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

bottled
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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juseq (158) - FINLAND - FEB 7, 2013
Pours clear amber with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is spicy and has some hops and a hint of berrylike sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth obviously, full and has a hint of carbonation. Taste is malty and consistent with aroma, though the sweetness is more like raisins. Malty and bitter aftertaste. Nice!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OllieBBommel (1040) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2013
Beer@tasting. Head: almost none. Colour: clear, golden. Aroma: hops, bitter, malt. Taste: bitter. Palate: dry, mild, medium bitter finish, low CO2. Overall: very good.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hanskpauley (5) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
The first ESB is still broadly the best. Fullers makes an amazing ESB in both the cask and bottled categories.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mugen (47) - ITALY - DEC 22, 2012
Speziata ma delicata, amaro giusto e bellíodore di luppolo intenso. Bel colore ocra

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Cask pull at the Red Lion, Uxbridge. Who knows how many times Iíve had this beer? A lot. Itís about as solid a version of the style as they come, with Fullers so reliable in this regard. Nice amber pour with a healthy froth. Soft malts and light fruit in the nose, along with the promise of fragrant, spicy hops. Well balanced in the flavor as you might think, with a bit more fruit and biscuit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Pours a hazy and brown beer with a weak white head. The aroma is malt, caramel and hops with grass. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness with notes of bitterness. Overall an average beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmgreenuk (4004) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2012
Cask at The Bishops Arms (Gustav Adolfs Torg) Malmo. Golden brown pour with a thin white head. A rather fruity aroma leading to a mellow fruity malty taste. It seems much less bitter than the bottled version and perhaps not bitter enough. I wonder if its been sitting in the pipes for too long. Still very drinkable though.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Clear amber, nice fluffy and solid cask head. Cottony malty aroma. Flavor has a subtle caramel toffee but a lot of coppery tin flavor which ruins it

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
Cask at Goldengrove, JDW, London. Pours clear russet with a fine, white froth crown. Fruity nose with light berries. Light to medium sweet flavor, some nice, semi-ripe berries, touches of brown sugar, hints of alcohol and leaves. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, some moderate toasted sugars, more berry fruits, very mellow leafy bitterness, mild lightly toasted bread. Itís a fine beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kalervo (666) - FINLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Really good, solid extra special bitter. Always really enjoyable beer.


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