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


on tap

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RATINGS: 311   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGD (110) - 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 (901) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3765) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
Pint at the Tempest Colby. Clear Amber colour with a creamy white head. Aroma is malty with some bitter sweet citrus. Taste is too. Start light sweet and has a mid bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2015
Tap. Caramel colored pour with a slick of white foam. Aroma is mostly sweet malt with some toasted notes in the background. Taste is sweet caramel and toasted malt with the slightest bitterness in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel. nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4052) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
Pours copper with low white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and citrus. Lightly bitter taste with a sweet caramel touch. Slightly bland body with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6983) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2015
Clear nutty fluid with a small off white layer. Still a nice lacing. Caramel malty, a bit fruity and mild hoppy aroma. Decent body. Quite soft carbonation. Moderate sweet and an ok bitterness. Although it has a bit to soft carbonation. This one is still quite fresh and nice to drink. Not some dull dead caramel liquid. Fruity, herbal, hoppy and a bit toffee in the flavor. Nice ale.
[On tap at Barrowboy & Banker (Fullerís) in London, England]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3508) - 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 (9284) - 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 (10626) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours golden, nose is butter, toffee, caramel, taste is similar.

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