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

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RATINGS: 2502   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.


johnnygm's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnnygm (55) - Santiago, - FEB 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 A very nice beer. Small white brownish head. Roasted aroma and enough carbonation. On palate, fruits and a lot of caramel. Itīs a bitter beer, but bitterness feels more roasted and caramelized, which I love.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (383) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2015
BBD 8/3/15. Pours a clear amber with a slight garnet cast. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Rich world class complex nose of citrus hops (orange), herbal hops (coupled with an airy spice note), huge caramel malt and the classic mineral water. As it warms, a touch of diacetyl (butter) is noticed. Medium bodied with a silky smooth texture that approaches creamy. Soft, but perfect, carbonation that releases an effervescent undercurrent from the middle on. The flavor profile is world class and is the standard to which others are judged. It is intense, complex and balanced to perfection. Some ESBís take the bitterness too far, this one takes it to perfection. It begins with a wave of sweet citrus (mostly orange), but no hint of rind. Then the other hop aspects (earthy, with only a hint of being dank) appear. Underneath is a rich malt base of caramel and light crystal that balances to perfection. The middle is mildly bitter, but he bitterness is smooth and retains itís varied flavor components along with a hint of toffee. The finish is where the classic mineral aspects of the water shine and add the final layer of complexity. The finish is a slow fade of mineral sweetness with just a touch of bitterness. Sometimes the original is the best version. Such is the case, here, with the ESB style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nevalainen (233) - FINLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Nice golden/ orange color with OFF-white head. Aroma of malt, spicies. Taste is medium bitter, but there is some sweetness in it. Light bitter finish. Well balanced beer. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (385) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Very fruity to start, orange and some maraschino cherry, lively mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (389) - - MAY 29, 2015
Pours dark amber with yellow head. Floral / Cherry aroma and fruity sweet taste with dominant notes of cherry and caramel sweet, slightly dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, medium bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (419) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2015
500ml bottle shared with multiple people at Savori. Aroma: licorice, caramel. App: hazy copper, small white head, some lacing. medium body, average carbonation, smooth, light bitter finish. Overall: quite good. Well balanced

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drmet (145) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
L: -clear copper with almost no head -low carbonation visible S: Huge toffee,grassy,plums,raisins T: -caramel,big sticky toffeeplums,raisins,slightly nutty,slightly toasty finish -medium grassy hop bitterniss F: medium-high carbonation,medium-full body O: Really nice brew

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sandog_au (37) - 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 (997) - - 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 (63) - 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.


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