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

bottled
available

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2638   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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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.

4
can8ianben (1556) - 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.

3.4
Nuffield (4180) - 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.

3.2
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.

3.1
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.

3.1
tjthresh (1873) - 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 couldn’t 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. I’d like to try another. Maybe draft or a cask version.

3.3
lamas (1642) - 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.

3.2
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.

3.5
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.

3.8
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 didn’t know better I’d think ESB stands for Extra Special Brew! Very tasty and I’ll reach for this one again soon.


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