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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozarkspops (366) - - SEP 3, 2014
Mostly clear amber copper pour. Medium off white head that sustains with some lacing. Aroma is bright, bready, and yeasty. Some earthy light hop aroma as well. Clean light flavor. Bready malt, creamy mouthfeel, light hop flavor. Lingering medium sweet finish. Yeasty bread finish. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Percy0103 (193) - MEXICO - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. A dark amber beer with a foamy white head that fades away quickly. Aroma is of spices, chestnuts, malt and alcohol. Taste is bitter with a strong alcoholic finish. Rich and dense with a roasted character. It has some carbonation and strong astringency. Aftertaste is very bitter and somewhat alcoholic. Not very drinkable, yet a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HammerTroll (518) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 1, 2014
Amber color, small white head. Caramel and malt aroma. Thin to medium body, average carbonation. Kind of creamy. Some sweetness, little bit more bitterness. Long light bitter finish. Spicy. Not bad.
(Pivoljub 0,5l bottle)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samcolly (2) - - SEP 1, 2014 does not count
Very nice orange and cherry aroma with a great mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste with a good malt backbone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jan23778 (104) - SPAIN - SEP 1, 2014
Pours a lovely light copper colour with a lasting white head. Fruity aroma but not overpowering. fairly sweet taste, nice body, not too carbonated. Has a slight bitterness in the finish that leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3041) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours clear amber color with beige head. Bready aroma with some caramel and nuttiness. Similar flavors. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (357) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2014
It pours amber in color with an off white head. As the head disappears, there is lacing. It has the aroma of cherries, toffy, caramel, and orange flavors. It has a surprising hit of cherry flavor, mix with toffee and caramel malts with an orange peel bite. It is mellow, but there is a bitter finish on the palate as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (267) - CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Pours a clear copper amber with one finger of light tan head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate chunky lacing. Nose is toffee/caramel malt, slight nuttiness, faint yeast and fruity hops. Taste follows suit with sweet caramel and biscuity malts leading the way for mild pepper and an almost delicate bitter finish. Medium to full body and moderate sustained carbonation, with a creamy mouth feel and dry finish. I generally find English Bitters to be a touch boring, and this is no exception. That being said, itís pleasant, well-behaved, and highly sessionable. This is very much a beer for a few pints in a dim and smoky pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1222) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2014
This is the beer I compare all other ESBs too. Iíve had it before, but never rated it. Color- chestnut with thin head. Malts are bready, caramel, and toffee. Hops are more there as bittering than anything else, not really citrus character they mention in description. However, there is a lot of cherry in the nose and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (544) - CROATIA - AUG 25, 2014
Hazy deep amber color, thin tan head. Medium body, lively carbonation. Aroma of caramel, hops, grass, malt. Balanced sweet and bitter taste. Texture is creamy and finish slightly dry. Very interesting.

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