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

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RATINGS: 2385   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/11/13. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. It slowly fades to a thin film, and leaves some (not much) lacing on the glass. Generally, an attractive beer. S: At first, I notice rich caramel, brown sugar, and earthy hops. Then the aroma permutes into something wonderfully fruity. I really enjoy the cherry, apple, and grape esters this provides. I mean, really, REALLY enjoy them, even if they donít come across terribly strongly. T: Taste-wise, Iím not a fan of the style; but this one works quite well. Vaguely sweet caramel maltiness provides the backbone, supported by an initial hit of tart, fruity esters. Drying hops and faint diacetyl finish this one off. If anything, itís gorgeously balanced, with just a suggestion of depth to keep it interesting. Didnít live up to the aroma, however. M: Dry and crisp, though some toffee flavors linger on the palate somewhat. Carbonation could be upped a hair to make it cleaner, though - given the way the complex flavors shift on the aftertaste, Iíll call it a wash. This one is easy to drink. O: Iíd say itís the best ESB Iíve ever had, even with the qualifiers of A) the style doesnít tickle my fancy, and B) I havenít had enough good offerings of the style for it to tickle my fancy in the first place. Out of personal preference, Iíd much rather have their London Porter; but just in terms of objective quality, theyíre at the same level.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (392) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Can. A very nice classic bitter. Lots of caramel, very smooth, a little dry. Classic Fullers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
salvaticas (437) - - SEP 8, 2014
On tap at Ashley's. Pretty weak palate, very malty, decent flavor. Smooth and light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olliejobbins (789) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a clear, rich brown with thin cream coloured that doesnít last. really nice malty, nutty and hoppy aroma. smooth malty and hoppy taste. bitter throughout unsurprisingly.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
luisfelizola (24) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 7, 2014
Cor cobre, pouca espuma. Frutado, erva. Meio amarga, ůtima acidez, pouca carbonataÁ„o, seca a boca

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MNAle (24) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Amber color. Pleasing malty aroma. Light carbonation. Slight hop bitterness is present, but this is dominated by the slightly sweet malts. Excellent body. Wonderful bitter, even considering this was the USA import version rather than the cask version. Very nice malty finish with some hops presence. Interesting fact: English Bitter, despite the name, is not particularly bitter. All of the American bitters I have tasted thus far are too hoppy to be a true English bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nano142 (14) - - SEP 6, 2014
The beer pours a very nice deep orange/amber color with a nice small head with a off-white color. The taste is full of hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5078) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma of butter, malt, toffee, orange. Flavour is light moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozarkspops (361) - - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Percy0103 (166) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HammerTroll (500) - 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.
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