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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
Dedollewaitor (16418) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Tap at C4, Odense: Amber with a little white head. Light malty Caramel/nut flavour with a good bitterness in both aroma and taste. Smooth & soft - little watery. Pleasant bitter somehow spicy end. Very drinkable!

2.9
MiP (15980) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2004
Cask. Malty, peppery flavour...........................................

3.5
Scopey (15853) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
ESB #100. Cask at the Royal Standard, Croydon. It pours clear amber with a small beige head. The nose is toffee apple, toast, brown bread, wood, citrus peel and liquorice allsorts. The taste is smooth, wood, toffee, leather, toasty brown bread, peppery and light notes of citrus with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Smooth, well-rounded and pretty drinkable. Solid.

3.7
bhensonb (15832) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
Cask at The Blackbird on Earl’s Court Road. Pours dark copper with an off-white head. Floral/citrus aroma. Med minus body. Flavor is moderate roast malt with sweet pitted fruit, floral and a hint of citrus. Very smooth Finishes towards bitter - barring the fruit. Really nice.

3
Borup (15519) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2011
Draught at Bishop Arms, Copenhagen, Clear brown colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, hops, bisquits, fruit and with a bitter finish.

3.9
imdownthepub (15379) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2003
(Cask). There is a pleasant caramel / malt aroma initially to this deep brown beer. On drinking the hops are to the fore, loads of them. There is a dry palate to the beer almost astringent, but this adds to the complexity and enjoyment. A great end of evening pint.

3
gunnfryd (15330) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2010
Cask at the Wharf, Aalborg. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is apple, malt, caramel. Flavour is apple, malt, roasted , caramel. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

3.5
DSG (15256) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2016
Cask at Benny’s Cask Ale Pub in Kfar Saba. Rather clear copper-orange with a bit of white foam. Nice aroma of floral, citric and earthy hops, slightly toasty malt, a caramel hint. Flavor has some sweetish malt, toast, a bit of caramel, a light nutty note, and nice bitter hops - citric, earthy, floral. Medium-bodied, flat. Good one.

3.2
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
Cask at Charlies. Clear golden - white edges. Fresh and crisp, nice hoppy citric, light malty, light spiccy. OK - nice !!

3.3
Stuu666 (15034) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours golden, nose is butter, toffee, caramel, taste is similar.


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