Fullers & Friends Rebirth
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fullers & Friends RebirthFullers & Friends Rebirth
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.88 | pDev: 7.99%
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Fullers & Friends RebirthFullers & Friends Rebirth
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Moor Beer Company.

Inspired by the very first ESB recipe, we’ve used hops from Britain, Australia, Slovenia and the USA to create a rich, complex, delicious ale. The original ESB from 1971, reborn.
View: Beers
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Mid-chestnut, with a fine white head that looks like it's staying around.
S- Deep toasty grains, with a sense of promise beyond.
T- Oh wow, straight in to the deep-end or dark and rich notes. This is your classic essence of Xmas 'plum pudding' with rum poured over and set alight, that edge, put into a beer.
F- Puddingy, rich, take it slowly and savour, nice.
O- Comes over as much more than ABV6.0% to me, in a blind taste I might have guessed 7.5% Veeery drinkable, though perhaps just a couple as this brew has a big powerful - but beautifully balanced - profile.
Bought as part of a 6-pack box of 'Fullers & Friends' beers that are a 2-brewery tie-ups. This one is Fullers & Moor Beer Co. Sold exclusively by Waitrose supermarket, whose initiative these tie-ups is BB: 31/12/19, my, over 2 years.

 804 characters

Photo of drmeto
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear amber with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low carbonation visible
-finishes dry
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
It's very nice.Feels like an ESB/IPA Hybrid.I honestly prefer the regular ESB though with it's prominent Toffee character.

 347 characters

Photo of bark
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The colour is deep amber/brass, the liquid is clear. The finger thick head sinks down to a thin lid leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is malty with dried fruits, caramel, apricots and hay. It is rich and mellow with just a hint of leather and fortified wine.

The taste is malty, but the sweetness is not sticky. Passing floral bitterness. Hints of apricot jam and lemon peel. Medium body. The aftertaste is balanced with toffee, dried flowers, old fashioned fruit drops and. Butterscotch and harsh tree sap in the rather short finish.

The carbonation is smooth, the small bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is somewhat harsh.

A pleasant and balanced ESB with elegant rich flavours yet it is highly drinkable.

 725 characters

Photo of janubio
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colour, medium head with long retention, big creamy lace.
Aroma has grains, caramel, limestone, nuts.
Medium body, oily texture, good carbonation.
Taste of limestone, caramel, fruits, nuts.
Really good and easy drinking.

 231 characters

Photo of josanguapo
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 2. Very smooth feel, really soft for the style, with a bitterness below usual too. Earthy, with biscuit notes. A bit boring in the palate

 188 characters

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2019. Acquired a little while back from Waitrose. Part of a box set; a collaborative brew between Fullers and the Moor Beer Company. The result is a re-styled ESB based on the original recipe and including hops from Britain, Australia, Slovenia and the US.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich marmalade-amber hue with good carbonation and some light floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of fruity, spicy hops with hints of mild citrus zest, peel, white grape, grass/hay, subtle herbs, caramel malt, ale yeast and leafiness. Very nice - fantastic malt/hop balance.

T: Tastes of fruity hops with notes of citrus zest, peel, white grape, grass/hay, herbs, subtle spice, caramel malt, barley sugar, ale yeast and leafiness. Quite sweet, followed by a moderate hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Pleasingly creamy, with some mild hop astringency on the palate. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, mild citrus, grass/hay, understated bitterness, caramel malt and ale yeast.

O: I'm really not sure about the style classification, but on its own terms this ale is superb. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are a fantastic blend of fruity hops and caramel malt. Nice body. Succeeds in having a hoppy character without straying into IPA territory, though I don't really think the bitterness is sufficient for an ESB. That said, this is a quality effort that slips down all too easily. Shame they don't sell these individually, but well worth sampling.

 1,662 characters

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a barley sugar boiled sweet coloured body with minimal white head
theres a barley in that aroma with wheat and brewers sugar
Big malt flavour with peppery bitter finish

 183 characters

Photo of captaincoffee
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was the highlight of an otherwise uninspired 6-pack of collaboration beers from Fullers. Sometimes it is just better to stick with what you do well. When you boil it down, this is an amped-up bitter. The nose brings you extra earthy and floral hops along with fruity caramel malts. The taste is the same, well rounded, and a little more bready. Unlikely I'll buy another 6'er to get another bottle of this considering the so-so brews it is packaged with, but I'd happily have more.

 491 characters

Photo of Spike
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Collaboration with Moor Beer Co. 330ml bottle.

L: Glossy, clear, amber colour with a thin head that reduces to a ring.

S&T: Masses of biscuit & toffee with orange citrus in the background.

F: Medium body, light carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel with a dry but rich finish. Lovely.

O: Liked this a lot. Got better as it warmed. Will try this again alongside the regular Fuller’s ESB.

 393 characters

Photo of vinicole
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle conditioned. Clear amber. Thin frothy head.
Distinct hoppy aroma. Fruity. Some sweet caramel.
Toffee mingling with the hoppy mixture creating a wealth of flavours. Marmalade on toasted brown bread.
Initially too carbonated for my liking and lacks the soft feel one would expect from bottle conditioned although this improved upon warming.
I would love this on cask.
Advertised as the original taste (1971) of Fuller's ESB.

 430 characters

Photo of Hanglow
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours bright amber, nice rocky head

floral, some sweet fruits, some tunnocks caramel wafer in there too. Very nice, not too in your face.

Taste is even better, some classic Fullers marmalade, some breadyness, lovely minerally drying finish.

Light body for 6%, med carb

Best of the sixpack, possibly not surprising as it's closest to a classic Fullers beer.

Glad I've got more of these, will buy some modern ESB to try side by side, although this is bottle conditioned and presumably unpasteurised as opposed to modern ESB. Would love to try this from cask. Please Fullers?

 578 characters

Fullers & Friends Rebirth from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 16 ratings