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

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RATINGS: 2373   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2002
Nice color, aroma and appearance. iíve seen and smelled better but always in pubs closer to the source. This is about as good as youíll get from a bottled bitter. Flavor malty sweet with a hoppy finish like a good bitter should be. Slightly cloying though as the beer warmed up, which happens easily since the bottles are big. I would recommend splitting them with a friendto avoid the warm-up

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2002
A few bottles of this was my introduction to ESB. I always love it when my preconceived notions prove incorrect when sampling. This brew stood me on my head. I was expecting super hoppiness (Extra Special BITTER). This brew pours a clear brownish orange. The fully lasting huge creamy off-white head is exceptional with excellent lacing. The subtle and balanced nose speaks of toasted cereal, caramel, flowers, perfume, herbs, spruce, lemon/lime, dough, earth, pear, ginger, and other spices. The moderate flavor is crisp, clean, fresh, complex and well balanced. The long finish is fruity (raisins & dates), flowery, and bitter. The light soft creamy body finishes metallic with a light astringency. This would make for an outstanding session beer, and would be very good for cook-outs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2002
Clear amber in color, fluffy beige head, nice lace to coat the glass. Nose is light malt, the front is malt, the top light, the finish is nicely hopped although lighter than I like, minimal carbonation, slightly dry, a nice beer for a 97 degree day in Arid-Zona.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
Deep reddish tones with a medium head that lasted a while. More malts in the aroma than I expected and the hops had a sort of 7-up/ sprite nose instead of the straight up grapefruit that Iím so used to. A true palate pleaser. Itís bitter bite at the end didnít take away from the rich maltiness, just complimented it. Wonderful, wish I could have gotten a hold of that í99 stuff that rates so high!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2002
Beautiful red-copper color with a frothy head (and nice lace patterns). Sweet-malt nose. Smooth and clean mouthfeel, leaving a sensation of fullness, yet itís not too heavy... and itís fairly easy to drink. Complex malts get all the attention in this beer. Caramel-toffee goodness! And maybe even a little peanut brittle? Hops meld so well theyíre hardly distinguishable from the malt; but the more sips you take, the more the bitterness builds.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMG99 (10) - New York, USA - APR 10, 2002
Very malty, smooth bitter that is extremely easy to drink. Initial taste is creamy caramel. Another excellent offering from Fullerís.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - APR 9, 2002
First impression was excellent, until I noticed a hoppy/bitter finish that Iím not big on, definetly an enjoyable beer but the London Porter kicks this beers ass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5132) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2013 Very tasty, not at all bitter if you are used to IPAís. This is a well know beer that any beer geek should be familiar with.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2002
Lovely. Full maltiness to be sure, not as hopped in the finish, to my mind, as the commercial description states. Another (like Newcastle and Bass) in those íconversioní beers, from swill to really going after the good stuff...do you agree? Beautiful mouthfeel...creamy.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4240) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2002
Not the drink I was expecting. A strong bitter that has too much carbonation for my liking and a winey taste.


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