Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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 ía rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finishí.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Iznogud (1016) - CROATIA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle, 500 ml from Pivoljub, Ljubljana. Pours amber with creamy off-white head. light fruit in aroma. Sweet, malty caramel, light fruit. Looking other reviews not sure if something was wrong with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
big_dave404 (2) - Bournemouth, Dorset, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2015 Dark, amber in colour with a thick, creamy tan head. Roasted aromas intertwined with hints of fruitcake. Full bodied with a rich, dried fruit taste up front, followed by a toasted, bitter finish. A well rounded beer, but too much of a roasted flavour for my personal taste. However, the roasted flavours give way slightly to sweetness as you drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1651) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle that Justin shared- cheers! Deep amber with a middling white head. Good rich mouthfeel. Grain harvest taste up front followed by a smooth fruitiness- sweet blackberries maybe with some raisin notes. I think I was expecting something barley wine-ish like their vintage ales, whereas this is more like a souped-up bitter, so I was a little disappointed. Nevertheless itís still a jolly good beer- just not quite up to what I expected from the reviews on here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (353) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pours dark caramel with small tan head out of bottle. Aroma of caramel, biscuits, and bitterness. Flavor similar to smell. Good bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmink (9) - - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
It looks great. Taste is all about a heavy load of caramel balanced by a heavy load of bitterness. A very fine, very amber ale, though not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1757) - DŁsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2015
Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a light tan head. The smell is dark roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit. The taste is rich dark malt, licorice, some spice, dark fruit, molasses ending dry and rich. Medium bodied with a fine carbonation. Overall, a nice rich beer with a lot of flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbertels (141) - NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Caramel, caramel, caramel - aroma and taste, as well as palate. Full, some burnt sugar. Nice though not too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (833) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
Aroma is sweet crystal malts, caramel and fig. Taste is sweet slightly roasted malts with a very faint trace of plum and raisin. Transitions into a slight bitterness that is very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (129) - Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2014
0,5 l bottle. Clear, dark amber with a thick, creamy, tan head. Aroma of plums, caramel, candy sugar and coffee. Sweetish taste of plums, caramel and candy sugar with a bitter finish of coffee in the end. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, flat carbonation. Very good but not brilliant. The coffee in the end dampens too much of its fruitiness. Moaning on a high level though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HammerTroll (633) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 11, 2014
Hazy reddish brown color, minimal off-white head. Sweet caramely notes, fruity tea bag. Taste is also caramel, fruity, bit alcohol and wood. Boozy. Some sweetness and bitterness. Bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy. Not bad.
(Pivoljub 0,5l bottle)

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