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Fuller's ESBFuller's ESB

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-08-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of Caramel, sweet malts, and little bit of hops.

Taste has much of the sane as the nose, with minimal sweetness - Caramel, some hop spices. Nice smooth bitter finish. This seems to be normal with English ales, they give off warm caramel smells, but without any sugar tastes. This is delicious, I have had it before, but not in sometime, and this is really hitting the spot right now. Mouthfeel is robust and slightly creamy.

Fullers have continued to impress me more and more. I'm nit sure if they are classified as a macrobrewery, microbrewery or somewhere in between, but whether it's a English bitter, and ESB, and IPA, or a 10% vintage ale, they do it right every time.

You can get several of their products in Quebec. The ESB, London pride, London Porter and the honey ale are all available at the SAQ. In Ontario they sell them in cans and are much more reasonably priced, which is where I got this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear, copper-colored. The head was pencil-thin, and lacing unimpressive.

S: Floral hops dominates. Sweet malt is in the background, and there's a whiff of skunkiness there as well (I double-checked the bottle, and it says it's fresh for another 6-wks...)

T: True to the style, not much sweet malt. There's a touch of rich breadiness initially, quickly yielding to citrus hops flavors. Faint mineral and medicinal notes in the background. The finish is bitter hops, which really lingers but which is never overpowering.

M: A nice balance of moist and crisp, marred only by a faint astringency in the finish.

O: Certainly passable, but not the best in its class by a long stretch. I think they do a much better job with their "London Pride" offering.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color, dry/tart smell, warm and dry taste, with a nice caramel/toffee taste. Very crisp and leaves the palate refreshed. Left a beautiful lacing on the entire pint glass.

This is a great beer to accompany a meat and potatoes type meal.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rick @ Brewforia, thank you! Served in a tulip.

A: Brilliant clear copper color, decent white head and lacing.

S: Malt-forward and sweet...caramel, and a touch of fruity ale yeast...seems pretty sweet and syrupy.

T: Toffee abounds here, sweet, sugary malt, a bit buttery as well, with the yeast making its fruity & chalky presence known...no hop bitterness really to speak of...hints of a woody earthiness.

MF: Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a medium-light body.

O: Its too sweet and malt forward for me but it is drinkable in about 6oz portions, which I had.

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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a one finger head. Wonderful head retention and lacing.

Aroma is full of caramel and toffee along with some light roasted malt. Some spicy hop character is also present.

The flavor has loads of spicy hops along with some toasted malt. Caramel and toffee are in the background throughout. There is a slight metallic flavor that is off-putting but this is a minor complaint. A nice bitterness is present throughout leading to a clean, crisp finish.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best ESB's out there.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint.

A- Clear orange amber with a one finger foamy head.
S- Smells english, very grainy and a complex selection of light malts. Some caramel and bitterness reminiscent of a pilsner.
T- Tastes crisp clean and of course, bitter. A lot of grainy tastes as well as European malts, very similar to a euro lager. Good bitterness and a slight hop flavor thats hard to pick out.
M- This is a smooth and easy drinking beer, Full bodied flavor and a fairly light feel make this a good beer for any occasion.
O- One of the best ESB's I have had, a beer thats certain to please everyone.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Brick Store:
Pours less than clear copper with a foamy off white head that leaves glass clinging lace.
Smell: Sweet smell of brown sugars with some aromatice hops and hints of malts.
Taste: Clean, smooth malts are on the sweet side and has hop bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter.
Excellent Special bitter. would recommend it to anyone looking for an ESB.

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Fuller's ESB from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,973 ratings
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