Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a semi-hazy copper beer with a foamy head that quickly settles to a thin ring lace with slight stick. Aroma is soft, but of coarse hops, but for the most part rather clean.
Medium in body, and smooth. Juicy, chewy mouthfeel. Mildly fruity. Lots of mineral flavours (from the water), followed by a woody, earthy, hop leaf, and coarse flavour and feel. Pear-like texture at times. Little sweetness, it's all body. Touch of roasted malt character in the background. Dry. Sharp bitter edge. Salty. Tingly. Herbal / spicy. Hops kick it all the way into the finish, and stick around long after the mouth party is over.
"The World's Original Extra Special Bitter" ... perhaps, but there's better interpretations of the style in my opinion. Still, the quintessential ESB and a beer everyone should try -- at the very least for the sturdy, impressive bottle.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2002 20:37:14 | More by Todd
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 12 oz brown brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.
Appearance: Caramel copper in colour with a thin but fluffy bubbly lace that leaves several rings on the glass.
Smell: Caramelized sugars with a hint of toasted nearly metallic malt, some fruity esters give of a whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Medium body with a stream of smoothness that is textured to a t. Bit of fruitiness and esters on the mouth. Rich and sweet caramel maltiness with a big flavourful malty palate, finishing off with a steely crystal malt flavour (vague hint of carob) and a semi sharp hop bitterness.
Notes: A supreme ESB, and a superb beer overall. The cast and mold for all ESB's brewed across the world.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2002 00:33:23 | More by Jason
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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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