kamanova_boy (534) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle from Damian. Clear amber colour with small white head. Aroma of honey , caramel and hops. Nice taste, hops, caramel, soft carbonation, dry finish. Pleasant beer. IOzh (201) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - NOV 12, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours clear dark red with small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, malts, fruits. Medium to full, creamy body with soft carbonation. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Bitter finish. Pretty good. alexmate (335) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2017
Pours an almost amber colour, thin white head with nice lacing. Aroma of caramel and orange peel. Taste of marmalade as advertised and a sweet biscuit base caramel finish. Hides the alcohol well. Recommended. humpah (399) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2017
0,5l Bottle from Alko. Pours reddish brown color with slight head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malts, citrus, nuts, fruitiness, grassy herbal notes, toffee. Quite sweet nutty taste at first, medium notable bitterness and hoppiness. Medium body, bittersweet aftertaste. Solid all around, sweet hoppy ale. Bill Becker (2051) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Oct 2007
I got this sample in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
My, it's been years since I've had my last Fuller's ESB and I was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it yet.
This pours from 16.9 oz bottle(best by 30/Sep/06) a clear amber-red with a small but firm head of foam. Note: I poured the entire bottle into my "Killian's Irish Red" pint glass and it never even threatened to overflow. Cool.
The smell is nice and malty. Lots of caramel with a touch of fruit and a touch of grain.
The taste has a big caramel kick up front with a touch of butterscotch, some dark fruit)plum) and a bigger note of wild cherries that add a slight pungency that works well on my palate. Man, I've always liked this ESB but trouble is, most of the time that I seek it out, nay, every time I seek it out, it's well past its best by date. Good thing that an "old" Fuller's ESB is *still* a mighty tasty brew.
Anywho, it has a good thickish mouthfeel and the carbonation is light. Good stuff!
meccahh69lol (366) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2017
Didn't notice until too late that the bottle is a best by May 2017 so might need to do a re-rate down the road, but will evaluate as it stands. Smells a lil skunky syrupy and with heavy malt doses. Looks like an amber beet vitamin pee anaranjado. The flavor is a bit too much malt and some skunked sweetness with some yakky bitter on the aftertaste. You can see how it might be a lot better fresh, but this is still a fairly rapid descent. Good for a pre Halloween weekend watching stuff in bed sesh with your boo boo who already brushed their teeth. SvanteL (651) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2017
Vackert bärnstensfärgad med medelstor skumkrona. Mycket knäck och smörkola i doften blandat med fin fruktighet av aprikoser och lite pomerans. Söt och god smak med massor av knäck och kola, fruktigheten finns också där och det hela avslutas med en bra beska. En riktigt fin klassisk ESB.
Franzen (688) - SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2017
Nutty, bready, a bit of fruit like red apple and pumpkin. Smooth texture, low carbonation, malty with a low to medium bitterness. BeerViking (5193) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2017
Bottle a week from its best-before, is actually slightly past it, sadly. Pours a rich red-brown with a small, fast-settling head, fruit, cocoa and honey aromas, toasty caramel and dark marmalade but with a faint tart, papery tang. Dry and hoppy finish wirh hints of oak.
sccp1910 (294) - BRAZIL - SEP 17, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2018 Aroma intenso e agradavel. Cor avermelhada, amargor balanceado, porem deixando uma certa suavidade em seu paladar.