Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 Fuller’s beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2530) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
Cask@Charlies Bar, CPH - amber pour with good beige head. Aroma and taste is toasty malty, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some light herbal and floral hoppy notes. Had this many times years back in bottle and cask, but never rated cask until now. Still really like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (3839) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
Draught at the Green Lion Inn. Copper with a light brown head. Aroma medium malty (caramel, roasted, fruity) and hoppy (flowery, spicy). Flavor medium sweet, bitter and spicy. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1548) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Cask at Victoria near Paddington. Fresh pull with a generous head. Nose is a bit malty with some milder hop profiles. Goes down very smooth with a slight bitter ending. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DroolYeast (310) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2014
@ The Old Bank of England. Very malty aroma with caramel. Some hoppiness. Clear copper brown with almost no head. Moderate bitterness and caramel sweetness. Finish is bitter. Low carbonation. Watery texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
trapped (939) - New York City, TURKEY - APR 7, 2014
Cask. Rich yellow-orange with beige creamy head, no discernible aroma, hoppy metallic taste, low carbonation, sweetish abrupt finish, metallic aftertaste. Something must be wrong with the cask, the metallic taste is not easy to explain,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2200) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2014
On tap @ BA Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmö. Reddish amber with a tiny white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, caramel, grassy and bitterness. Medium to light body with a nice bitter sweet after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2014
Backlog. Tap @ Green Lion Inn. Love the ESBs and the cask-version of this is a real gem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Cask at Llywelyn’s St. Charles. It poured a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma was of sweet caramel, some flowers and a light hoppiness. The taste was sweet, malty, some caramel/toffee, flowery with a hoppy bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2339) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 18, 2014
Cask @Fuller´s TapRoom,Griffin Brewery. November 2013.
In short: a "mild bitter", if this makes any sense.
Pours hazy golden with little white head. Short head retention, some lacing. Malty, some butterscotch and grassy aromas. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Taste is malty, little hop punch, herbal one, some diacetils. Very well balanced. Smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7618) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
ESB #100. Cask at the Royal Standard, Croydon. It pours clear amber with a small beige head. The nose is toffee apple, toast, brown bread, wood, citrus peel and liquorice allsorts. The taste is smooth, wood, toffee, leather, toasty brown bread, peppery and light notes of citrus with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Smooth, well-rounded and pretty drinkable. Solid.

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