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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2446   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.


triskaideka's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
triskaideka (176) - Killarney, - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle at home. Others will do justice to this beer better than me - but I’d forgotten how good ESB is.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardbeerman (143) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Pours a clear medium copper holding few carbs and topped by a finger of white head. Retention is minimal but some chunky lacing forms when the glass is tilted. The nose is nutty and offers dark cherries, toffee and some faint orange in the back. The taste is again toasted nuttty malts backed by floral Target hops that I decoded more than the other types used. You do get the Pale Ale malts both in the nose and taste with that nice toffee aspect. Mouthfeel is dense and oily and the brew holds a nicely balanced dry finish. Cheers!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bergaa88 (13) - - JAN 30, 2015
Head doesnt last long, some lacing on the glass though. Really clear with medium copper colour. Not really fair by judging this beer right now because i have a cold so.. Will probably go back on this one.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syfher (131) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle of 50cl,in a pint glass; from the fridge. As usual for Fuller’s, it’s a great beer. The aroma is strong malty, with nice caramel taste and a ligth but still good palate. Deep orange appearance. Try it !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1039) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2015
500ml bottle, pours clear golden brown with a foamy white head. Aroma has smooth caramel, bready and biscuit malts, blackberry, nutty woody notes, orange peel and honey. Body is full, texture smooth, carbonation soft with a short, beautifully balanced finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_alkis (361) - SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2015
So smooth and fresh. A unique bitter beer that is perfect to drink wherever you are.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBlueSky93 (123) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. A Beer I love. Pours light brown in colour. Aroma of Malt, Strawberries, Bread, Caramel. Initial Fruitiness, Dark Fruits that is, strawberry and rasberry, biscuit, breadyness, very chewy, very thick, caramel too, adds to the thickness, earthy, a solid beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2015
(Keg at Kitty’s, 20150127) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had malts, caramel, earth and strawberries. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, earth, caramel, biscuits, strawberries and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, sweet and bitter. A very malty and still balanced stronger English ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (930) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Amber color , thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt , bread , fruits . Earthy, malty taste with bread and caramel. Mild hoppy bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HenriqueBraga (110) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 15, 2015
Âmbar, brilhante, boa espuma. Aroma de caramelo, biscoito, lúpulo herbal, gramidios. Lúpulo mais presente na boca. Corpo médio-baixo, boa carbonatação com aftertaste seco e amargor médio-baixo.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Florya (466) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Dark amber, medium white head. Aroma: Caramel, sweet fruits, bread. Palate: Average carbonation, medium body.


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