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


on tap

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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask: Regular.
First brewed in 1969 as Winter Bitter - renamed Extra Special Bitter in 1971.
Ingredients: Pale Ale and Crystal malts; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops. Dry hopped in the brewery.
CAMRA Supreme Champion 1978, 1981 and 1985.
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.

NOTE: Most Fuller’s beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.

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jamestulloch (4515) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2018
Cask at The London’s Pride, Heathrow Airport. Clear amber body with a thin beige head. Faint lacing. Aroma of marmalade, caramel and earth. Flavour of orange rind, pear and copper. Thin body with a watery texture. An understated beer with a tangy edge.

malushky (168) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2017
On cask at Fuller's pub at Heathrow Airport. Clear copper in color with fine creamy head. Aroma of nuts, grain and caramel. Taste is roasted, very nutty, bitter and some caramel. Very smooth and flat, very well balanced. Good beer, good quality, but not necessarily what I am looking for.

Finn (8690) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2017
Fra gravicask i Main Bar på Oktoberfest i Basingstoke 14 Okt 17. Kopperfarget. Filmskum. Nøttearoma. Smaken kjeks, nøtter & frukt. Balansert. Behagelig tørr ettersmak.

Davros IX (635) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2017
Pint at the Counting House on Cornhill. Not my most usual of lunchtime pints, but it has been a while since I had this on draft. It looked great in the glass tankard with, as expected, a very small head. Quite a high level of sweetness to this beer with lots of malt and an almost caramally flavour to the beer. It was a pleasant pint, but not one that I particularly enjoyed because of that caramel flavour. Perhaps because it was a bit too early in the day for a beer like this?

77ships (11747) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2017
1/2 Pint Cask @ Parcel Yard. Clear amber, tanned head. Nose is sweet caramel, biscuit, sugar, toffee. Taste is caramel, toffee, sugar, finish is dry leaves. Very dry bodied, leaves and sugar. Quite nice and so much better than the limp bottled version even if they are scored the other way around on RB.

dorain (824) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2017
Vom Fass im Union Jack Berlin 2017-08 getrunken. Sehr gut balanciertes Bitter mit feinporiger Schaumkrone, deutlicher Beerenfrucht und etwas Hopfenbitterkeit. Ein richtig tolles Bier.

Erasmus_ro (3293) - Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2017
Cask @ Red Lion, Barnes, London, 21/07/17. Pours a dark mahogany brown. Aroma is caramel, flowery, mild. Taste is strong caramel, flower, red fruits, strong wooden flavor. Long wooden finish and aftertaste. Maybe not in the best condition?

Tinaccio (564) - Milano, ITALY - JUN 11, 2017
Cask in a pub near Southwark bridge, London, UK. It pours amber, with a medium, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is biscuit, malt, toffee, caramel. Taste is light sweet and malty. Body is medium, carbonation is soft to flat. Not liked it.

axl (1126) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2017
Shiny clear mahogony brown with small off white head. Aroma is orange, cherry wood, toffee, light caramel, herbal tea and sweet, bready malts. Taste is orange, herbal tea-like hops, floweriness, cherry wood, toffee, light caramel and bread. Light to light-medium mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and smooth fruity toffee aftertaste.

TedE (1591) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2017
Pint on tap at The Local Taphouse, Sydney. $15! Even in Sydney that is jaw dropping. Slightly hazy golden beer with solid white head. A myriad of tiny bubbles. Aroma of berries, malt, grass and pepper. Full bodied and fruity at first. The bitterness comes later, subtle but it lingers. Dry and grainy at the end makes you want another. Excellent pint.

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