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


on tap

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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wiosna (365) - - OCT 7, 2014
0,4 real hana@ Urho?s Pub. Kirkas meripihkan punertava ruskea. Tuoksussa alkoholia, makeaa mallasta, hieman sherryä, aavistus kirsikkaa. Maussa leipää, mallasta, hieman metallia. Öljyinen suutuntuma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorgeLee (1375) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Cask, on this occasion in the Holly Bush NW3 on Lakshmi’s birthday. When well kept (recurring Fullers theme?) this stuff is awesome. Deep reddish leather colour, thin head. Great balance. Powerful malt with some boozy sweetness, but no burn. tangy hops, marmelade, floral notes, modest bitterness. Syrupy texture. I really like it. The problem is I most often see it when on something of a longer session and its really dangerous if you have too many! On this visit I was able to sink a couple and head home to bed, glorious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydian1 (1136) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 10, 2014
Cask in London. Clear copper-brown appearance with medium white head. Nose offers caramel, oranges, cherries and redcurrents. Taste is robust fruity caramel malts with an assertive hop bitterness that satisfies. Medium body with oily texture. One to sip and savour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1374) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
On cask at Shepherd’s Pub, Elora, ON. Nice smooth caramalt taste, sticky sweet finish. Smooth cask mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (729) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Cask at gbbf - amber with a beige head. Aroma of grassy hop, lemon, sweet malt, hints of pineapple and passion fruit. Taste of fruit and malt with grass and lemon, followed by a light bitterness. Medium body. Super tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (727) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 7, 2014
Cask at the Barley Mow, Epsom. Pours mid brown with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel and biscuit. Bitter finish, slightly oily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (481) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Appearance is amber, very clear, with a small white foamy head which disappears. Malty aroma, with orange and marmalade. Hoppy taste, orange peel, understated bitterness, nice and refreshing finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin (511) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
cask. Deep amber, frothy head. Bread and caramel malts, light grassy bitter finish. Classic ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (2743) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2014
0,5l from cask @ St. Urho’s Pub. Pours clear amber with a medium soapy head. Aroma is malts with plenty of alcohol. Flavor is slightly fruity and bitter malts with a hoppy finish. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
loco_gallego (217) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Ambrée brune orangée, petite mousse persistant légèrement sur les bords. Bonne carbonation. Arômes de caramel et fruité citron-orangé. Goût fruité-orange et caramel bien prononcé avec une petite amertume d’houblon suffisante pour déterminer son style et sa rondeur.

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