Fullers ESB

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Delighted to see a new off licence in my town, has a great range of
beer.  All my old favourites - Budvar, Schneiderweisse, Duval, Speckled
Hen and Fullers ESB a new favourite.
Is this the world's greatest bitter?


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Budvar, Schneiderweisse, Duval, Speckled
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It's a great Bitter, no doubt, but it packs a PUNCH. I recall a time twenty
plus years ago wandering a park somewhere near Kensington on my hands and
knees looking for my hotel, as some friendly locals bought me a few rounds.
Whew! Never again, I personally destroyed the hotel room with alcohol
poisoning, the first and last time in my life. Drink, with caution...he he



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Stig wrote:
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IIRC, it's got 5.9% ABV.


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   Yes, that's correct.  Less than 20% more alcohol than
Bud.  Must've been more than "a few rounds."
--
Joel Plutchak    "Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and
plutchak@[...]    sometimes I think we're not.  In either case the idea
                  is quite staggering." - Arthur C. Clarke

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Yeah, you must be right here. Seemed like I was hit by a dump truck..c



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Considering how the typical English bitter is in the 4s, and some drop into
the high 3s, yeah, it does have a punch. It's not as conducive to a long
session as some other bitters.

Doesn't mean I don't love the stuff. But it is an anomaly amongst true
bitters.

-Steve



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Isn't that a little bit like saying Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout packs
a punch because it's stronger than a typical English stout?  Doesn't
ESB imply a stronger, richer substyle of bitter?  And isn't the Fullers
ESB typical, in terms of alcohol content, for its style?


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Well, here's the deal: Technically speaking, in England, there is no such
style as ESB. Fuller's ESB is a trademarked name, and it's not a stylistic
designation. It would be a bit like saying Anchor Steam Beer is typical for
the style.

The notion that ESB is a style is pretty much an American one. And
therefore, in England, Fuller's ESB is indeed strong for the style, the
style being bitter.

-Steve



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No. But it's in the very top tier, IMO. The higher alcohol does detract a
bit from one of the things I really appreciate about English bitter: the
ability to drink a good amount without staggering home. There are a handful
of smaller English-brewery bitters that I find equal to or even better than
Fuller's ESB - JW Lees, Oakham, Haviestoun's Bitter & Twisted - but I do
absoultely adore the stuff and anytime I find myself in London make sure I
find a place that has it on offer in good shape. There are few things that
match the pleasure of a fresh pint.

-Steve



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After reading this thread I was lucky enough to drop into the Mermaid Inn in
the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia in time to have the first pint
from a newly tapped keg of it. Had a few more, too. Great stuff!

Jon



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