Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by Sirwootalot:
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served in a standard pint glass on nitro-tap at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, MN.
Seeing this glass poured was absolutely stunning - it's roughly the same color as creamy peanut butter, and nearly as opaque. The snow-white head was nearly nonexistent, even immediately after the pour, and disappeared almost completely before the beer was finished.
The smell was almost overwhelmingly malty, with hints of fresh-baked bread and dry hops. As far as mouthfeel goes, this is quite easily the single best beer I've ever had in my entire life - it melts its way all the way down into your stomach, but without even the slightest hint of syrupiness. The popular Russian phrase for beer, "liquid bread", could hardly be a more apt description. There's nearly no carbonation whatsoever, so this goes down almost more like a glass of milk than an american adjunct. The flavor is near-overwhelming malty nirvana with notes of dry hops (surprisingly not all that bitter), peanuts, dried pear, and something not unlike unsweetened cookie dough. The finish is incredibly dry with hints of alcohol and a slight after-aroma of dried flowers, and makes you feel like you need more.
Overall, this is hands-down one of my favorite beers on earth, and I can't wait to have another. I first tried it from the bottle, which was quite good but just no comparison to the nitro-tap - the way it's meant to be served.
Serving type: nitro-tap
07-27-2011 02:15:01 | More by Sirwootalot
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2.93/5 rDev -28%
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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