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


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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

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rosenbergh (12095) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2011
Cask at the George IV, London, England.
Deep amber colour with tiny white frothy head. Dark malt, fruity dark hops and bitterness in aroma. Flavour is fruity hops, malt and some sweetness. Slightly flat.

madsberg (11866) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
Cask @ Charlies Pub, Cph.: Reddish/amber coloured. Unclear. Small white head. Malty and light hopped aroma. Notes of caramel and fruit. Flavour is hoppy and light herbal. Quite smooth and drinkable, but a little thin in the body. Ends on a medium bitter note.

77ships (11747) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2017
1/2 Pint Cask @ Parcel Yard. Clear amber, tanned head. Nose is sweet caramel, biscuit, sugar, toffee. Taste is caramel, toffee, sugar, finish is dry leaves. Very dry bodied, leaves and sugar. Quite nice and so much better than the limp bottled version even if they are scored the other way around on RB.

ManVsBeer (11723) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2013
Copper coloured, but looks flat with no head on it. It’s full bodied and you can feel the strength a little, but mostly sweet in aroma and taste.

allmyvinyl (11408) - 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.

jercraigs (11312) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
Cask @ Volo Cask Days 2007, Toronto. Rich amber body with just bubbles for a head. Must hop aroma, floral fruit notes in the aroma. Moderate bitterness throughout, odd fruity tang is pleasant but a bit strange. Light earthy hops throughout. Average palate. Pleasant session brew, but a bit underwhelming.

gnoff (11277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2017 First rating
Rating added 6/20/2006
Pint (Cask) at Bishops Arms (Västra Hamngatan) Gothenburg, Sweden.
Brown color, big tan head. Fruity hoppy aroma. Quite bitter flavor, high bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Some bitter almond taste in there. Bitter aftertaste. Feels a bit thin after a while. I can remember it tasting better.

Cask ½ pint at Ship Inn, Wokingham, on June 14, 2017.
Had it on cask before, but gave it a fairly poor score, wanter to revisit. Also last time I rated this on cask was 11 years ago, so time for it again I think.
Malty, fruity, red berries taste. Bitter, sort of harsh at first, then mellows out in a nice fruity hoppy finish. Medium full soft mouthfeel, more CO2 than I want in a cask ale though. Clear deep copper to light brown color, small off-white head without lacing. Fruity, berries, hoppy, sweet scent.

Fin (11259) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Cask at the Marsh Harrier, Cowley, Oxford regularly . Amber (dark) beer with a small tight head, very rich and fruity in the aroma and this follows through into the mouth. A very complex and intriguing beer that really does hook you but at 5.5% downing a few of these on a Sunday night with work the day after is foolhardy. This is a top notch beer just a bit too strong for regular consumption. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8 Had this again on Cask handpump at The Queens Head, Farnham, Saturday 10th March 2012 Pours Amber mid brown with a good clearness, there is a small off white head. This is malt heavy and whilst rich, fruity and quite flavoursome as always, its been a long while since I’ve had this on cask, as well served and kept as it was I really have moved on I think and didn’t enjoy this half as much as I used to. A6 A5 T6 P4 Ov12 3.3

KyotoLefty (11020) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2010
Cask at Barrow Boy and Banker near London Bridge. Medium to dark amber. Fruity malt aroma, a bit sweet. Good caramel flavor as well. Fruity flavor, great malt, strong hops but not bitter. Great balance. Round, mellow, excellent.

pivnizub (11006) - Bochum, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2007
On draught (The Victoria, London) Deep reddish amber coloured, slowly diminishing off-white fluffy head, robust fruity (dark fruits, raisins) nose, hints of caramel and a fat hoppy touch; solid bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; long lasting, lingering fruity-bitter finish with an increasing bitterness towards the very end. A well balanced, moreish Ale.............

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