Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1681   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Mainly available bottled (bottle conditioned). Occasionally in cask.
Ingredients: Pale Malt (mix of Pipkin, Maris Otter and Halcyon), crystal and amber malt from Simpsons. Goldings hops.
First brewed in 1995 for the 150th anniversary of the brewery.
Winner of CAMRA Champion Bottle Conditioned Beer of Britain (1998-1999). Described by Roger Protz as ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
greenmanalishi (506) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Malty, bready flavours. Some liquorice lacing. Some vinous, raisin dark fruit flavours too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MohaBeer (73) - Lima, PERU - SEP 21, 2015
Ambar-rojizo con transparencia, espuma baja poca retención. Malta maltoso caramelo moderado alto, licoroso moderado, melanoidinas, lúpulo terroso bajo, ésteres a ciruela negra. En boca malta maltoso caramelo tostado moderado, licoroso moderado, lúpulo terroso moderado, amargor moderado, excelente balance. Final licoroso-amargo con una ligera astringencia. Buena carbonatación, con cuerpo, grandiosa cerveza

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewerale (120) - - SEP 20, 2015
Âmbar escura com média formação de espuma de boa duração. Notas maltadas, caramelo, madeira, discreto "melaço" e lúpulo cítrico. Corpo médio com final longo, adocicado e de pouco amargor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (953) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle from bjcp course. Pours copper with lasting off white creamy head. Good clarity, limited bubbles with nice lacing. Caramel, toast, butterscotch, raisin, dark fruit, cherry, bread Slight spice notes. Grainy barley aftertaste. Full body with light carbonation. Slick on tongue. Some warming on finish. Great example of style. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juanso14 (1) - ARGENTINA - SEP 19, 2015 does not count
Rica, se sienten notas de caramelo, bajo aroma a lupulpo, buen color y agradable en boca

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (842) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle. BB Jul 2016. Pours a very dark yet clear coppery amber, with a nicely retaining and lacing creamy head. The nose is toasty, nutty, with a touch of caramel. Tastes nutty dry, herbal bitter - much more bitter than Golden Pride -, and toasty, with a hint of autumn fruits. Good strong body, modest thin carbonation. Really nice soothing warmth in the throat. I’d say it’s more characterful and unique than Golden Pride (which felt like a weakish barley wine). A good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
birocotsios (70) - - SEP 4, 2015
Red in colour with a small head. Aroma of red fruits. Sweet taste witj red fruits and malts with a touch of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (637) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Nose is dark malts, toast, muted. Taste is strongly licorice, malt, prunes, vinous, raisin berry. I am a bit baffled by this. I could only really get licorice out of the flavour which I wasn’t expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shain (145) - ISRAEL - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle 500ml. Pours dark reddish cooper hue, with a tall foamy light beige head. Mouth feel is oily with a medium body and light carbonation. Scent of dark malt, dark caramel and honey, hops. Tastes somewhat sweet with noticeable bitterness that balances it well. Slightly acidic. Flavors of dark roasted malt, caramel, vegetal hops, slight burnt caramel (from the malt), yeasty, breadth, lightly herbal with some licorice. Very good, interesting, complex flavor, nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1289) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
Roughly frothy ale smells very vinous of fruit. It is a strong ale, which was made to celebrate brewery’s 150 anniversary many years ago, but have happily been brewed since. It has almost aromatic character of a barley wine with clear signs of plum and raisin. The taste is only slightly malty with hints of good English hops, a little English licorice stand out and replaces the short-lived soft fruit again most resemble the British barley wine. It is a very complex beer to rate, for it has so many nuances that in the big picture just signals English brewed masterpiece. I really like it.

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