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

bottling
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
First brewed in 1969 as Winter Bitter - renamed Extra Special Bitter in 1971.
Ingredients: Pale Ale and Crystal malts; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops. Dry hopped in the brewery.
CAMRA Supreme Champion 1978, 1981 and 1985.
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.

NOTE: Most Fullerís beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maclennan73 (2) - Hove, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2016 does not count
One of Fullers mighty brews. A great full strength, full bodied dark English ale. Not for the faint hearted though. It has a lovely rich treacly taste that is very easy to drink despite its high alcohol level.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1651) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2016
On tap @ a local pub. Deep brownred body with a medium white head. Malty & earthy, with some dried fruit and a clean bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marstonlad (687) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2015
@ St. Urhoís Pub, Helsinki. Pours deep, clear copper with a white frothy head. The aroma features toasty maltiness, bisquit, nuts and some citrusy fruitiness. Taste is dryish with low to medium bitterness; toasted, nutty maltiness is most prominent with citrus giving support. Hoppiness is fairly mild all in all. The palate is medium-bodied with a characteristically smooth and velvety mouthfeel, very drinkable. Surprisingly malt-driven, at least this cask.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (7128) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2015
On tap at the brewery-tap. Smooth and fruity, fresh. Malty, quite dry. Malty smooth aftertaste, round and fresh. Fruity hints in the aftertaste. Full and round. Great!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caribou43 (374) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 8, 2015
I drank this beer in Lima and Switzerland. The colour is really nice between copper and orange. There is an interesting mix between some sweetness and hop and a side alcoholic. It is a good ale but not to drink during the all night.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cimbasso (620) - - NOV 23, 2015
A popular bitter sampled at the Holly Bush in Hampstead. Copper colour with outstanding clarity and with a quickly dissolving white head. Malty aroma and slightly sweet caramel taste. Quite earthy with flavours of brown bread and toffee. English hop taste giving a pleasant, fruity bitterness. An excellent pint.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (1117) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 19, 2015
Fruity estery bitter. Light body with big foam white head. Bread earthy Aroma. Good looking and nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1128) - SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Pint in the Doric Arch, Euston. Nice looking pint, clear with a thinning white head. Full bodied, likes it!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Pint from caak at queens head, Richmond. Clear dark amber with thin film of bubbles. Aroma is biscuit malts, hops and straw. Bitter, slightly dry hoppy taste balanced with biscuit and a little brown bread.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARH (1093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2015
On cask, poured into a nonic. The aroma is lightly waxy, a bit leathery, with caramel notes. The beer is an oily amber color with a white soap head that has light retention and lace. The taste is a medium bitter followed by a medium sweet. The oily and slick texture is flat. The light body has flavors of salted caramel, musty leather, a light, mellow citrus / marmalade and a light bread crust. The finish is grainy with an aftertaste thatís lingering, primarily waxy, with notes of caramel and grain.


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