Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by AlexTheAleMan:
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a random crystal beer glass that i have.
The beer looks beautiful. It has a completely see through amber color with a good one finger head all the way up to the top of the glass. The head slowly fades until there is only a little left on top. The lacing sticks, but it too, like the head, fades. Towards the end it looks like a whiskey or a cognac.
It smells pretty sweet of honey and malt with the tiniest of a floral hop flavor in the background.
The first thing I notice when taking a sip is how balanced this beer is. The bitterness is trying to break through, but it just can't come all the way up to where i am used to (from drinking so many IPAs i suppose). There are flavors of sweetness and bread from the malt. I am willing to bet that there is a good portion of maris otter in here. Right after the sweetness fades there is a very mineral like flavor that comes up and then the hop flavors come out. Though these flavors never really get to the strength of the malty ones there is still a nice earthiness to the beer. I like it best towards the end of the glass when the beer is warmer and less carbonated. At the very end i get a slight hint of mint and for a while i could have sworn i was getting some kind of licorice or anise aroma.
The mouth feel is exceptional but it could maybe be a bit bigger. The beer really fills the whole mouth and stays there for quite a while. Since it is pretty sweet (but far from cloying) there is a bit of residual sugar to chew on.
pretty good drinkability, but a bit too sweet for a true session beer. I will give it a "good" under drinkability because i really want an other!
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2010 03:00:07 | More by AlexTheAleMan
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2.93/5 rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Wanted to try this for awhile, as I was thinking of brewing an ESB in the near future. Now I am on the fence again. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my tulip glass. Nice appearance with a clear amber body and small, whitish head which left some nice lacing in the glass. Just a bit of hop bitterness (kind of generic hop bitterness) on the nose. It also had a bit of the wet cardboard funk on the nose as well... glad it didn't show up in the taste. They definitely hit the bitterness just right (I like bitter), and the overall taste was just a bit grassy and light. Nice, light, easy-drinking mouthfeel. Quite refreshing to the palate on a hot afternoon. Bit lacking in flavor overall, though I am not sure if this is the style or the Fuller'. From my understanding ESB should be a little lighter and straightforward... what can I say, I am a big IPA fan! This was an ok beer. Probably a nice beer to offer to someone who is not a craft drinker who wants to try something a little different from their everyday BMC beers.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 14:05:50 | More by Mikus
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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