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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 2620   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (668) - 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 (823) - 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 (703) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (1650) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear amber creamy white head, good lacing. Caramel aroma, still not sweet, more earthy notes. Mid-dry and smooth mouthfeel. The taste is pleasant bitter with dark dried fruit, caramel, earth and woody notes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatusBeer (329) - Koöice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 11, 2016
Tap at Dobre casy. Colour is a mixture of amber and dark orange. Aroma of raisins with slight undertone of biscuit and caramel. One would expect the taste to be more bitter, citrus fruits are noticeable. Ja a Dianka! :-)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayumiH (822) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle at home. Malty. Not as bitter as I expected. Dry finish. Mild and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (523) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 3, 2016
Look: clear amber with unstable head. Aroma: tofee, bisquit sandwich with jam, fruits, hops: flowers, spicy herbs. Taste: light sweetness, with moderate to light hoppy bitterness. Flavour: malts, toffee, caramel, some apricote jam, sweet almond. Very pleasant, flowery and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Night_Cap (57) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2016
Hand pump (at Keg and Brew). Copper with a good sized, dense, frothy head that lasts well. Massive notes of cooked butter and nuts in the aroma with earthy hops, boiled caramel sweets, milk chocolate, biscuits, sultanas and light notes of dried apricots. Flavour is a light to medium earthy hop bitterness with toasted nuts, raisins, dried apricots (light), creamy caramel, milk chocolate, buttery cooked brown sugar and a dry finish. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation, a watery texture and a good length finish. Outstanding ESB!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (1451) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle from Alkostock in Tallinn (Ä 2.69). BB 22.08.2016. Pours reddish amber, very clear, with a creamy white top that retains quite well and leaves some lace. The aroma is estery, sweet, caramelly, husky, somewhat nutty. Tastes caramelly sweet with indistinct fruitiness and earthy-herbal bitterness. Dryish finish. Carbonation modest. Hmmm. Not sure if Iíve ever had this before, but right now it feels a bit disappointing, I mean itís good, but falls short of impressing me. Will most probably have it again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ignorant (50) - madrid, SPAIN - FEB 16, 2016
dark orange with a creamy foam and reasonable duration. typical of English pale ale appearance. clean smell slightly sweet, slightly salty caramel shades. Swallow taste is malty and caramel at first but leaves a bitter subtle but lasting floral hops and own yeast character house aftertaste


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