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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 305   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 Fuller’s 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 hasn’t 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 don’t charge double the price you have offered to get them to serve it to you. Try this once and you too will be hooked!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (8695) - 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 (305) - - 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 (4000) - 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 (140) - Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2016
Tomada en la nueva fábrica de Cotoya. Suave, ligera, fácil 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 (1715) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 8, 2016
Cask, @Fiesta Cask Asturias. 07/02/2016 Color ámbar, sabor caramelo, notas frutales, facil de beber.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (2114) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 8, 2016
Cask. Pinta en fábrica Cotoya Oviedo. 0u..02..2016. (r300). Color cerezo oscuro con poca espuma blanca. Aromas y sabores lupulados con Toques herbaceos y maltosos algo caramelizados. Ligero amargo final. Buena.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (1427) - ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2016
Cask at Benny’s Cask Ale Pub. Clear orange-amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma of peach, citrus and caramel. Taste - sweet malty and fruity hops flavors, with notes of honey, caramel, bread, well balanced with pleasant hoppy bitterness, quite flavorful. Medium-bodied, silky smooth. Great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3807) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2016
Cask at Benny’s Cask Ale Pub, Kfar Saba. Clear dark gold white head. Malt, bread and some toffee with fresh fruity notes. Soft bitterness and mild citrus in the mouth. full body, mild bitter f8nish and toasted notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (1192) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2016
Cask at Benny’s Cask Ale Pub, Kfar Saba. Clear golden-orange with small off-white head. The aroma has some caramel and some sweetish fruitiness. Bitterish flavor with notes of caramel, fruity, a bit grassy, lingering bitter finish, dry. Medium-bodied. Very good from cask.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (10563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2016
Cask at Benny’s Cask Ale Pub in Kfar Saba. Rather clear copper-orange with a bit of white foam. Nice aroma of floral, citric and earthy hops, slightly toasty malt, a caramel hint. Flavor has some sweetish malt, toast, a bit of caramel, a light nutty note, and nice bitter hops - citric, earthy, floral. Medium-bodied, flat. Good one.


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