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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,472 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,472
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 87
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001)
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4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The body is a slightly hazy brown with a nice orange tint. The head is off-white and full, made up of beautiful tiny bubbles that showed good retention and left a bit of lacing.

Smell – Oh, yeah, this is an English ESB. This is THE English ESB. The malt is remarkable in its clarity. The light grassy hops round things out and there is indeed a bit of caramel afloat, but the huge malt base makes up the bulk of this nose. It is both generous and wonderful.

Taste – Oh, man. I’m actually laughing at how this beer tastes. It is so good, and so true to form, that it’s funny.

The malts are encased in wood and eek a sense of maturity not found in any other beer that I’ve had to date. I don’t know where they get this flavor from, but it is delicious and quite amazing.

The caramel and toffee notes are the best I’ve ever had. There is nothing cheap about this beer. When I think of English ESB this is what comes to mind. This is the standard; no question about it.

Mouthfeel – Perfect. So smooth, so well-blended, and so thoughtful, this beer was made with the mouthfeel in mind. Talk about your “happy place”.

Drinkability – To answer all those stupid, “If you were stuck on a desert island with only one beer . . .” questions, this would have to be it. On-tap this has to be a “5”. This is THE standard for English ESBs (or any ESBs for that matter).

RoyalT, Aug 11, 2004
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A: deep amber ale, perfect clarity; a few fingers of fat tan head left lotsa lace down the glass

S: something sweet like dark fruit atop a fresh, wet grain aroma of malt

T: caramelized sugars, toast points, roasted nuts, and pale fruits like apricot or fig

M: silk smooth and slick - quick across the tongue; mild bitterness and a roasty, toasty aftertaste

O: super-fine drinking experience here, lads and lasses - make sure to find your way around to this, yet another fine ale from Fuller Smith

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,472 ratings.