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


on tap

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RATINGS: 278   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DroolYeast (405) - 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 (1107) - 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 (2250) - 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 (2981) - 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 (2429) - 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 (8250) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutz (683) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MissPxx (683) - - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2757) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015

Dec 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 isn’t much of it. (3.3)

Jan 2015 - Cask at Culpeper Spitalfields. In contrast to last time, this has quite a big rounded malt flavour, twiggy and ashy with a medium bitterness. Was OK, but got a bit tiring over the course of a pint. (3.1)

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