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


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RATINGS: 1588   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 ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
weeheavie (3) - IRELAND - SEP 23, 2014 does not count
Bottle conditioned. Glowing amber, slightly hazy, poured with a beautiful head leading to lovely lacing. All the superlatives used in previous reviews are justified and I’m not going to plagerise - go deeper with this beer; close your eyes, it’s the beach, there’s sea spray coming off the breakers and you can smell the sand and scrub grasses. This beer is an amazing triumph of brewing expertise but it’s more than that, it’s a total sensory treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (501) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle - pours brown with an off white head. Caramel/burt sugar, nuts, plum, dried fruit. Sweetness up front, lots of plummy fruitiness. Mellows into a dry port like finish, which feels like its coated the tongue. Nice velvety mouthfeel. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (467) - CROATIA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle; dark amber pour with a thin off white head; sweet aroma with dark fruits, caramel, malt, and a hint of spice; sweet taste of caramel and malt with hints of dark fruits, nuts, and some spice; has some coffee bitterness in the dry finish; very nice complex beer that is pretty easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martynhall20 (13) - Hounslow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Deep reddish brown, clear. Good sized head, light tan colour, small bubbles. Head fades quick. Strong sugar / caramel aroma, like pear drops. Fruity. Initially the sweetness and bitterness is balanced, but the stronger bitter taste comes through more prominently in the aftertaste. Fruit and spice in the initial taste, strong dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Decent punch from the alcohol too. Very good quality and very nice to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHult (249) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Flaska från @thaalcoholic, tack! Dimmig bärnstensfärgad vätska med ljust skum. Karamellig söt doft. Stadig karamellmaltig smak där sötman balanseras väl. Den lite högre alkoholhalten passar mycket bra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1422) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2014
500 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (best before March 25, 2015). Brownish-orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of light chocolate, graham cracker, and faint citrus. Taste offers smoke, roasted nuts, toffee, chocolate, and very faint tangerine. Pairs well with cheddar and Gruyère. A perfect example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4385) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
pours unclear richly bright amber-red with a small creamy light beige-reddish head showing some retention and a nice lacing. fruity, woodsy, nutty and spicy malts/hops - incredible malt/hop bill, specialty malts, red fruitiness - some berries, cherries, bit of toffee w/o being caramelly not buttery, green coffee beans, fruitcake spices indeed, bitter chocolate, pepper, clean english yeast - nothing off and leaving way for malts to express themselves freely, soft earthy notes, hint of sweetness, grass. moderately low carbonation, light to medium body - oily but never heavy, lightly astringent and assertive grassy-spicy-peppery-earthy finish. balanced. like a masterfully crafted strong bitter. very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2563) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle from greens and in my most rated beer mission. Nutty almond and caramel aromas. Big sweet candi sugar flavors. Molasses and nuts again too. Way better than Sam smiths and something I would get again pending other options. Nice drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1750) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Strong ale celebrating the 150th birthday of the brewery in 1995. Refermented in the bottle. Creamy, beige, irregular foam leaving pretty lacing, bright copper colour; assertive aroma of raspberry, strawberry, sweet cherries, caramel, flowers. Complex fruity and malty taste, mouth-filling bitterness of toasted malts, refined, nutty, long and very dry, very satisfying finish. One of their best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badazito (45) - - AUG 13, 2014
Aroma frutado e adocicado. Coloração marrom avermelhada com excelente carbonatação e boa formação de espuma (boa retenção da mesma). Sabor levemente adocicado e com boa torrefação. Retrogosto amargo e com lembranças de café. Ótima opção de cerveja.

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