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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 258   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.


Fat's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fat (3) - - AUG 8, 2012
My favorite English beer, very important to drink it young. True afficionados drink it the day it is delivered - the publican may say it hasnít settled - ignore him and offer twice the usual price. When delivered it is bright, exciting the very elixir of life with hops whizzing around in the glass in the excited bubbles. It may look like a snow storm but the taste is out of this world. I have never met a publican that once persuaded to serve it on the day it is delivered is not hooked himself - they usually donít charge double the price you have offered to get them to serve it to you. Try this once and you too will be hooked!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (370) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Cask at gbbf - amber with a beige head. Aroma of grassy hop, lemon, sweet malt, hints of pineapple and passion fruit. Taste of fruit and malt with grass and lemon, followed by a light bitterness. Medium body. Super tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (255) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Cask at the Barley Mow, Epsom. Pours mid brown with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel and biscuit. Bitter finish, slightly oily.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (278) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Appearance is amber, very clear, with a small white foamy head which disappears. Malty aroma, with orange and marmalade. Hoppy taste, orange peel, understated bitterness, nice and refreshing finish. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin (446) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
cask. Deep amber, frothy head. Bread and caramel malts, light grassy bitter finish. Classic ESB.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (818) - 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 Fullerís ESB from cask in better condition.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (637) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1362) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (1841) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (3717) - Holbśk, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1513) - 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.


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