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

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RATINGS: 2627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1259) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2016
Aroma is sweet, marmalade, bready, caramel, toffee, earthy, very nice. Appearance is copper, white head that receded quickly, clear. Taste is fruity, sweet, bitter, floral, caramel, toffee, not amazing but just enough. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, slightly watery, with a mild sweetness and bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a solid example of the style, smooth enough for even the timid to try but enough flavor to keep you satisfied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kgulusoy (19) - TURKEY - APR 5, 2016
33 cc bottle. Amber color and a little white head. Some malt and coffee aroma and little roasted taste.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blastomorpha (57) - - APR 3, 2016
Dark amber color with an pale orange head, simple but very elegant. Nice hoppy aromas with a touch of orange and tangerine, nothing fancy but good. And again, no special flavours but extremely satisfying and easy to drink. In a time when brewers look for the most extravagant things, this beer stands as an example of greatness in simplicity.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jyrsa (464) - - APR 2, 2016
Tap @ Drink Baar Tallinn. Clear ruby with medium white head. Banana, red fruit and malt. Fruity with malt. Sweet and slightly.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (199) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 27, 2016
0,5l bottle. Cloudy copper colour with quickly disappearing creamy white head. Aroma: Earthy, leather aromas of the yeast with notes of herbs and honey. Very serious beer. Taste: Sweetness, bitterness and sourness goes hand by hand. This is the most well balanced beer Iíve ever head. It has citrus taste with wine but with a fine light bitterness and hiding pleasent sweet malts. Light carbonation and easy to drink but not watery at all and has a medium body. Sometimes feels full. I canít feel the alcohol taste just the warm feeling. Smooth tasteful finish. One of the best beers Iíve ever head. Not an obvious beer like a belgian quad or a good barley wine or a complex IPA but definitely a very serious beer just not for everybody.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11958) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle from my Local Londis. It pours clear red - brown with a medium white head. The aroma is brown bread, cereal, toasted nuts, toffee, Millionaireís shortbread and earth. The taste is bitter, earthy, wood, brown bread, cereal, toasted grass, light spice, nut, varnish and toffee with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Well rounded and rather drinkable. A classic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Torrefacto (1398) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 23, 2016
Ńmbar limpio y espuma marfil compacta. Aromas de diacetilo, equilibrado, caramelo, ligera fruta madura y lķpulo floral.† Cuerpo ligero y maltosa,† sabor de diacetilo, caramelo, ligero tabaco y final de amargor suave, herbŠceo y seco.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (719) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Originally rated on 7/28/08. My first ESB, have to say it was pretty good. It poured a deep orange- amber body, with a thin light tan head, minimal carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel, smooth drinking, slightly bitter but not overwhelming. Flavor has slight hints of bread and raisins. Overall a pretty good beer thats worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YantarCoast (872) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAR 19, 2016
500ml bottle from Bochka in Moscow. Pours dark amber with a small light brown head. Aroma is toffee, hops, nuts. Taste is toffee, malt, slight bitterness.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bosskie (719) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2016
Beautiful luminous transparent beer with a weak head, bubbles. Smell is caramel and apples, toffee, pears. A hint of warming sourness. Taste is watery caramel sweetness with some bitterness and quite malty. Refreshing.


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