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


on tap

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RATINGS: 305   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3375) - FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Cask. Pours pale copper in color with a small foamy whitish head. Malty sweetness, hints of toffee and ripe, but mild garden fruits in aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Slightly burnt creamy toffee, light bitterness in taste. Some nuttyness and ripe berry feeling here as well. A bit on the sweeter side perhaps, even if thereís the mild bitterness throughout here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (7805) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Had this a few times before but first time rate. Cask at local spoons. Mid amber / copper coloured pour with a small off white head. Aroma is nutty toffee, raisin and nuts, dried fruits, trail mix. Flavour is composed of semi sweet toffee malts, nutty, strawberry, berry, dried fruits. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, good cask condition. Lingering toffee and Berry. Pretty sessionable, maybe a little sweet, but really good malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtu71 (364) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Tap. Small lasting white head. Chrystal clear copper. Malty aroma. Very balanced taste with plenty of malts and bitterness. Pleasant and satisfying, modest character.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours golden, nose is butter, toffee, caramel, taste is similar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pistacho (54) - SPAIN - JAN 27, 2015
Cask conditioned at the brewery. Grain aroma with very soft notes of coffee and caramel. Well bodied, malty flavor, liquorice, hops, creamy toffee. Strong flavored beer with a strong British character. Very good, Iíve really enjoyed it:

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
luegomeloacabo (69) - A CoruŮa, SPAIN - JAN 15, 2015
It is a good english ale which is nice to drink. It pours in a red toasted colour with a white head. Even though it has a good taste, it has nothing special. A good english ale anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Cask. Golden with white head. Aroma is a little buttery, banana and caramel. Taste of banana, toffee and biscuit, banoffee if you will. Little sweet, little thin, little bitter. Drinkable and decent enough

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barcull (9) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
Poured copper with creamy head that quickly dissipated. Full malt with complex fruitly esters and earthy hop bitterness. Caramel diacydal mouth feel on this pour. Nicely balanced ale. On tap at the Breadalbane in Fergus Ontario.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctiry (116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 19, 2014
On tap in Beergeek bar. Copper colour with very stable white head. Hoppy aroma. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel and floral hops. I will try it again to re-rete if it is so legendary...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrTipple (2836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Aroma: hints of caramel, intense malts. Appearance: amber, small head.. Taste: medium sweetness. Palate: soft carbonation, refreshingly light bitterness, overall malty sweetness. Pint at The Cat & Canary, Canary Wharf.

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