overall
94
100
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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3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pouler (10) - Ňrhus V, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2005
Dark amber colour and a shortly lasting white head. Not a very strong aroma -earthy and some fruit. Only little carbonation, but a nice smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of dark bread, hops, and peach? Followed by a nice bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (992) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Dark orange color. Slight head that unfortunately goes away almost immediately. Not much aroma. Taste maltier than I expected giving away to a dry slightly bitter flavor. Not my style but I can see where lovers of an ESB would really like this one. I just tried it to try it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottled. Pours a lovely light amber color, with a frothy head that dissapates rather quickly. Bready, biscuity taste with a nice bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
A little grainy along with butter aroma. Deep dense honey gold color accompanied by a frothy head that turns into a film over the beer. Extremely bitter, but good. Flavor has a slight honey and butterscotch behind the mainly strong and prominent wheat and grain bread flavor.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Beautiful color. English ale aroma. Gentle carbonation. Rich mouthfeel. Most wonderful malt and bitter balance. Finishes dry with lingering caramel and hop tone with a firm, yet not overpowering bitterness. Seductive. Top of its class.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Tap. Light copper color, a bit of a white head, not much lacing on my glass. Aroma is nice and fruity, not much else. Flavor is very bitter, pretty light, not much malt character or anything else like that, I thought it was kind of weak. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. In my opinion, the Rogue is a much better example of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
"Beer engine" at Romanís Pub. Nice coppery hazy body with a thick creamy white head. I didnít really take any notes, but it had a fresh light fruity hop body, nice and soft. Very drinkable and pleasant.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
I had this from a beer engine at Romanís. The appearance is copper with a thick creamy head. The lacing... geez, could it stick to the glass more? :) It actually dried on the glass. Aroma is a sweet red grape yogurt. A bit weak. Thereís other stuff that I canít detect. The palate is thin to medium mouthfeel that is slightly dry. The flavor is a sweet red grape covered by bitter hops. This beer is good (for a bitter), but I donít think itís as good as people are rating it (as a beer).

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Found this at the corner Osama store. Very,very good! Bottle pored a dark copper with a small head but nice stringy lacing. Aroma of light malts. Flavor is great! East sweet malt, smoke, caramel, hopps on the palate. This beer was really good! I will be going back to the Osama store to get more of these!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1957) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2016 Vibrant brown with a red tinge. Modest head shows poor retention. Malty nose contains an almost confectionary like note - very nice. Palate follows up nicely; more malty notes with caramel and some sweet nuts. Hops kick late and are almost unusually fresh for the style. Nearly lifts the beer into the modern age :) (Tesco 157 baht)


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