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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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’.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Bottle: Bottle conditioned. Ruby amber color, mostly clear, with a small tan head. Medium bodied. Aroma: very sweet and malty with notes of berries, honey, raisins, grapes, wood, cake, mild rum balls, blueberries. Taste: light roasted malts and caramel start things off, then there’s some medium spicy hops, earth, roasted notes, honey, light chocolate flavors, and light spices. Finishes very dry, roasty, and a tea like taste. Very nice, thanks to my secret santa for this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Bottle. Aroma is sweet and sugary. Very reminiscent of honey. Vinous notes as of a barleywine. Very hazy amber color with lots of floating yeasts. Off-white head. Caramels, honies, roasted malts, chocolates, vinous characters, oh my! Dry, roasty finish. Quite a lot going on, unfortunately this is thin and a little dry for my liking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2004
bottle...garnet pour with a thin white head. Malty, fruity aroma. Raisins, some alcohol, cardamom. Roasty malt to start, leading to some sweetness and fruitiness in the middle. The end is very nice with some hoppiness and a lasting choco-type roastiness. This is a very nice beer, rivals Lake Placid Ubu, in my mind as a very good English Strong Ale. Thanks to my Secret Santa for this treat!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Chestnut color, frothy tan head. Full aroma of caramel, nuts, raisins, toasty malt, and cake. Nice flavor, finishes with some spicy hops. Extremely drinkable, full, but smooth and soft palate. I could drink this all day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Big bottle. Pours deep mahogony, thin head, fine lace. Aroma and flavor of malt and raisins; nutty and dry finish. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle conditioned from Sainsbury’s. Dark red/amber. Aroma of autumn fruits, toast, spices. Good firm chewy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Red copper ale with no head. Candy and woody aroma with light hops. Nice nutty malt and nice hops. Good bodied. Excellent British offering . (Sept. 2004)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2004
1 pt. 2.6 fl. oz. (Best before: 19 OCT 2005, sampled 4 DEC 2004): hazed copper, with a modest tan foam that leaves sticky lacing all over the pint glass…Sticky alcohol aroma; noticeable sugar coated raisins, toasted grain, mild black pepper, burnt sugar and wet hop flowers. Nicely carbonated as evidenced by the tingling across the tongue and the very retentive cream. Slightly (surprising for me) spicy palate, with flavours ranging from a nicely striking bitterness up front to the long dry finish full of toffee, mashed red apples, hints of orange zest, and sticky honey. This one has breadth and depth. A great range of hop and malt flavour and a depth and complexity few can boast. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this one out of a beer engine?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
Caramel malt aroma with plenty of spicy, citrusy, earthy hops and lots of raisin-like fruity esters. Clear amber-brown with immense and lasting, pillowy, tan head. Chocolate caramel flavour with a wonderful, crisp bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Alcohol never apparent. Bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Garnet body with tan head. Very malty nose, caramel. A full feel in the mouth. Robust. You know you’re drinking something. The flavor is malt, nice sweet maltiness. I don’t get the "fruit cake" promised, and I’m one of those people who actually likes fruit cake. But this is a good English ale.


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