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Fuller's ESB - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,231 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,231
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 63
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-08-2001)
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Reviews by yeagerbm:
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yeagerbm

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ESB pours a dark, clear amber with a frothy tan head. The smell is of sweet grain and toffee, distinctive English ale aroma.
The taste is grainy and slightly sweet with a caramel malt flavor and tangy bitterness. The grainy flavor is slightly astringent with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium light with higher carbonation than I expected for the style. Still a good flavorful brew with character. Not quite what I expected, but I bet it would be fantastic served from a cask.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 03:21:04 | More by yeagerbm
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO, pint glass.

A: A rich red-orange amber, translucent. Some carbonation and a nice head. Head quickly fades, leaving no lacing. Very little retaining of the head on the beer's surface. Looks yummy but not rich and full bodied.

S: A wonderful aroma of rich roasted malts with quite a bit of caramel notes, a hint of coffee and a large dollop of honey. Crisp and clean but not sweet.

T: Extremely malty, significant hop bite (it is a bitter!). Somewhat sweet but cleanly so, not overpowering. Lots of molasses, caramel, coffee, nuts and strong roasted malts. A bit of ester perfumey nose once the beer has warmed which makes the beer seem more alcoholic than it should be. I'm not a fan of the perfumey flavor that comes later, so points off from me on that.. Very flavorful and delicious, but best when cold - contrary to the British serving tradition of an ale. I'd order it again.

M: Smooth, clean, crisp hops and low carbonation. Feels good all the way around, cold and warm, but thick enough to be enjoyed slowly..

O: A good beer, worthy of somewhere between a 3.75 and 4.00 on my list. Nothing mind-blowing but if I were in England and saw this guy on draft, I'd definitely want to give it a shot (I feel that some quality may have been lost in bottling and importing).

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Connecticut

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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear brown with a short-lived white head. The head lingers on, though, and leaves nice soapy lacing. The aroma is light with malt tones and fruit. The taste, though, is more developed and has a nice interplay of malt (bready and fruity) with a subtle earthiness. The body has a nice full feeling to it and a nice crisp finish from the hops. All in all, a great pint of bitter and example of an ESB. Highly recommended on cask, if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.