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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2385   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 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2003
A big surprise in this one. Named "Extra Special Bitter", this one gives a hint of burnt honey on the nose, and then delves into complex taste of bitter hops. It started life in 1969, but has the pedigree of a more traditional ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2003
On Cask in North America. Orange-copper w/ lovely finger of creamy foam. Great lacing. How a beer should look. The aroma was mildly fruity & malty w/ some hop notes but generally weak. Light, cream feel. Flavours were nicely balanced--moderately bitter w/ fresh malty notes--surprisingly fresh considering its voyage.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Surprised that I didn't like this as much as I expected. A decent bitter.

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 (2879) - 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.


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