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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2494   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3459) - 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 (5975) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Pours clear amber with a nice long lasting head. Good feel and the flavor is great. Clean finish that's slightly bitter. Maybe the best of this style. Has a sell by date on the label. Very important for imports.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown color with a medium white head. Has a nice caramel malt flavor with a smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2003
my bottle (from corkers in Newcastle) was 'bout 18 months over the use by date, but it was still fairly nice. Very nutty, perhaps from age etc. Decent soap-suds head. Hops are peppery and nice. I like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2003
On tap. Has an amber-like appearence and flavor with a bitterness all-around. It seems to be a good standard for bitters.


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