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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

jpfisher99's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpfisher99 (16) - Troy, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnTheTrail (362) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Pours clear dark gold, nice off white head. Aroma has lots of toffee and caramel, maybe hints of dark fruit. Taste is a bit peppery, hints of lemon, not as malty sweet as you would expect from the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1699) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 11C Strong Bitter

AROMA: Sweet nose of amber malt, red apple, some butterscotch (acceptable). Floral hops quite strong. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Polished copper hue; mostly clear. Small off-white head. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bready/biscuity malt profile with moderate sweetness. Slight caramel or candy apple flavor is accentuated by a confectionery taste on the back end. Hop presence is medium-low; some floral character and supportive bitterness for balance. Minor lingering dry hops/starch. No alcohol presence. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and quaffable. Bit too heavy at 5.9% 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Classic British pub ale that holds up after all these years for good reason. 9/10


NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alebarasi (33) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - OCT 1, 2016
Murky amber-brown body with taupe foam. Low carbonation. Decent lacing. Subtle floral and fruity aroma. Similar taste to it - aromas of biscuits, toffee, caramel, malt, roast and also whiskey. Rich flavors, canít argue with that. Excellent one!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ston3s42 (193) - - SEP 30, 2016
Clear golden appearance with little head. Absolutely no aroma. Tastes of hopped caramel, dry peach, citrusy fruits, booze and anise. Light body, medium carbonation and a bitter finish of caramel. Anise!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (1106) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2016
Copenhagen 21/5 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Blue label with no less than 5 gold medals and the very modest by-line "Champion Ale". Pours clear amber with small white head. Settles as fine thin layer of foam. Aroma is quite strong. Caramel, soap and quite pronounced sourness with hints of citrus. Soft carbonation and watery palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by more distinct bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. A nice bitter edge in this very easily drinkable ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fullpintofbeer (216) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2016
From bottle. Small just a bit off-white head, dark gold/amber colour, clear. Aroma of malts, caramel, also bit of berries. Lightly sweet taste with bitter finish. Light body, average carbonation. Nicely refreshing, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrumpy369 (504) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 14, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2016 Bottle at home. Clear reddish amber colour good white head. Nose is caramelly slightly sour. Taste is medium sweetness light bitternrss. Light fruity notes. Oily mouthfeel, good carbonation. Noce esb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Villyzzz (91) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle at pub. Beautiful amber color with small beige head. Aroma is malty caramel with a little bit of herbal hops. Taste is full of malts and a little sweet with mild hops. Really good beer, not very special but still amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdd230 (35) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2016
500cl. bottle in Mae Kasa, Thailand. Pours a dark amber. Caramel aroma with malt. Grassy, fruity taste with the caramel again. Tends to a watery mouthfeel but pleasant with the interesting flavours.. Soft carbonation. Even with stiff competition these days this beer stands its ground.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StevieT (1625) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2016
From a bottle. The slight spiciness of the yeast is interesting, otherwise a classic of the style.

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