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


on tap

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RATINGS: 217   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.

sm89walt's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1902) - Sydney, - AUG 12, 2009
Cask - Dark chestnut brown with hues of red and a fine, creamy off-white head. Nutty, malty and roasty aromas with light hints of red fruits. Rich, sweet and chocolatey flavours. Good mouthfeel, predominantly malty ESB with a dry, peppery finish, low carbonation and nice palate texture. No complaints with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (684) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2016
Tasting glass @ brewery tasting room. Looks darker than your average bitter. And there is also much more flavours than in your usual bitter. I really don’t know where the taste comes from, some micro-organisms in the process? It is not hops or just malts there something else from the yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4038) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Cask at Fullers, Heathrow Airport. Clear dark chestnut-mahogany color with a sticky one finger cream-colored head. Aroma is black tea, fall leaves, and English toffee. Medium sweet flavor, caramel and toffee, with a mildly bitter leafy and herbal finish. Medium body and a very smooth feel. Quite legit.

   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 (7274) - 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 (3727) - 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 (1545) - 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 (3756) - 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 (1676) - 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 (4439) - 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 (19872) - 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.

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