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

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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutz (597) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Tap@ pub in London. Cask of keg weet ik niet. Donkergeel/amber kleur. Ruikt moutig en een beetje naar snoep. Redelijk zoete caramel en snoep smaak. Beetje hopbitterheid in de afdronk. Best lekker.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissPxx (369) - - DEC 22, 2013
Light aroma. Very pleasant fruity taste. Quite sweet and bitter at the same time. Very drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (1699) - WALES - DEC 7, 2013
Cask at the Salutation Hammersmith. Clear dark orange / light brown, still, white bubbles on top. Smell - not a lot to report - maybe some light toffee. Body is medium, carbonation very low. Taste - toffee, slight liquorice, a bit watery, lightly bitter finish. The flavour is actually quite nice but there isnít much of it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewTom (251) - - NOV 26, 2013
Caramel smell with a bitter taste that lingers turning sour. Taste is uncomplex with uncomplimentary malt & hops. Would have expected more from what is supposed to be a classic. Not bad but not great either. Rated by BrewTom

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3275) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2013
How: Cask.
Where: Bishops Arms Gamla Stan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a large off-white head.
Aroma: Flowery, fruit, malt, hops.
Body: Full body with a low carbonation.
Flavour: Hops, fruit, caramel, malt.
Comment: Very different from the bottle condition version. I like the bottle one a little more, but both are very good ESBs.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
(Cask): Dark amber with small white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, fruits and floral notes. Sweet fruit balanced with a nice bitterness along with malt, bread and hop notes in the flavour. However, it was rather flat which diminished the rating for me. Bottle is much better but will re-rate next time I get it on cask.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (775) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 27, 2013
Backlog [2013-08-19]. Head: typical cask. Colour: copper, clear. Aroma: caramel, light toast, fruity, hops/mint lollipop. Taste: caramel, light toast, dark fruit, moderate hops with a peppery finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
back (1315) - Holstebro, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2013
Gylden klar skum hvid Smør humle malt citrus blomst Bitter moderat sød modrate Vandede flad @fullers portm ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1635) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Had at The Head Of The River in Oxford, a Fullers establishment. Very nice beer. Caramel. Very clean. Slight hop bitterness. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (4559) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 9, 2013
Cask. Copper amber color with small white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, floral hops. Taste, sweet malty, fruity, floral hops. Fruity hoppybitter finish. Good.


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