Brewed by Fullerís
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Bottle (cool looking, thin, 12 oz. bottle). I feel sort of guilty rating both the cask and bottle version; at any rate, I just had a bottle. It produced a big off-white head of irregular character and a glowing amber body. Strong caramel notes also contained some chocolatey flavors, with a lot of burnt toast and hop bitterness. Good fruitiness too. Somewhat oily but not especially aggressive of carbonation. Generally satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2005
Copper coloured, off-white tall head. Spicy aroma with some minerals. Hops. Mild yet firm hoppy flavour. Some underlying malty sweetness. Bitter finish. Typical bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle. Poured a nice, clear brown with some red highlights. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma and flavor. Sweet caramel and toffe. Finish is bitter, but very mild tasting english hops. Decent, but nothing worth raving about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2005
1 pint .9 fl oz bottle poured in to a nonic glass Best Before 14/OCT/05 Appearance: Brilliantly clear. Thick white head that sticks to the side of the glass. Med/Light Carb Aroma: Big malt aroma. Caramel, toffee, some fruity esters. I couldnít really detect much hop aroma. Flavor: Mild hop bitterness. Malty sweet. A bit of lingering alcohol. Some oxidation Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth. Overall: Not bad, but I had really high expectations for this beer. Iíd like to try another. Maybe draft or a cask version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1630) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2005
Bottle. Best before date: 12/02/05. Clear copper pour with medium-sized off-white head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Caramel, toffee and dirt are present in the nose. Nicely balanced and pretty smooth. Sweets malts predominate the initial tastes and are followed by a bitter finish. A solid session beer, though nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2005
Poured a clear amber with a minimal head. Caramel/sugar cane aroma. Heavy sweetness and only medium bitterness. I was expecting more. Palate was nothing special. Disappointed that the sweetness overwhelmed the bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2005
bottle. pours brown like a beer bottle with an off white almost tan head. nice caramel malt flavor with some hop bitterness on the finish. a good but not great ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2005
Pours copper color with a small tan head and lots of carbonation rising to the top after the head dissipates. Aroma is crystal malt, caramel, toffee and slight hops. The flavor is very smooth caramel and some toffee like a turtle sundae with nuts. Very smooth on the palate with just enough bitterness on the back side. This is a very smooth drinking brew. If I didnít know better Iíd think ESB stands for Extra Special Brew! Very tasty and Iíll reach for this one again soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2005
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Coppery amber w/ an almost non existant white head. Iíll blame the glass. Caramel and herbal hop aroma @ first. Biscuity & bready malt w/ a hint of diacetyl as well as lightly yeasty. Toasty malt as it warms. Well balanced but lightly to bitter from start to finish. Bready and yeasty w/ some grassy herbal hop notes in the finish & aftertaste. Moderately fruity(green apple). Medium body, low carbonation, smooth! A good beer w/ some nice complexities for a moderate alcohol beer. Easy drinking and flavorful, but not over powering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
Bottle. Fruity malty flavours on the nose but unfortunately crystal malt was overly noticeable - a turnoff for me. Vaguely balanced and drinkable but in an unexciting way.

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