overall
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style
Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
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.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StuffWine (155) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2017
Poured a magnificent deep clear orange with a loose white head that diminished not too quickly. Aroma soft and sweet malts, mild bitter hops and honey. Rich flavours, initially lightly toasted malt moving quickly to bitter, but then slooowly morphing back into malt and light honey, but also a faint presence of alcohol. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, slick texture, with a long bitter-sweet finish. Oh I do want more of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (251) - - JAN 13, 2017
On tap at The Pub in Lexington. Aroma was strongly toffee and caramel with some fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kasap (25) - Skopje, MACEDONIA - JAN 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear copper with small off-white head that doesnít last much and leaves minimal lacing. Malty aroma, with caramel, toffee, bread and biscuits most notably; later some discrete alcohol also develops. Taste follows the aroma, light to medium sweet with notes of caramel, bread and biscuits, that continues in mild bitterness and subtle warming alcohol at the very end. Light to medium bodied, with somewhat oily texture and soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1510) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Type: 330-ml. bottle Glass: Hardwood Artisans shaker pint glass From: My friend, Alistair Price: N/A Purchased: N/A; Received on Dec. 31, 2016 Consumed: Dec. 31, 2016 Reviewed as: Extra Special / Strong Bitter Misc.: Best by Feb. 15, 2017 at 11:05 a.m. MT Was left over from a New Yearís Eve party. Had a bottle with a friend and actually liked it. Gave it a 3.75 on Untappd, but think it will be higher here. Surprised I had never reviewed it. I guess Iím not exactly and expert with this style, so will go into it with an open mouth. Poured a light amber clear color with two fingers of off-white frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average spotty lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled caramel, toffee, earthy floral, plum, spoiled dark fruits, unsweetened iced tea and rye spices. (Smell - 4.25) Clean and crisp on the taste. Got earthy floral, dark fruits, spices (rye?), toffee candy, buttery caramel, pear, dark red apple and a touch of iced tea. (Taste - 4.50) Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Clean, crisp finish. (Feel - 4.25) Wow. Really liked this for the style. Got better each sip. (Overall - 4.25) 4.32 96 A

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ngunity (157) - - JAN 2, 2017
From pint bottle. Pours with one finger of large bubbled head and minimal retention. Beer is light amber and perfectly clear. Very pretty. Aroma is of a rich maltiness. Taste is similarly malty and delicious. Reasonably easy drinking

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleRider78 (830) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2016
Pours a very small layer of foamy off-white head. Has a golden/amber appearance. ok lacing. Aromas are pretty faint, malted barley, light roasted malts, a bit citrusy. Pretty mild. Flavours are quite malty and a bit of citrus hops. Mild sweetness and definitely bitter but not as expected. Barley malts are also noticeable. Medium carbonation. Tingling mouthfeel and also slightly watery. Pretty good, will try again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arsol (1029) - NORWAY - DEC 26, 2016
Klar brun farge med luftig hvitt skum. Lukter karamell og noe krydder. Lite fylde og smaker av honning, krydder. Bitter avslutnig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzi (310) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matzou (125) - SPAIN - DEC 24, 2016
ņ: caramel earthy ņ: clear copper body T: Lighty sweet spicy earthy hoo P: medium O: goos

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (1045) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2016
Pours clear amber color with a tight, 1-finger bone-colored head. Aroma of caramel malt, with notes of bread and citrus. Medium body with just a touch of oil. Mild dryness to the finish. Nutty and caramel malt flavors, with just a touch of citrus. A bit of a bread note at the back.


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