lasting head. mildly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pwyman (71) - Hubert, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Dark amber color, thin lasting head. A touch of coffee in the Malty flavor. Taste lasted but stayed pleasant. Highly recommended to anyone who likes a mild bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2754) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 Upon pouring, the sour-apple aroma is amazing but it quickly wanes to a shadow of its former self. Lovely chestnut color. Thin but lasting head leaves complex webs of lace. I was surprised by a coffee-like flavor that lurked in the malts. As it warms, some fruitiness peaks out from behind the bittering hops. Easy drinking with sharp carbonation. Some earthy tones come out in the finish which melts in your mouth like butter especially as the beer warms. A lovely effort by the good people at Fuller Smith and Turner.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2003
I've always had a soft spot for Fullers since being in London 15 years ago. ESB is a classic for its style. Very malty with a somewhat bitter finish, I'd got to go back one of these days and get one at their pubs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2003
Dark amber in color. Very small head, just a few scattered bubbles really. A well balanced nose with the sweetness (Caramel) of the malts and the floral hops melding without one overpowering the other. Some apricot pit undertones, slight alcohol scent as it warms. Hops are much more evident on the tounge than in the nose. The initial sweetness is quickly subdued by the bitterness of the hops. But the malts refuse to give ground and the result is a bittersweet tounge tango. Quite good but I prefer the sweeter and more floral hopping of Alaskan's ESB. This is one I can't wait to try from the tap!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Pours a dark golden/copper color with a decent, off-white head. The aroma is malty and sweet with caramel, toffee and a touch of sweet fruit. A pretty good malt flavor with toffee and a little raisin seeming to dominate. The hops in the finish provide for nice balance and drinkability. A good bitter, to be sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2003
light copper color with a little haze. fair head retention with tight, small tan bubbles. the aroma is marked by toffee notes a slight hint of malt behind the toffee and an even slighter amount of hop aroma and fruitiness. the sweet malt and diacetyl toffee flavors the the first things evident on the mouth. the hop flavor is moderate with light bitterness which balances the seet malt well. finishes with a hint of green apple. the medium body with medium-low carbonation fills the mouth well. there is a slight warming effect too. very good beer with good display of balance, my only problem with it is that the diacetyl levels seem a little high for the style.


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