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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 2298   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
last one I had ahad a touch of sour malt

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Full bodied taste that has less bitterness than I had expected. A bitter beer for the non-bitter drinkers.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
[Hand pumped, 19-11-2002, 6-4-7-4-14 (3.5)] Amber color, with just a thin collar, beautiful lace. Light aroma of hop. Good mix of hop, malt, light caramel almost turning into faint liquorice; waving between sharp bitterness and a residual sweetness; tar. Ending with a not too aromatic, but extra bitter final.
[Keg, 14-07-2002, 3-3-6-4-13 (2.9)] Amber colour, misty, poor head. Poor aroma. Despite the deceiving aroma, it has a pretty good taste: a quite light malt, that still can give consistency to the body (which is enough smooth, with some sweetness), and a rather powerful hopping, with a long and quite good final.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Publican (16) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2002
Keg version tasted at Mackieís in Toronto, a reddish orange colour with a hoppy nose, a mostly malty flavour with minimal hop bitterness. I find the bottled version more bitter

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Very simular to thier London Pride imo (which I also love) maybe slightly more bitter. Nice balance of malts and hops. Very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2002
This beer was okay. Maybe my sniffer was off, but it smelled kinda like brine shrimp/ seamokey water. It was a decent bitter, with an incredibly smooth flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2002
Roasted malt, with a touch of hop in the aroma. Deep amber, small vanilla head. Caramel and roasted malt flavour, with some nuttiness. Pleasantly bitter, very smooth and creamy. A fine Bitter!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Nice orange color with a white, quickly fading head. Excellent flavor and aroma. I prefer a slightly more bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz: (Bottle Conditioned Special Edition, N<sup>o</sup> 03071): dark, golden amber. Clear with red hues. Mostly diminishing white froth. Sweet, piney hop aroma with a nice, sourish malt component as well as some brown sugar. Piney flavour on top of a molasses like consistency. A large sweetness tries to balance this heavily hopped ale, but doesnít quite cut it. The traditional English malt flavours are pushed into the back sweet by the astringent & bitter hops and a strange SweetTart flavour. Long lingering bitterness that really was overpowering in this oneÖI will return with another rating in 6-8 months, hopefully the bottle conditioning with subdue the hops and let the malt come to the for frontÖ8/3/6/4/15
1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz bottle (regular version): Sweet malty aroma with a touch of caramel. Wonderfully clean and smooth. Great balance on the palate, leaves the mouth watering for more. 7/4/7/4/16

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2002
On tap: Amber color. Not much of a head. Hop and malt aroma. Citrus hop and mild spice flavor with hints of toffee and malt sweetness. Nutty soft finish. Excellent.


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