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


on tap

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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.

medallaisla's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
medallaisla (91) - - AUG 14, 2012
Hazy amber. Very malty, nutty, with lots of toffee and caramel. Fruits that go well with the maltiness. Mmm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (623) - NORWAY - JUL 7, 2014
Cask at The Red Lion, Piccadilly, London. Copper. Uneven beige head. Moderate aroma of caramel. Fruity taste, also with caramel. English hops both in aroma and taste. Fine aftertaste. I have, however, tasted Fuller’s ESB from cask in better condition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (560) - CROATIA - JUN 23, 2014
Cask at the Lamb and Flag, Covent Garden, London. Pours amber with off white head. Malts, caramel, toffee some fruits as well. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1073) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (1611) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
Cask@Charlies Bar, CPH - amber pour with good beige head. Aroma and taste is toasty malty, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some light herbal and floral hoppy notes. Had this many times years back in bottle and cask, but never rated cask until now. Still really like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
Draught at the Green Lion Inn. Copper with a light brown head. Aroma medium malty (caramel, roasted, fruity) and hoppy (flowery, spicy). Flavor medium sweet, bitter and spicy. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Cask at Victoria near Paddington. Fresh pull with a generous head. Nose is a bit malty with some milder hop profiles. Goes down very smooth with a slight bitter ending. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DroolYeast (206) - Odder, 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 (715) - 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 (1975) - 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.

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