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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2353   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34334) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle 50cl.
Clear medium amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lancing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, orange. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (180508)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30755) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and deep golden orange with a lacing white head. Dense caramel malt aroma, light chocolate touch. Flavour is sweet caramel malt with a light edge towards the finish. Mild dry bitterness following this to give a nice and smooth balance into the finish. Light fruity touch in the far finish. Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2002
An amber beer with a small but OK head. It doesnít have much aroma. The feel is a little bit flat, but the flavor is fantastic of a great malt blend with an OK bitterness yet only slight. A great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Deep nutty brown with a reddish hue and a small, creamy head. Very full-bodied and surprisingly strong. Malty and spicy with a nutty character and a certain sweetness. Impressive hop composition. 200301

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle. Clear orange coloured with a medium sized off white head. Sweet aroma of malts and caramel with notes of hops and fruits. Sweet flavour of malts and caramel with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20252) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2005
Bottled. Reddish brown, decent white foamy head. Mainly malty aroma with hints of fruit. Fruity sweet taste which turns bitter. This one has a nice long bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19233) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2002
Dark amber. Malty, chewy somewhat sweetish. One of th emore bitter British beers. The first ever ESB I tried, and still the one that defines the style for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16456) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2007
Draught. Pours a clear amber color with a longlasting creamy off-white head. Fruity malty aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweet malty and slightly fruity flavor with some hints of caramel. Malty finish with some bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14496) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
21st December 2007
Rich beer with toffeeish malt and a trace of hoppy fruit. Dry malty finish. No bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
[Hand pumped, 19-11-2002, 6-4-7-4-14 (3.5)] Amber color, with just a thin collar, beautiful lace. Light aroma of hop. Good mix of hop, malt, light caramel almost turning into faint liquorice; waving between sharp bitterness and a residual sweetness; tar. Ending with a not too aromatic, but extra bitter final.
[Keg, 14-07-2002, 3-3-6-4-13 (2.9)] Amber colour, misty, poor head. Poor aroma. Despite the deceiving aroma, it has a pretty good taste: a quite light malt, that still can give consistency to the body (which is enough smooth, with some sweetness), and a rather powerful hopping, with a long and quite good final.


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