When I first started drinking beer and tried (fuller's) ESB, I remember thinking 'whoa, this is IPA-hoppy!' Now, I do find fuller's a little on the 'boring' side, hence the (slightly) exaggerated hop profile I used here.
Over the years, I've tried a bunch of different ESB and EPA recipes to try to create the 'ideal' ESB. While I've made and enjoyed beers with Aromatic, Biscuit, or Amber malts in them, they've never really seemed 'english' enough for me. The kilned malts tend to hide the subtle Maris Otter characteristics, I think, so when I do use them, I tend to pair them with (much cheaper) canadian 2-row.
Anyway, this one is the closest I've come thus far to a big, yet still 'british' ESB.