Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by AlexTheAleMan:
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
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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3.96/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is a tasty brew that goes down easy. Has beautiful sunburst color that reminds me of a Gibson Les Paul. Hoppy aroma balanced by a soft caramel smell, soo good. Taste is of malty goodness along with grassy hops. Full of flavors for it's medium body. Low in carbonation but manages to keep a very thin head on top. Overall this brew rocks! I can see myself coming home from a long day of work and having one or two of these pint bottles in a nonic. Definately will be buying this again. Excellent!
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 22:30:56 | More by Modernrickk
Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,259 ratings.