Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by ghisty:
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
appearance: slow cambered pour into a general issue pint.a ridge of clearness forms just where the head meets the rim as I poured it, and to finish it cut off when i angled the cup leaving a little ripple, through the creamy top inch of perfect foam.
smell: reminds me of orange peels slightly, has an earthiness, something familiar,
very rooty and sweet, almost like unsmoked tobacco.
taste:..dynamic. hops are playing games in there.has me thinking about beef stew. or fresh bread. i feel like they must use something burnt to make this beer., because it has a smoked kind of quality along with everything else, but it is also so smooth, and in some ways still watery enough to be easily drinkable.
mouthfeel:starts as a bit slick past the foam, ends up in an awesome cascade of hops and woodsmoke and all that i just described. then it levels out. clean finish.
overall: id suggest it to everyone considering getting a couple.or even if you arnt thinking about it. its got character for days. i wouldn't call this session beer. unless the session involved beef stew. :) ..but if you want something of a great style. and tastes awesome. this fits the bill . everytime.
Serving type: can
01-15-2013 02:44:16 | More by ghisty
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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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