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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (1140) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 19, 2015
Fruity estery bitter. Light body with big foam white head. Bread earthy Aroma. Good looking and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1131) - SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Pint in the Doric Arch, Euston. Nice looking pint, clear with a thinning white head. Full bodied, likes it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Pint from caak at queens head, Richmond. Clear dark amber with thin film of bubbles. Aroma is biscuit malts, hops and straw. Bitter, slightly dry hoppy taste balanced with biscuit and a little brown bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARH (1100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2015
On cask, poured into a nonic. The aroma is lightly waxy, a bit leathery, with caramel notes. The beer is an oily amber color with a white soap head that has light retention and lace. The taste is a medium bitter followed by a medium sweet. The oily and slick texture is flat. The light body has flavors of salted caramel, musty leather, a light, mellow citrus / marmalade and a light bread crust. The finish is grainy with an aftertaste thatís lingering, primarily waxy, with notes of caramel and grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1447) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2015
On tap at the Ship in Wokingham. Copper colour with a light head. Crisp, dry, woody and pretty smooth for a fairly strong pint. This has character but to me its short of Fullersí own 1845 class. I prefer the bottle version of this for some reason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (790) - - JUN 10, 2015
I did not detect some difference betwen Cask and Botle, so I repeate myself: Pours dark amber with yellow head. Floral / Cherry aroma and fruity sweet taste with dominant notes of cherry and caramel sweet, slightly dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, medium bitterness. Realy refresing good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (5032) - FINLAND - MAY 13, 2015
Cask@urkki. Copper light amber clear. Ligh nutty caramelly dry fruity nose. Malty. Med bodied, sweet malty, raisins, some nuts. Malty fruity, feels a bit boozy (?!?!).

-- bb..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1791) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Cask at The Parcel Yard, London Kings Cross Station. Amber body. Frothy thin white head. Flowery hops, spice, biscuity malt, grass, marmalade and alcohol. Bitter with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGD (109) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
On tap @Doric Arch. Appearance: clear copper colour with beige foam. Aroma: caramel, malts, alcohol, fruity notes. Taste: lots of malty-caramel sweetness balanced with fruity-hoppy bitterness. Sugar, biscuit. Creamy mouthfeel. A great, strong beer with bold flavours!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (866) - SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Complex with a vinous and dried fruit quality this browny orange bitter is well built and pretty uncompromising in an old school type of way. Has lost a bit of character over the years but it is still an excellent symbol of the type of beer which was once more common than it is in todayís craft beery world.

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