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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2662   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
lamas (1657) - 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 (1183) - 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.

3.7
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2005
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Coppery amber w/ an almost non existant white head. I’ll 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.

2.8
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.

3.5
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2005
Pours reddish-brown with small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt. Medium bodied. Flavor has notes of caramel and nuttiness with just the right balance of hop bitterness. Pretty good example of this style.

3.4
Padron4KM (811) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2005
Aged 18.6oz bottle. Best before 20/Dec/03

Pours out clear amber with reddish tints. Doesn’t quite fit into pint glass on one pour. Head is small. 1" tall and quickly fades to a thin cap. Sticky lace.

Aroma is caramel and toffee with an underlying scent of dirty socks.

Palate is kind of thin , but it has nice flavors of caramel, toffee and some piney hops.

Short bittersweet finish.
Not too bad for a beer 16 months past it’s prime. didn’t age as well as the IPA but still did well.

2.9
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2005
Nice clean crisp amber color. Aroma reminded me of cookie dough. Nice bitter flavor. I will need to try it again.

3.4
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2005
Kids of my generation were given a spoonful of malt every day. I don’t know why. Perhaps they thought it was good for us. The aroma and flavour of this beer brought back memories of a British childhood in the nineteen fifties. It looked pretty good in a straight sided glass and I enjoyed the bitterness.


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