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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2384   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
RobBestwick (587) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
solid malty nose, copper hue with a small white head, malty with some sharp hoppy bitterness, flavours are held together by honeyish esters from the house yeast, excellent bitter

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Medium amber in appearance. Nice hop and malt balance with caramel and slightly roasted flavors coming through. Good hoppiness and very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Not very "bitter" by any means. Very well-balanced and soft on the palate. Damn tasty indeed. I am originally from Cleveland and the Cooked River ESB is the only brew in this category that tops Fuller's classic version IMHO.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2003
I found this beer to have a good combination of flavor and bitterness.The more I drank of this beer, the more I liked it.I did not find this beer to have a lingering taste to it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a very nice malty aroma. The pour yielded a medium white head full of small bubbles with a nice transparent amber color with little to no lacing. My initial taste had no foretaste, but some bitter aftertaste and a very mild flavor. A very easily drank brew that I found much to my liking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1939) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2003
my first ESB, not as hoppy as i expected, but it finished with a nice bite of hoppiness that didn't over power the beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
great bitter ... flavor was very pleasent and finished well ... was expecting more on mouthfeel from the color ... also seemed a bit fizzy ...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1308) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Amber beer with a full nice head. Good bitters on aroma. Nice bitters at first and finishing very dryly. Wonderful beer. Good mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Fullers ESB is a pleasant Extra Special Bitter. It is amber in colour and has a good head retention for the style albeit the frothy silk is thin and white. It has the typical flavours for an ESB - some toasted, bready malt flavours coupled with a pronounced fruity aleness and light diacetyl (butter). It has a light hop bitterness and flavour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
amber colour, white head. a very nicely balanced mix of apples, caramel, malt and leafiness. good balanced bitter finish.


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