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


on tap

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16642) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2006
Cask at Charlieís Pub, Copenhagen
Amber color. The main characteristic is a malty flavor and a soft and full mouthfeel; also with a good bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1677) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Cask at Fullerís Ale and Pie House, Southwark, London. This one has a heavier flavor than Pride, driven by generous piles of brown sugar and molasses, accented by citrusy hops that are most noticeable in the aroma (more or less killed by the malt on the tongue.) For some reason the ESB doesnít stand up to London Pride for me...it seems to reach for a complexity of flavor that it doesnít quite achieve, lost in an unbalanced muddle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2006
Deep amber in colour with quite a malty/toffee aroma. The palate is well balanced and shows more fruit than the bottled version. Its a nice complex beer, and I enjoyed the different dimension from the cask. The finish, like the bottle is a little sweet and not so bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
labologist (56) - Disley, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2006
Dark amber in colour, fruity (orange)/malty/hoppy aroma, wellbalanced malt & hop flavour with some roast bitterness in the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2006
Cask @ Charlies, Copenhagen. Hazy deep amber colour with a small off white head. Malty, fruity aroma with a light caramel sweetness. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with some fruityness and hints of the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (8907) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2006
Pint at Bishops Arms (Všstra Hamngatan) Gothenburg, Sweden. Brown color, big tan head. Fruity hoppy aroma. Quite bitter flavor, high bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Some bitter almond taste in there. Bitter aftertaste. Feels a bit thin after a while. I can remember it tasting better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2006
Pint pulled at The Churchill Arms in Notting Hill (London), a slightly hazy brown with a bubbly off-white head. Aroma is most definitely malty and fruity. Malty caramal is the dominant flavour, though I think just a bit too tangy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8530) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Cask at the Marsh Harrier, Cowley, Oxford regularly . Amber (dark) beer with a small tight head, very rich and fruity in the aroma and this follows through into the mouth. A very complex and intriguing beer that really does hook you but at 5.5% downing a few of these on a Sunday night with work the day after is foolhardy. This is a top notch beer just a bit too strong for regular consumption. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8 Had this again on Cask handpump at The Queens Head, Farnham, Saturday 10th March 2012 Pours Amber mid brown with a good clearness, there is a small off white head. This is malt heavy and whilst rich, fruity and quite flavoursome as always, its been a long while since Iíve had this on cask, as well served and kept as it was I really have moved on I think and didnít enjoy this half as much as I used to. A6 A5 T6 P4 Ov12 3.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2006
Cask at The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. Amber with a thick, creamy white head which is slow to go. Smell of citrus hops, slightly metallic bitter taste with a lemony aftertaste, which leaves a bitterness far down the throat. Creamy and fizzy. I thought this was fairly average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2006
Cask at Churchill Arms, London. Amber color. Goldings hops, dark sugar and caramel in the aroma. Quite full-bodied and rich in flavor. Good caramelly english hop flavor with sweetish caramel malt and rummy notes. Bitterness and tropical fruits in the finish. A bit too caramelly, but still tasty.

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