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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 A classic that I have finally got around to trying. Amber color, not much of a head and no lace. Very slight sweet smell of rum and butter-scotch in the nose. Bread, alcohol, and faint caramel taste. Bitter finish, as expected. Ok, but not worth the price.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (4059) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pours a nice red amber with a quickly dissapearing head. Nice flavors of slightly toasted malts and hops. Bitter finish. I experienced funny hoppy burbs after this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark orangey amber. Complex aroma of malt and hop in good balannce, bit of earth, toast, apricot. Good body. Long finish. Good stuff, but better on draught.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Buttery and soft, malty, fruity hops. Just complex enough to stay interesting for a while. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2005
I know this beer is the "classic" ESB. First off, on tap, nicee copper color, light whitish head. Smelled like sugary maltness, and a little hops. I consider myself a fan of Premium Bitters, but there was something in the flavor of this beer, diacytl(spelling?) flavor of butterscotch that really turned me off. Other than that an OKAy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotty (1186) - SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2005
Thin head,leaves nice lacework though. Big hoppy nose, hints of malt in the background, very nice. Palate explodes with a lovely mix of sweet malt and fruity hops, leaving a well balanced finish. A big complex brew, satisfying stuff. Morrisons Berwick upon Tweed

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Pours a clear amber with a very thin white head. Head goes away quickly. Smells of lightly fruity malt and tea leaves. Taste is also of fruity malt (apples, plum, maybe spiced raisin) and some hoppiness in the finish but not what I would expect from a bitter. Mouth is crisp and refreshing. It’s OK for drinkablility. I’ve made my way through most of the sixer I picked up and have yet to figure out the appeal of this beer. Pretty boring and not very tasty to me. Maybe an old sixer, maybe just not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 Aroma is fullers hoppy. Taste is caramel, fullers usual hoppyness but with a well balanced use of malt. I have to say this is one of the best iv had from fullers, well balanced, could go a few of them too. I think this would go excellently with food so ill need to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Couleur ambrée d’apparence mi-opaque, mousse beige pale pleinement diminuante. Arômes de foin, de malt grillé, cire à crayon et de chien mouillé. Malt caramel et doux toffee en bouche. Houblon typiquement britannique, très floral et cireux. Corps d’une bonne épaisseur. Finale mi-sèche et légèrement oxydé. Pas très complexe, ce qui est parfois désirable. Bouteille, Charlie’s Liquor Store, Boston Janvier 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1519) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Had this one from a 12 ounce bottle from the states. nice red colour with a big white head which disipates quickly. The aroma is nice; sweet molasses, maybe some prune aroma. Deep malty taste is similar with loads of burnt molasses flavour and some nice bitterness. It doesn’t have huge depth, not as complex as other beers but very nicely different. I was very happily surprised. Thanks to downtown wine and gourmet, Harrisonburg, VA.

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