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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2004
I bought this at the little liquor store in town. So when I got it home and saw the 3-03 BB date I wasnít that surprised. I donít know how long it had been in the cooler tho,probably awhile. Upon first inhale got hit with a pretty big malty aroma,Poured a typical amber with a mild short lived head. Ok,now for the taste. Pretty malty sweet taste that left the lips sticky.Hints of nuts and subtle fruit but I canít detect what kind. I would like to make notes on how it changed as it warmed but it is almost gone already. Hmmm,should I tap the credit card and buy him out? Hmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 Very clean looking amber color with a small head...smells a little malty with a very tart way about it...tastes sweet with a crisp bitter finish...this is a fantastic example of ESB...goes great by itself or excellent with a heavy food...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Pours a beautiful deep clear amber with a rocky off-white head. Taste is malty and woody with the perfect amount of sweetness. Solid hop presence. I picked up notes of peat and light fruitiness. Nice bitter aftertaste with a slight alcohol buzz to it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Great lacing and head retention on this one. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2004
The Beer Pours a remarkable White Frothy Rootbeerish Head. The Colour is Reddish. The Aroma is kinda faint with some malts and hops evident as well as some sweetness. The Mouthfeel is kinda soft but then a mixture of flavours comes through loud and clear. The Flavour is well balanced with Malts in the forefront and hops in the background. In the middle I detect the Flavour of Nuts, and some butter. This is one very enjoyable beverage and is no where as bitter as the name implies. It is very well balanced. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2004
bottle. Nice mild hoppy aroma. Carmel color, moderately size beige head that didnít last terribly long. The flavor is definitely bitter, but a bitterness that is seems to have a little bit of grapefruit to it. Smooth palate, with very little carbonation. A definitely hoppy aftertaste. A very satisfying drink at the end of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Tried on a friendís recommendation, and I really enjoyed it. Poured an attractive red-tinged amber with substantial white head. Aroma was a wonderfully malty, sweet caramel scent, somewhat different from the following flavor. As expected, the predominant flavor was a crisp hop bitterness, but this taste was accompanied by a well balanced malt sweetness. This beer is simple in the most delightful way: easy to drink, but full of well-balanced flavors and a great aroma. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Bottle: BBD 13/Dec/04: Fruity, floral, musty aroma; solid sweet malty base, slighty nutty, tangy, slight oxidation; solid caramel and toffee notes; bitter floral finish; nice balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Itís about time I tasted this one.. This isnít my favortie style, or one that I would normally try, but this brew was a very nice change for me. Pours a golden amber hue with a small slight off-white head. Aromas of malts, caramel and a little brown sugar, and the flavor follows the aromas. Semi-full mouth feel with a sweetness that lingers, yet is not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2004
poured amber with a med. size light tan head.aroma fruits, the fuzzy kind like peaches, malts, some caramel and butterscotch. flavor.malts and caramel, toffee hint of cherries. a nice mouth feel on this one with a nice bitter finish. one of the better esbs I have had

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Poured a medium reddish/amber color witha small white head. Malty smelling and very watery tasting with a slight bitter aftertaste. Did not hit me as anything special

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