Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 2677   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
This copper colored ale shows nice clarity and pours with a strong head with excellent retention and develops a nice rocky quality as it subsides. The lace clings to the glass and refuses to slide down, content to stay put throughout the entire glass. The aroma is almost all sweetness, with a hint of hops to lend a spicy note. The taste is exquisite, with a very pronounced caramel sweetness like I have never tasted before. There is some nice hop spice in the finish. The aftertaste is lingering but very pleasant. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but it matches the flavor profile

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
dingo (37) - USA - SEP 27, 2003
I'm not a fan of this beer...not at all. It is a true esB...capital B for the bitter. The flavor is tough to nail down...hoppy for sure. The head is fast to fade and the pour is a nice color. I've had it, two bottles not...that'll be it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2003
polished brass, neon pumpkin and candy corn. bright. head blew up like spring mushrooms, and just as quickly was gone. moderate aroma fraternizes with the likeness of a big straw basket filled with oranges, ginger, cocoa, bread and nuts. perfect micro-carbonation guides light carmelly sweetness with strawberry notes to a place on the tongue where such delicate malts can abide and prosper amid the ample bitterness of tea and just a temperate note of alcohol. very entertaining beverage who's only conspicuous fault is how quickly it disappeared. i want more of that cunning bitterness. why? because it's so special-- so EXTRA special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Wow, this one was great. Dark amber colour with a medium head to it that left a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Hops in the nose and taste but mostly a caramel flavor. Not too bitter with a medium finish to it. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2003
Amber, sparkling, pretty thick beige head, slightly lace. Strong, but creamy & smooth, caramel-like, flowery, notes of butter or toffee. Full body, balanced, creamy, caramel-like and easy to drink. Moderately bitter, a bit alcohol-like, notes of butter and nuts. Bitter, creamy and long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
strong caramel aroma, molasses and hops. Pours a lovely copper brown, head is foamy and dense, quality lacing. Burnt caramel flavour, with nice presence of hops. Body is satisfying. Very smooth and well balanced. An enjoyable bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aggie80 (809) - Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Nice all the way around. Good malts and hops without being overpowering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Pours a good amber color. With 1/4 inch head that lasted several minutes. Flavor is malty and bittery - works well as an ESB. Overall, this is very good - as are all Fuller's products I've had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Re-rate: I have to balance my rating between the bottle and nitro pumped version. Bottle is not nearly as good, but as a draft: Great start that smells like biscuits and an even better finish, crisp but nutty aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Update: 22.02.08, 50cl bottle, bbe 20.11.08. Very clear amber-tan hue with an unimpressive, foamy, off-white head. Muddled aroma has an earthy theme and allows me to catch glimpses of damp linen, pepper, light toffee, peaches and tea. Sometimes it gets a bit salty or catty. Semi-sweet flavour is softly salty, finishing fruity with peaches and a floral bitterness. Light tea astringency builds from the first sip. Medium bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation...flimsy. Soft, without intrigue.

50 cL bottle, pint glass, 50 degrees. Finally! The local stores have started carrying this again! Very large, rocky, frothy, well lasting off-white head is on a clear red-amber body. Cookie, caramel malt; mostly flowery, but a little piney hops. Aroma is pretty simple, but quite inviting. Oh...now thatís tasty. Definitely a malt dominant ESB. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately bitter finish. No acidity. Great creamy body, medium weight, soft carbonation. A highly drinkable ESB. The bottom line is: I didnít know it until now, but when I thought of what a great pint of ale should taste like, it was this beer. Original rating: 8, 4, 7, 4, 15 = 3.8.

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