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


on tap

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RATINGS: 224   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (2047) - Sydney, - AUG 12, 2009
Cask - Dark chestnut brown with hues of red and a fine, creamy off-white head. Nutty, malty and roasty aromas with light hints of red fruits. Rich, sweet and chocolatey flavours. Good mouthfeel, predominantly malty ESB with a dry, peppery finish, low carbonation and nice palate texture. No complaints with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cool_Bond (2527) - 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 Ųl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dnicolaescu (2400) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (6113) - 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (6020) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2016
At the Lamb & Flag. Cask. Dark amber color, served in a Fullerís glass. Malt aroma and a very rich malt flavor, some sweetness wirh caramel. Great palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Parmenion777 (225) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2016
A clear deep amber colour wiyj a medium sized thin off white head. Caramel malt and dried fruit aroma. Earthy sweet caramel malt, raisin and sweet spicy flavour combined with a mild woody spicy bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeardedAvenger (553) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Cask at Jolly Farmer, Worplesdon. 03/06/16. Peaty aroma, can just pick it up. Dark amber with a blotchy head, which at least doesnít disapate. Really bland taste - light bitterness, something malty perhaps. Very smooth, medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2016
On tap at Londonís Pride Heathrow. Nice amber body with healthy head. Nose is malty and caramel. Taste is caramel, and malts, and sweet notes and floral. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (930) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2016
Tasting glass @ brewery tasting room. Looks darker than your average bitter. And there is also much more flavours than in your usual bitter. I really donít know where the taste comes from, some micro-organisms in the process? It is not hops or just malts there something else from the yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4521) - Sofia, BULGARIA - MAR 20, 2016
Cask at Fullers, Heathrow Airport. Clear dark chestnut-mahogany color with a sticky one finger cream-colored head. Aroma is black tea, fall leaves, and English toffee. Medium sweet flavor, caramel and toffee, with a mildly bitter leafy and herbal finish. Medium body and a very smooth feel. Quite legit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maclennan73 (2) - Hove, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2016 does not count
One of my favourite beers of all time. I literally go out of my way for this fantastic, full bodied, reasonably strong, caramel dark and very quaffable, behemoth of an ale.

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