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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2517   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.


ThisWangsChung's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
felip989 (123) - S„o Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 29, 2015
Amber with a medium light beige head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, red fruits, pineapple, some wood, earthy and floral notes. Taste is caramel, biscuit, apples, bananas, herbal bitterness. Bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smaynard6000 (782) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2015
bottle. Pours a sparkling amber color with small creamy tan head. Carbonation is lively. Rich aroma of caramel malt. Sweet malty flavor, a bit of spicy and floral hops to balance it out. Medium bodied. Very drinkable and quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChewyBeer (155) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 25, 2015
Pours clear amber nice head. Good Bready nose. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet caramel bread tastes. Good drinking

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrHoefenbraeu (10) - - JUL 18, 2015
Getrunke aus einer 5dl Flasche.Nase und Farbe okay. Ausgewogener Geschmack. Sehr angenehm zum trinken; jedoch nicht ein so spezielles Bier

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsurkan_sergey (68) - Novosibirsk, RUSSIA - JUL 12, 2015
Drink it on tap at Bobby Dazzler Pub, Moscow. Beer 5+ (consisting of beer incredible bouquet of various malts, corn and a few aromatic hops), !, like most rich fruity (cherry, citrus) in taste - oranges, grapefruit, butterscotch, in the finish - light honey bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2015
From bottle. Copper pour with a full white head. Aroma and taste of caramel and biscuit. Dry taste with a nicely mild bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artiredbirds (107) - St.Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUL 8, 2015
Очень карамел& красивы& мягкий и обволак& вкус

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (116) - - JUL 5, 2015
Marmalade, toffee, caramel, and peppery aromas. Taste is creamy caramel and marmalade. A bit of pepper spice in the middle and some bitters in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vestlake (226) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Pint on tap. Pours nice Copper color with a beige head. A toffee, sweet aroma. The taste is sweet, toffee/caramel. A very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (618) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2015
Botella @La barrica 13, Candas.BBD: 13/02/16. Color Šmbar, aromas malta caramelo, sabor caramelo.


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