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


on tap

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RATINGS: 315   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 Fullerís beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
medallaisla (91) - - AUG 14, 2012
Hazy amber. Very malty, nutty, with lots of toffee and caramel. Fruits that go well with the maltiness. Mmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (2285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
Cask @ Bishops Arms, Hornsgatan. Slightly hazy mahogany, creamy tobacco stained small head, quite a looker! Malty, floral, woody and fruity aroma, caramel, grass and dried fruit. Silky smooth and clean mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Bitter floral taste, grass, bitter orange, citrus zest, caramel, wood and hay. Long pleasant bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BarrelCaptain18 (1) - - DEC 7, 2016 does not count
One of the best draft English Bitters. Many rating on here are not drinking a well kept draft pint. Temperature and Cellar essential with this beer. When itís kept right and served right (it should be a draft pint - bitter is supposed to be draft and served almost still - not carbonated!!) it is one of the very best. If you are not acclimatised to english bitter and how a draft pint should be served, then I am sorry but the reviews are missing the point. So is serving a draft Ale in a bottle carbonated. Not right.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mjp12 (1552) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Donít think this was severed in best condition , no where near as good as the bottled version .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6629) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Cask pint on 21st Oct 2016: did not realise I had never rated it before (drank it many times over the years). This was taken in the lovely little beach bar (formerly a Public Toilet Block) in Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire: Admiral Benbow. Poured the usual clear mahogany with that creamy head. Fruity and malty in both the nose and taste, fairly sweet throughout, yet with a bittering undertone. Always a joy to drink this fine brew when has been looked after correctly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Raistlin (351) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
Clear nutty fluid with a small off white layer. Still a nice lacing. Caramel malty, a bit fruity and mild hoppy aroma. Decent body. Quite soft carbonation. Moderate sweet and an ok bitterness. Although it has a bit to soft carbonation. This one is still quite fresh and nice to drink. Not some dull dead caramel liquid. Fruity, herbal, hoppy and a bit toffee in the flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (3206) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2016
Cask at Black Door. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, nuts, toffee, toast and caramel. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, nuts, toast and toffee. Very nice ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebastokrator (93) - - JUN 25, 2016
Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head. Nose is toffee, caramel, and citrus. Taste is a bit sweet from the malt cut with fig, raisin, and floral notes from the hops. Very smooth with light carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ndburns (190) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2016
Pint on cask at The Mad Bishop and Bear (Paddington). Pours a reddish copper with a small white head. Aroma is muted, spring fruit, malt. Flavor is much more vibrant, malt, spices, caramel. A little sweetness up front, and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3626) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Cask at pub Great copper hue with a sudsy white head and great lacing. Herbal tea like hop qualities in both flavor and aroma. Great example of the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alec_burt (1) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2016 does not count
A very nice beer with a kick to it perfect for waiting in airports for a horrible flight

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