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

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RATINGS: 2496   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.


NonOperational's rating

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
NonOperational (55) - - AUG 11, 2013
I have a real problem with pasteurised versions of British real ales, and although I can’t help comparing this to the cask version, it works and is delicious. Nose of lightly burnt cereal, metal, and yeast phenols. Mouthfeel is syrupy, instead of the cask smoothness. Rich taste of heavy caramel malt with a very sweet finish, tempered by earthy hop bitterness. If you’re ever passing through St Pancras station, have a cask pint of this at The Parcel Yard.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sandog_au (34) - Gladstone, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2015
Pours a clean dark Amber with a thick off white head that dissipates. Pleasant caramel malt aroma. Up front caramel sweetness with a slight coffee bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (981) - - MAY 27, 2015
Pours a reddish copper color. Aroma and taste are citrus and some caramel..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mlady (75) - Prievidza, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle 500ml from supermarket in Miskolc Hungaria,intenze notes,caramel flavor,sweet fruit aroma,amber.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KoRoBeNiKi (57) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Amber color, small head. A good amount of fruit and spice with some great malt balanced. Preferred it highly over Speckled as it felt highly more flavored, sorry to Speckled fans.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cthulhu (44) - - MAY 14, 2015
Malty /sweet aroma.Amber color and soft carbo.Taste is malty and salty( it tastes a bit like corn chips).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (224) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 14, 2015
330ml bottle. Probably amber, but in the atmosphere it’s hard to tell. Aromatic malty nose. Bitter taste, but matched with a healthy body. A good one.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
corkyrory66 (843) - BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2015
Bitter aux 3000 médailles sur l’étiquette... Malheureusement, c’est dans le verre que ça se passe !! Couleur ambre roux moyen, à la clarté pure, assez jolie. Bulles fines partout, bien vivantes, pas vraiment nombreuses. Mousse bien crémeuse, stable à 2 mm. Arômes de caramel, butterscotch, épice fine, rhubarbe, pointe de fût. 1ère bouche soyeuse, sur malt cara, houblon, dans un ensemble correct, mais pas savant. Arrière-bouche fine, assez maltée, de longueur correcte. 2ème à la belle texture, à l’amertume sympa sans plus. Arrière-bouche maltée, mais pas de vraie complexité. 3ème sur caramel, malt, houblon mais sans aucune fusion. Arrière-bouche très simple. Longueur sans nuances intéressantes, et en descente. Jambes pas marquées, lisses. Levure faible. Alcool bien trop juste. Finale un peu collante (maïs …). CONCLUSION : belle mais simple … dont on ne peut dire simple mais belle !! Toujours est-il qu’elle manque d’une amertume plus ciselée, et d’une présence sur la longueur, sans parler de la complexité !!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2014) - 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 (615) - 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 (2865) - 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.


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