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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: 2647   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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3.5
Stew41 (2066) - 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)

2.9
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. Dark red gold with a fluffy ivory head that faded quickly Nose: piney hops and vanilla. Taste: caramel malt, almonds, hazelnuts and toffee overlaid on a strong hop background. A nice, balanced beer, but not my particular cup of brew.

3.7
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Retasted 31/08/2007. 500ml bottle from Thordon New World. Malt balanced - I love that yeast! - with a good flourish of fruity spicy hops and a shade too much carbonic character. 2005 comments pretty much sum up the situation, though I picked up a good deal of nutty/bready malt flavour that wasn’t noted last time. Tasted 03/01/2005. 500ml bottle. Pours a lovely rose gold with a thin white pillowy head. Aroma is orange, peach yoghurt and boiled sweets. Some goldings in there I believe. Strong malt flavour with a slight burnt toffee taste. Palate is left with a slightly burnt bitterness also.

4
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
I enjoyed this in a bottle at the Red Lion pub in Chicago, Il. A very British-tasting Ale (duh!) and, of course, I enjoyed it much better when I had it out of a Cask while London. Still, not a bad beer even in the bottle. Malty yet almost miraculously smooth. A subtle hint of hard candy flavoring. A very "chewy" beer. Coats the mouth well.

3.9
gatsby15 (16) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Bottle. Poured with a -- I suppose a ruby colour, but I am not sure if that is the right way to describe it. Complex flavours, paricularly sweet flavours. Finishes the way one might expect a good bitter to. Quality beer.

3.7
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
On tap at Firewaters in A.C.. Clear amber color with a medium size white head. Biscuity malt aroma and flavor with just a touch of hop bitterness. Makes for a nice pint.

3.6
steinlifter (1) - Spfld, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2004 does not count
This poured a light caramel, smell was sweet toffee, hint of alcohol, the taste was, smooth at 1st, a bit fruity, hint of coffee, finished very dry and bitter, however mellows, and smoothens after a few seconds, mouthfeel is chewy, overall, this is a pretty solid bitter, I enjoyed it after getting used to the initial bitterness, I would have it again.

4.8
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2004
DRAFT: Deep, deep gold in color with a well-sustained, off-white head. Aroma is distinctly Fullers (more so than the London Pride) with a very solid but elegant caramel malt character and a good dose of Goldings in the aroma. Sweet, rich almost burnt caramel malt complements the hops and yeast character and finishes the beer into one of the most delicately flavorful and integrated malt and hop finishes in the world. This beer traverses complexity. You can actually have several taste sensations at the same time that are separate on the palate or you can absorb it as one great tapestry.

3.7
ALLOVATE (3055) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Tasted from the bottle. Had a lot riding on it as I used to drink London Pride years ago and decided to re-sample both. Poured a clear amber brown with a big fairly dense off-white head that lasted the distance and laced rings down the glass. Toasted malt, sweet toffee and burnt sugar nose with light melon and berry esters and husky, grassy hops. Woody and nutty in the mouth with a mix of brine, tart bitter hops and fruit conserve, mingled with the malts and lightly roasted grains of this reasonably balanced, zesty bitter. Medium-light bodied and spritzy in carbonation it has a flavour all to it’s own getting away from the standard pub bitters. Finishes off with a long bitter and toffee malt swallow. Lacks in fruity esters as far as flavour but it makes up for it with a good complex malt taste. Quite nice.

4.2
wowbagger68 (2) - Nyack, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2004 does not count
Bottle. NIce amber color. Very pleasant aroma, hint of apple. Nice flavor, well balanced. Highly recommended.


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