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


on tap

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RATINGS: 322   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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blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2007
Cask at ’Volo Cask Days ’07’. Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a spare lasting bubbly white head. Nice aroma of fruit, floral hops and a hint of spices. Flavour’s also fruity along with some mild hops, some toastiness, a hint of spices and a decent bitter finish. Average bodied. Refreshing and easy to drink.

HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2007
Cask. At Volo Casks Days ’07. How the HELL did I not have this when I was in England?!!! Ah well ... Clear amber pour, avearge frothy head. Pretty typical dry floral hop aroma backed with slightly tangy light malt ... a little tea-like and fruity, like most decent ESBs (almost a 7, but I was grumpy). The taste followed - light, more or less flat, mildly orange-pekoe hop bitter and light gently toasted malt backing .... nothing spectabular, but solid, and in decent shape - a good maintenance beer in the middle of a tasting session with double IPAs and Peche Mortel on offer ....

beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2007
Volo Cask Days 2007. Props to Volo for getting this. Had to have a few of to apprectiate it (hard to taste anything after all the hopocalypse). Fruit flavour (raisins?) and mildly hoppy throughout. Good stuff

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
Volo Cask Days 2007. Kudo’s to Volo for bringing casks of Fullers over! Really fruity aroma, with dry hops - unique and nice. Taste is malt, lots of citrus, appreciable bitterness. Complex and satisfying yet refreshing. It has been over 10 years since I have had this - I was pretty happy to get reacquainted!

jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
Cask @ Volo Cask Days 2007, Toronto. Rich amber body with just bubbles for a head. Must hop aroma, floral fruit notes in the aroma. Moderate bitterness throughout, odd fruity tang is pleasant but a bit strange. Light earthy hops throughout. Average palate. Pleasant session brew, but a bit underwhelming.

joe19612 (2929) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2007
Cask at the Bishop on the Bridge, Winchester. Lovely copper colour, no head, minimal carbonation. Moderate aroma, initial mellow flavour, then a dominant but pleasant hoppiness. A very good beer.

oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Poured dark amber with small off white head. Aromas of nuts, hops and malt. Tastes similar to the bottled version, but without as much carbonation. Great session bitter though not as good as the bottled version.

KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2007
Nutty, very full flavour, some toffee, balanced by grassy hops which end up making this one of the most balanced and flavourful pints of cask ale to be found in London.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 3     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 2
Intensity : 2  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 1   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 4   Hay : XX   Toasty : 4   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : 3   Grainy : XX
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : 2   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : 1   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 1   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 1   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Tasty and very toasty example with nice cookie nuances.

pivnizub (10619) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2007
On draught (The Victoria, London) Deep reddish amber coloured, slowly diminishing off-white fluffy head, robust fruity (dark fruits, raisins) nose, hints of caramel and a fat hoppy touch; solid bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; long lasting, lingering fruity-bitter finish with an increasing bitterness towards the very end. A well balanced, moreish Ale.............

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