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

bottled
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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chrispski (1) - ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005 does not count
THE ESB - My favourite beer of all time. The Kings Head, Stoke Road, Guildford serves one of the best examples of this fine pint....and I have done extensive research!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iammadeofjelly (192) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2005
now thats a brew, ESB are the best, english beer all the way, not fizzy good taste nice colour, what more could you want from a beer?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
schuimkroaat (423) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Handpump at íThe Sanctuaryí, Tothill str, London UK. Slightly hazy, dark copper red with a bronze hue, minimal lacy beige head. A subtle but wonderful fruity aroma with pears and prunes. Taste: mellow, malty, light sweetish, light alcoholic, sherry, again fruity with prunes. Long and dry, yet gentle, bitter aftertaste. A bit íslipperyí, soapy, but a good body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2005
(Cask, The Wharf, Aalborg) - A classic.- The instant malty flavour leads into a rich marmalade hoppiness, it is always a true pleasure to drink this beer!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2005
(Cask at Jugged Hare, London) Clear copper topped by an off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, orange, some cherry, light alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, orange, faint cherry, with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Watery medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2005
Cask. One of my favourite Fullerís beers. Flowery hop aroma, plus some citrus fruits, oranges and lemons. Fairly sweet maltiness, and a lingering, bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2005
From my cak conditioned campaign. This is a beer Iíve enjoyed. Not as much as I used to with all the IPAís and whatnot, but this one was very pleasant. My girlfriend ordered the pint and had to give it up after I kept going back to it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20842) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2005
Casked. Dark copper coloured, big bubbly head. Flowery and fruity aroma. Bittersweet fruitish flavour. Hoppy fruitish aroma with sticky palate and bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2321) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Cask. Orange-amber in colour. Aroma of floral hops first turning to a sweet caramel malt second. The flavour was of citrus hops (lemons, oranges), caramel malt, some flowers and grass. Smooth-creamy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering mild bitterness. Really refreshing on a very hot day.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (14020) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2008 Cask at The Tiger, Stowting, Kent I was really looking forward to this on a hot sunny Friday lunchtime. However, the barrel had come to an end and this was hanging. Shame as I do really like it 0.9/5.0. Re-rate, Barrow Boy and Banker, Southwark. Deep copper with lasting beige head. Peppery hop aroma. Soft fruity malt. Fullish and a little unsubtle in mouth, bit pukey to be honest, but the peppery hop aroma/finish is outstanding. Apart from a red beery syrupy pukey bit in the middle, itís good. Needs another re-rate.


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