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

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RATINGS: 2371   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.


BrettTaylor's rating

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettTaylor (474) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Pours a mahogany color, medium head, little to no lacing. Tastes of caramel and toffee and almost a hint of peanut shell. Finish is smooth and mellow. Delicious.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (179) - CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Pours a clear copper amber with one finger of light tan head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate chunky lacing. Nose is toffee/caramel malt, slight nuttiness, faint yeast and fruity hops. Taste follows suit with sweet caramel and biscuity malts leading the way for mild pepper and an almost delicate bitter finish. Medium to full body and moderate sustained carbonation, with a creamy mouth feel and dry finish. I generally find English Bitters to be a touch boring, and this is no exception. That being said, it’s pleasant, well-behaved, and highly sessionable. This is very much a beer for a few pints in a dim and smoky pub.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1141) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2014
This is the beer I compare all other ESBs too. I’ve had it before, but never rated it. Color- chestnut with thin head. Malts are bready, caramel, and toffee. Hops are more there as bittering than anything else, not really citrus character they mention in description. However, there is a lot of cherry in the nose and flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (468) - CROATIA - AUG 25, 2014
Hazy deep amber color, thin tan head. Medium body, lively carbonation. Aroma of caramel, hops, grass, malt. Balanced sweet and bitter taste. Texture is creamy and finish slightly dry. Very interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1316) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
Butelka 50cl. OCZY : piwo jest kompletnie przejrzyste o kolorze złocistego bursztynu. Piana jest mala i szybko znika całkowicie. NOS : piwo pachnie karmelem, lekko podpalanym. Do tego toffi, francuskie ciasto, herbatniki, czarna herbata, bezy, kwiaty, miód, troszeczkę banana i wiśni. Po wstrząśnięciu alkoholowy aromat przypomina porto. Można również wyczuć czerwone jabłka. USTA : piwo jest mało gazowane o konsystencji wody z sokiem. Ogólnie piwo jest średnio słodkie o nutach słodowych podobnych do mało słodkiego herbatnika. Delikatnie kwaśnieje (bardzo delikatnie) i uwalniając nuty owocowe i tarty, delikatnie nasiąkniętej alkoholem. Piwo ma delikatna gorycz która przypomina zarazem zioła, skórkę pomarańcza, przypalone ciasto jest delikatnie alkoholowa. Jest to piwo gdzie smaki są tak wyważone, że mam problemy się dosadnie określić. Posmak jest lekko palony jak mocno zarumieniony gofr z miodem. ODCZUCIA : łatwe w piciu i nawet orzeźwiające. Po prawie wypitej butelce czuje piekący posmak chmielu, którego obecność w pierwszym łyku nie zapowiadała takich niespodzianek. Z tego piwa będę przede wszystkim pamiętał balans. Potworny balans, który wprowadził spore zamieszanie bo piwo na pierwszy rzut nie wydaje się takie kompleksowe. OCENA : smak : 6/10 pijalność : 8/10 styl : +2

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Clear brilliant copper like a new penny, only complaint about the appearance is the fast fading rocky head. The aroma is a bit nutty malty with a gine bit of toasted english muffin, and perhaps something akin to clove. Smooth creamy flavor with some pale malts, toffee, a light nuttiness, and a calm bitterness. Has a wee bit of that English ale mineral water tone about it, but it’s not intrusive, and is instead malty enough to sweeten it up. Still impeccably balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2229) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4/18/2011. From bottle. Dark amber with a tan head. Spicy, malty aromas with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Spicy and herbal flavors with caramel, malt and hops. Smooth finish. Awesome ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HerrBierkoenig (242) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2014
From 0.33l bottle. Pours nice clear amber to red liquid, small tan creamy head. Aroma: malt, toffee, citrus, grapefruit, pine, very nice, Taste: medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour, some minor metallic off taste, nice malty toffee body, with hoppy accents, citruses, lemon grass, pine, Palate: medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, long bitter caramel aftertaste. Overall: very good, extremely drinkable, in the aroma reminds (partially) Anchor Liberty Ale - the citrus - pine texture, but the ESB character is unique, mainly in it´s taste- malty, toffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talmana (21) - ISRAEL - AUG 17, 2014
Caramel, floral, excellent bitter, orange smell, good color, smooth, light body, a bit woody

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1258) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Almost legendary example of its style, comprising the stronger, fuller, more ambitious bitters. Off-white head, beautiful deep amber colour, complex aroma of nutty and honeyish malts, pear, grapefruit, banana; taste a full nutty maltiness, refined and elegant, bit honeyish, a tad yeasty, evolving into a complex fruitiness with fruit accents popping up here and there, ending in a more grapefruit-like, very dry, peppery hop bitterness. Wonderful English bitter even from the bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 13, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-12-12- Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – The beer is served a deep-deep brown nearly black color. When served there was a big brown head on the brew that faded over a moderate amount of time to give a light level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is of a sweet coffee smell mixed with a good dose of milk chocolate. Behind these aromas is a roasted malt and light vanilla smell. Taste- The taste begins with a roasted malt and coffee flavor. Upfront it also has some sweet chocolate flavors as well. These sweeter flavors dwindle as the taste advances with the chocolate becoming more bitter and the flavors of coffee/espresso getting stronger. While near the end a quite sweet lactose taste comes to the tongue making the beer on the sweeter side and balancing out the bitter with more sweetness. In the end the flavors when mixed together leave a mocha cappuccino flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier body is very nice for the flavors of the beer and really accentuates the dark chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors. Overall – A pretty tasty stout. With it not being too heavy, it having a creamier feel and nice sweeter finish it is quite pleasant to drink and a nice beer to sip after a meal.


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