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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2825) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2016
Cask at Black Door. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, nuts, toffee, toast and caramel. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, nuts, toast and toffee. Very nice ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebastokrator (45) - - JUN 25, 2016
Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head. Nose is toffee, caramel, and citrus. Taste is a bit sweet from the malt cut with fig, raisin, and floral notes from the hops. Very smooth with light carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ndburns (125) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2016
Pint on cask at The Mad Bishop and Bear (Paddington). Pours a reddish copper with a small white head. Aroma is muted, spring fruit, malt. Flavor is much more vibrant, malt, spices, caramel. A little sweetness up front, and a bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Cask at pub Great copper hue with a sudsy white head and great lacing. Herbal tea like hop qualities in both flavor and aroma. Great example of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alec_burt (1) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2016 does not count
A very nice beer with a kick to it perfect for waiting in airports for a horrible flight

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2016
Cask at the Paisley Beer Festival 2016. Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Aromas of light malt, faint spice. Taste is more of the same. Good body. Long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anfractuosity (315) - - APR 3, 2016
Lovely ESB, nice caramel undertones. Very quaffable. Darkish amber in colour....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4109) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Fullers at Heathrow. Orange-golden color with a sticky white head. Caramel, citrus, leaves, bread on the aroma. Flavor is balanced, caramel malts, mildly sweet, slight bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. A very well done ESB.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eastwood (153) - Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2016
Tomada en la nueva fŠbrica de Cotoya. Suave, ligera, fŠcil de beber. Soy poco dado a los cask

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (1996) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 8, 2016
Cask, @Fiesta Cask Asturias. 07/02/2016 Color Šmbar, sabor caramelo, notas frutales, facil de beber.


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