Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Extra Special Bitters have a special place in my beer-drinking heart - some of the earliest beers I got in to were ESB's in the Guildford Arms, Edinburgh (a pub I worked in many moons ago... like s**tloads of moons actually). Well I'm quite impressed with the presentation on the bottle, everyone knows the coolest animal on a coat of arms is the Griffin, which Fuller's has, plus there are gold medals all over this thing making me thirsty... mmm, award-winning ale.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: This ale has an attractive clear copper body with minimal beige lacing (the first and only time the words 'attractive' and 'beige' will appear in the same sentence).
S: Aroma is grandmas toffee pudding, burnt caramel and fruity Fuggles hops. Not as bold as expected but pleasant nonetheless.
T: Damn this ale makes me miss Old Blighty - flavours are a concentrated version of what was noted in the aroma; Grandmas toffee pudding, burnt caramel for the malts up front which are poised tactfully well with those fruity Fuggles hops for the finish. The balance is spot on between sweet/bitter - both make you know that they are there but neither is clubbing you over the head and mugging you for your last fiver.
M: Slight creamy carbonation with a medium body and a hint of stickiness.
D: A very well crafted ESB that would turn any craft-beer lover into a Dickensian character asking "Please sir, can I have more?". This is an ale that saddens me for living so far away from the UK... but then I dismiss the thought when I think about our beautiful weather, decent wages and awesome beaches. An easy session pick... at a cheaper price, at the current cost a special treat.
Food match: The balance of this ale puts it in good stead for numerous types of cuisine, be it a spicy Thai lemongrass chicken, or a subtle roasted game bird with roast vegetables, a versatile variety of volitions with this brew.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2012 09:24:02 | More by doktorhops
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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.