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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 2518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2112) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours nut Brown with a beige head. Nice toffee aroma. Flavour has a surprising ammount of flavour. Nutty malt and sweet malty caramel with an everpresent hoppy backdrop. Reasonable bitterness. A very good bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (834) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Pours a clear amber color with a beige head. Fruity aromas along with some biscuit malt aromas as well on the nose. Very well-balanced beer with good bready malt character, light hops and fruity esters all sharing the stage. Nice bitter dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3062) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2015
On tap at Gwangan Taphouse. A deep amber color with a filmy beige head. Medium bodied the taste is biscuity caramel with a light hop bite. Solid & easy drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TH28 (254) - - MAY 8, 2015
330ml bottle. 8/3/15 code date. Appearance: Reddish copper, clear, with a moderate white foam cap. Aroma: Fruity, candy like English yeast esters, with some biscuity, toffee malt notes. Taste: Sweet, biscuity malt, with some molasses. Moderate herbal hop bitterness. Hint of bread crust on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Finish: Lingering bready, toasted crust flavors. Overall: Leans toward the malty side, sweeter than I expected. Bitterness is there, but reserved. Wonderful fruity yeast and malt aromas.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Calisky (1673) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 4, 2015
Couleur ambrée légère mousse beige. Nez de pomme caramélisées et alcool. Gout de vieille pomme/orange, alcool, note butterscotch et note houblonnée épicée. Bon corps. Fin caramel, alcool, fruité. Bien moins bonne que ce a quoi je m’attendais, moi qui aime les ESB et celle la est la mieux coté. ... Décu

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rikstar (1410) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
0,5l fles bij de slijterij uit de mare vandaan. Amberkleurig met een witte kraag. Geur en smaak met noten, caramel en toffee. Body is medium. Aardig, maar niet echt bijzonder.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toomio (337) - Joensuu, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Magia ilman Millaa. Killin pubin karaokekalja. Makee juoma. Oikein ostettava joka tapauksessa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (440) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2015
from bottle poured with a fine wafty aroma of fruit earthy nutty malt & deeply golden brown tastes well balanced full of hops fruity caramel toffee sweet flavours lightly bitter oily texture went down really well

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (711) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours copper-ish brown with a small white head. Aromas of nuts, hay, bread, old hops, citrus. Taste is about the same, slightly bitter. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (1223) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
Finally getting that elusive ESB rating. Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Aroma is slightly sweet and malt forward with a good amount of caramel and light toffee notes. Some light nuttiness and moderate toasted bread. Medium light fruit esters, especially raisin, plum and fig. Moderate woody hop character. Pours a clear copper red with some brown hues and a small, thick, slightly off-white head that exhibits good retention as it recedes to a thin film that lingers. Moderate lacing and faint legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some medium caramel and light toffee flavors. Lighter toasted bread and nuts with a hint of butter. Medium light fruit notes of raisins, plums and figs. Medium light bitterness with medium low woody, spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright beer with quite a bit of malt character and balanced esters and hop notes. Definitely not my preferred hop profile or really malt profile for that matter.


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