Fuller's Anniversary Ale / Special Edition ESB

Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Chiswick, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Cask: Special. Brewed to mark the 160th anniversary of the brewery. Originally released as Red Diamond. Bottle Conditioned for Fuller’s Fine Ale Club, and as Special Edition ESB for Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club.

Ingredients: 91.5% Optic Malt, 3.5% Crystal Malt and 5% Flaked Maize; Goldings. Dry hopped with Goldings and matured for 3 months.

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GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle #00859 - Interesting beer here. While I’m a big fan of Fullers ESB, I wasn’t sure what to expect here. Aroma was hopped but very malt forward. Appearance was amber in color with nice conditioning. Mouthfeel was a bit thick for me but still enjoyable. Flavors were oaky, and earthy and a bit salty which I found enjoyable. Overall, I’d say this is a decent beer.

TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2006
And an anniversary of sorts for me too - being my 300th rating, and a good drop to bring it up with too (and one I drink in honour of newly born yalnikim junior - may he have the opportunity to drink as many a fine an ale as I have/will). Pint pulled at The Flute & Whistle in Putney (London), brown with a thin bubbly beige head. A flowery and fruity aroma with apricots and tangerine. A very smooth palate with tangy undertones, combining with the juicy malt and spicy hops flavours (with a hint of plums).

fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
Amber color; big head; lace. Aroma of demerara sugar and malt. Quite good Bitter, with some malt, but not exceptional. Very strong bitterness.

JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Sweet and malty aroma with some funky foot-smell hops. Glowing reddish amber in color with a fluffy white head and some lacing. Snappy lemon hops are interwoven with a strong and fruity sweet malt flavor. Crisp finish. Some alcohol in the flavor.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
Cask Stillage at Edgeley Park, Stockport 03/06/2005 Amber mid brown colour and strong in alcohol. Fruity and slightly spicy. Some bitterness in a crisp full malt finish.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle # 3043 from the very generous Zanthrus13 - Thanks Jeff! - Pours copper with a medium offwhite head that stays very well and laces down the glass. Aromas of nuts, caramel malts, and some light hops.. Flavor is quite malty. Caramel, nuts, very sweet and smooth. Slight bitter hop finish. Palate is silky smooth and very drinkable. Deliciously malty and a treat to drink

DanielBrown (4563) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Hand pulled at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. A big flavour in this dark, ruddy chestnut beer. Lots of tangy hops, and quite a mouth-attacking, citric underpinned rolling maltiness. Much better than normal ESB, and I can’t help feeling that this would love to a double IPA, if only it wasn’t English.

KnutAlbert (6798) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2005
A pint of the cask version at the Bell & Crown, Chiswick. Dark ruby colur, nice head. Properly served in a proper glass, which means it has cellar temperature - not too cold and not too warm. Beautiful lacing on the glass. A very English taste. Smooth, but with the malt and the hops lingering underneath. Fruity, yet dry in the finish. A good beer, but not splendid enough to rank with the best of the other Fuller’s beers.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Thanks to EddieG for this extra. Pours red with a white head. Smells very nutty with nice malty undertones. Taste is slightly bitter and metallic with a near perfect balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Nice fruity elements pop up as the beer warms to room temperature. Mouthfeel is velvety and rich. Finish leaves you wanting more.

zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Thanks to EddieG for this bottle. Pours a deep copper/amber color, with a white head. Aroma is hops and malt. Flavor is hops and malt, with some nuts and caramel as well. Ends dry.

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