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


on tap

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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned (mainly for export). Canned version is pasteurised and listed separately.
History : Horndean Special Bitter (HSB) was first brewed in 1959 to meet a growing demand for a higher strength bitter. Sales growth was slow throughout the sixties when BBB and the cask milds were the predominant Gales beers. However, following the creation of CAMRA and the greater public interest in cask conditioned beer, HSB sales grew throughout the seventies and eighties and became Gales major brand. Production moved to Fullers in early 2006.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bosta (271) - - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle (500 ml): ruby amber coloured, firm white head; moderate bitter flavour; medium bodied; balanced taste, not very strong,hoppy aftertaste. O.K. but not great

Maersk (323) - MOLDOVA - AUG 13, 2017
Dark bronze, small head, transparent. Rotten fruit, sugary malts, some old basement notes. Watery, some ripe fruit and metal aftertaste. Not impressive at all

mR_fr0g (13226) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2017
Cask at the GBBF 2017. Day 3. 10/08/2017. A clear copper reddy coloured pour with a. Loose sticky off white head. Aroma is apple, toffee, dried fruits, raisin cake. Flavour is composed of semi sweet nutty malts. Palate is semi sweet, moderate cask condition. Good. Decent enough.

Cunningham (8282) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2017
Clear nutty color with a fine off white head. Ok lacing. Ok intensity in the aroma. Medium body and an average carbonation level. Ok balanced sweetness versus bitterness. Caramel malty, toffee and herbal grassy flavor. Not really exciting.
[Bottle at The Crown & Sceptre (Fuller’s) in Shepherds Bush - London, England]

kraddel (8745) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2017
Blind tasting with Dr. Beer. I seem to enjoy this style quite a bit lately. pretty complex and full in taste, yet easy drinkable. Nice !

GhostS (488) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUN 18, 2017
Aromă medie, predominant malț, fructe ușor fermentate, puține fructe alterate, frunze uscate. Gust ușor, predominant malț, fructe uscate, ușoară amăreală de frunze și ierburi uscate, frunze jilave. Ușoară, puțin cam dură, dar bună.

artemb (1132) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 17, 2017
Clear, copper, average head. Aroma: jam, woody hops. Taste: light bitterness, light tartness. Flavour: spoiled jam, fusels, woody and herbal hops. Simple but not bad.

dchad56 (521) - - APR 20, 2017
Bottle - reddy brown with thin off White head. Rich fruity strong aroma. Slight ting on tongue - ok mouthfeel. Full flavour, fruity tasting, bit of caramel - overall decent beer.

Cool_Bond (2745) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2017
Malty aroma. Good malty taste and bread. Okay bitterness that fills the mouth for a long time. Good beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

dnicolaescu (2683) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAR 8, 2017
BOTTLE 50 CL. Clear bright copper, creamy beige head. Very faint aroma of caramel, baked apples and sweet bread, Faint, yet somewhat harsh. Similar taste, light fruity sweetness, light bitterness with a glimpse of higher alcohols in it. Mediocre.

jookos (6973) - FINLAND - NOV 9, 2016
[email protected] Reddish clear. Some ripe red cherry fruits, thought I got some nuttyness too, red malty nose. Med bodied, smooth, bitter, bit mouthdrying finish. Ripe red fruit, malty. Bit herby earthyness in finish.

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