mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2001
Often referred to as the benchmark of the ESB style and deservedly so. A very delicate and floral nose and flavor, yet maintains a strong level of intensity. You know you're drinking a high quality beer. Toasted bread and toffee like malt flavor dominates with the aromatic hops appropriately making their presence known. Not to be missed! opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - NOV 29, 2000
This is the type of beer that sort of defines 'beer' for me. I mean, it's not trying to be anything else...it's just a straight up, mellow, smooth, malty yet hoppy brew. Very well done. One of my favorites for sure. Oakes (18873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2000
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 The bottled ESB is almost bland...certainly when compared to American ales. Vaguely toasty and dry. The keg version is a little more complex, with the goldings and crystal malt showing through a bit more. beergirl99 (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2000
Delicious. The best bitter that I have had.................................. bigred7 (44) - Sarcoxie, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2000
I liked this beer very much, as with all Fuller's beers I've tried so far...
PhillyBeer2112 (2895) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2000
I agree with all the others here.
This is just a great bitter. Nice rich
flavor, and full body. Great balance.
I could live on this. Bov (13264) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 14, 2000
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 pours a clear and bright amber colour; little foam; subtle and complex aromatic hoppiness showing flowery and caramelish notes; oily and full-bodied, low carbonation; solid bitterness and a long dry hoppy finish - deeply pleasant