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


on tap

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 14, 2007
Cask, Doric Arch. Coppery, chestnut, slightly beige head. Served slightly too cold, so little aroma; Malty with some fresh hop. Some touch of chocolate and caramel in the mouth. Fruity and some alcohol. Some christmassy brandy. Finishes fruity sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at the Doric Arch. Amber colour with a slight head. Malty nose with some sprucey hops. Sweet toffee malt flavour with a bittering finish. Nothing to get too excited about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
asedzie (784) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2007
Aroma of caramel, muted citrus fruit. Flavor is slightly sweet, sharp, resinous. Some aged flavors - dust, mushrooms, muskiness. Very full malt palate. Ideally balanced ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
On cask at Voloís ESB tasting. This is one of the best ESBs Iíve had (that being said, I donít usually like ESBs). Citrus, hops, fruity. A little thin on the body but certainly complex and well rounded which made up for it. Compared to Durhams and Mill Street (which were also sampled) it certainly measured up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
On cask itís one of the best cask bitterbeers, mellow and delightful citrus hops with great fruity aroma,I could drink volumes all day and night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12779) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
Draught (Fullers Brewery Pub, London). The standard against which all ESBs should be measured. Rich red-brown colour, malty and light fruit aroma. Very malty tast, with plenty of peppery hops and darker fruit hints. Great finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3713) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2007
Tap at North End, Leiden, Netherlands: Deep Amber well balanced sweet ESB brew. Got caramel taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15325) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Tap at C4, Odense: Amber with a little white head. Light malty Caramel/nut flavour with a good bitterness in both aroma and taste. Smooth & soft - little watery. Pleasant bitter somehow spicy end. Very drinkable!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (20238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
A Dark amber coloured ale, with a sweet full RICH malty fruit with honey tones showing through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubelknv3 (1076) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Nicer on cask. Aroma comes out a bit better than in the bottle. Starts out with a medium malty flavour and then the hops finish up the journey. Nice light floral aroma. This is a good session beer.

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