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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2351   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Quite enjoyable. Smells exactly like (but tastes nothing like) Sam Smithís Nut Brown Ale. Very nice dark amber color with nice lace that builds to a mild head around the sides of the glass. More malty than bitter, but still very tasty. Not likely to overly excite a straight-out hophead, but I will definitely buy it again. Very nice winter ale with a nice dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1475) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Pours a deep amber bordering on reddish brown with a finger and half worth of off-white head. Carbonation is mild and a nice bitter hop character balances smootly with malt caramel flavor underlying. The head is quickly diminishing, but leaves behind ample lacing. A fine easy drinker!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 One of my favorite memories comes from attempting to "ween" my youngest from the habbit of wanting a sip from my beers when she was only two years oldd or so. Thought this one would make her stop, but NO - she wanted MORE! Iíve since lost the taste for this I once had, but enjoy the buterscotch and other flavors now and again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3318) - 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 (14340) - 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!


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