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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2006
Cask conditioned tap. Beatiful beer! Cloudy amber body with a firm off-white head. Great fruity/blackberry aroma with some caramel and honey. Well balanced flavour, but I could do with a bit more bitterness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14158) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2006
Cask @St. Urhoís Pub
Dark copper brown, decent cloudy tan head. Caramelly hoppy nose. Medium-bodied. Toffeeish, oaky, some yeasty-like notes. Tasty real ale with character. Slightly watery at start, but good session beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8832) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2006
Cask, Loughborough Fest 06. Amber with a small head. Aromas are malty with dates and plummy notes. Bready yeast is present with hints of chocolate. Flavours are sweet and malty with spices, fruit and warming alcohol. Has a good bitter finish. Scored lower than the bottled version (somehow). Still very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
Cask @ Mad Bishop and Bear, Paddington, London, 5 February, 2006
Served with plenty of carbon dioxide in this Fullers owned pub. Rich in butterscotch and toffee. Fruity and medium bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 1. Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 09/02/2002 Amber golden colour strong in alcohol and slightly rich on the palate. Bitter hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Old Market Tavern, Altrincham 24/06/2003 Amber golden colour hoppy and smooth. Crisp finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham 25/06/2005 Golden amber colour and slightly sweet. Sour fruit flavour. Some dryness in a full malt finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earlís Court 06/08/2009 Some hop aroma. Amber golden coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a little dryness and bitterness in a crisp malt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Cask@MawsonArms, Aug 07, 3.5: Fruity, raisin, caramel aroma. Light brown color, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, raisin, soft herbal hops, light bitter. Smooth, light dry in the finish. Cask@Proeflokaal, Dec 05, 3.3: Malty, herbal, light caramel aroma. Dark amber color, very small off-white head, no lace. Pretty sweet, malty, well hopped, bitter, herbal, medium mouthfeel and body but a little thin in the end.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2005
Cask : The Star, Belgravia. Really fruity(orange)/malty with an oily mouthfeel. Good long finnish with quite a hop kick. A really good beer!

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
Smallish, creamy, offwhite head; dark red-brown body. Faint, sourish, smoky aroma. Thin, sourish taste with smoky notes and some roastiness. Some tanginess, some bitterness. Slightly dry aftertaste. Good, but not outstanding. (Strange; Iíve been much more excited by this before.) (On tap at White Horse.)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 IT smelled a little nasty. I thought it was going to be another saquashy beer. BUt it turned very yellow, and the foam sticked so great. HTe flavor was good, actually. A little sweet sometimes.

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!


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