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

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RATINGS: 2485   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.


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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
barbiedoll0808 (11) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Pours a dark golden/copper color with a decent, off-white head. The aroma is malty and sweet with caramel, toffee and a touch of sweet fruit. A pretty good malt flavor with toffee and a little raisin seeming to dominate. The hops in the finish provide for nice balance and drinkability. A good bitter, to be sure


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Calisky (1464) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 4, 2015
Couleur ambrée légère mousse beige. Nez de pomme caramélisées et alcool. Gout de vieille pomme/orange, alcool, note butterscotch et note houblonnée épicée. Bon corps. Fin caramel, alcool, fruité. Bien moins bonne que ce a quoi je m’attendais, moi qui aime les ESB et celle la est la mieux coté. ... Décu

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rikstar (1179) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
0,5l fles bij de slijterij uit de mare vandaan. Amberkleurig met een witte kraag. Geur en smaak met noten, caramel en toffee. Body is medium. Aardig, maar niet echt bijzonder.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toomio (312) - Joensuu, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Magia ilman Millaa. Killin pubin karaokekalja. Makee juoma. Oikein ostettava joka tapauksessa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (343) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2015
from bottle poured with a fine wafty aroma of fruit earthy nutty malt & deeply golden brown tastes well balanced full of hops fruity caramel toffee sweet flavours lightly bitter oily texture went down really well

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (504) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours copper-ish brown with a small white head. Aromas of nuts, hay, bread, old hops, citrus. Taste is about the same, slightly bitter. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (1038) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
Finally getting that elusive ESB rating. Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Aroma is slightly sweet and malt forward with a good amount of caramel and light toffee notes. Some light nuttiness and moderate toasted bread. Medium light fruit esters, especially raisin, plum and fig. Moderate woody hop character. Pours a clear copper red with some brown hues and a small, thick, slightly off-white head that exhibits good retention as it recedes to a thin film that lingers. Moderate lacing and faint legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some medium caramel and light toffee flavors. Lighter toasted bread and nuts with a hint of butter. Medium light fruit notes of raisins, plums and figs. Medium light bitterness with medium low woody, spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright beer with quite a bit of malt character and balanced esters and hop notes. Definitely not my preferred hop profile or really malt profile for that matter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2172) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2015
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of hops, caramel, & citrus; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel, nuts, hops, and citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, full bodied bitter - very good.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 21, 2015
From tap. Amber color, malty aroma and taste with a hints of esters. Just a normal bitter, nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cutitoutdave (59) - - APR 16, 2015
Pours clear Amber with medium white head. Marmalade aroma! Tastes malty, orange honey marmalade, nice malt background and hops finish smoothly. Medium bodied with generous carbonation. Very well done beer, one of the classics. Very drinkable for those who like bitters. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmahut (1369) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours in amber clear body with high frosty head. Aroma has malty character with hoppy fruity and earthy notes. Taste has medium low caramel sweetness with long lasting spicy bitterness. Body is full with very high carbonation, almost harsh at first.


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