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


on tap

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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned (mainly for export). Canned version is pasteurised and listed separately.
History : Horndean Special Bitter (HSB) was first brewed in 1959 to meet a growing demand for a higher strength bitter. Sales growth was slow throughout the sixties when BBB and the cask milds were the predominant Gales beers. However, following the creation of CAMRA and the greater public interest in cask conditioned beer, HSB sales grew throughout the seventies and eighties and became Gales major brand. Production moved to Fullers in early 2006.

joe19612's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (2362) - camberley, Surrey, - AUG 11, 2007
GBBF 2007. Poured a dark brown colour with a sweet, caramel aroma, with plenty of hops. Roasted caramel malt, sweetness and alcohol. A very good full bodied beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maclennan73 (2) - Hove, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2016 does not count
One of my favourite beers of all time. I literally go out of my way for this fantastic, full bodied, reasonably strong, caramel dark and very quaffable, behemoth of an ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (6723) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2015
On cask @ Fuller’s pub at Heathrow Terminal 2. Smooth malty beginning. Soft and round with nice roast and smooth bitterness. Great Ale-characteristics, smooth but not too dry body. The aftertaste is smooth, malty and long. Very nice and round. Hints of nuts and caramel in the end. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (3471) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
0,3l from cask @ Harry’s. Pours deep amber with a medium soapy head. Aroma is sweet nutty malts. Flavor is nutty slightly roasted malts with some hops. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (1190) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2015
Cask @ Bishops Arms Hornsgatan. Clear amber, one-finger-sized head, good lacing. Vinous aroma, caramel and earthy and woody notes. Gently carbonated and smooth mouthfeel. Caramel taste without being too sweet, bread dough, red apples and hints of red wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (3329) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2015
Cask. Parcel Yard, Kings Cross. Clear amber colour. Frothy, off white head. Aroma is all fruit cake. Nutty, and vinous. Some caramel malts. Taste is fruity sweet first off, then gets vinous and light, burnt bitter. Decent body. Finishes with more of the vinous fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Leini (1549) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2015
Pint @ a local bar. Hazy brown/mahogany body, with no crown. Red berries, dried fruit, wood & wet herbs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (4120) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2015
Håndpumpet pint på Tufnell Park Tavern, med Julian og Kitty: ah, dette er hva engelske bryggere eksellerer i: relativt alkholsvake men meget smaksrIke og komplekse øl. Nydelig fruktighet kombinert med avrundet ettersmak, ved perfekt serveringstemperatur gjør den eminent drikkbar. Det tette skummet fulgte med til bunns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (18610) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Cask. Clear dark amber color, tan head. Aroma has subtle biscuit and black pepper. Taste is subtle toasted caramel. Subtle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
themightylazza (108) - - SEP 6, 2015
This is a very old school beer, but not really in a good way. Aroma is very malty and rather stale, dark amber appearance, the palate is malty but undistinguished, dry malty finish. Some may like this traditional bitter, but brewing in this country has moved on a lot since its heyday, not enough craft or flavour for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1497) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2015
.3l @Harry’s. Pours clear amber with bigbubbled medium head. Aroma is malts, bread, caramel and hint of nutty. Flavor is mostly same. Great!

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