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

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RATINGS: 1583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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’.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2489) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2003
Amber color, thick head, good lacing. Toffee aroma with a light touch off liquorice. Medium bodied with a big and long bitterness. Great ale!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10276) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 Bottle at Bishops Arms, Skövde. Amber color, very nice lasting beige head. Malty fruity aroma, grapes, pear, sweetish, candy notes, hop notes. Hop flavor, fruity, candy, roasted notes, grapes, some citrus. Sweetish finish with candy and hops. Very drinkable and balanced. Old rating from 2004. (3,1) Amber color, but not very much head. Very bitter, a little sour. Not thin, but it could have had a little more body. Quite an ordinary ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Dark ruby orange color with huge thick head that left extreme amounts of lacing. Smells of malts and sweet fruits. tastes a little fruity, i think cherries with a nice malty finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 there's something noble about this beer. sweet malty peaty odor. you can tell there's alcohol in this from the smell. initially sweet and carmely, until the bubbles shoot a wonderfully complex mixture of hops and malts straight to the top of your brain. this beer tickled my head and made me smile and laugh alone in this dark room, like a mad man. dry bitter-sweet finish that coats the mouth enough to remind you of what a great beer you're drinking, in case you forget between sips.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2003
1 pt. 2.6 fl. oz. bottle pours a crystal clear deep amber red (garnet?) with a good off white head and lots of side and surface lace. The aroma is biscuity and with a hint of hops. The flavor is bread - like, sweet and malty, but finishes nice and hoppy dry. The palate is very nice and rich to balance with the good flavor. This is another fine Fuller product.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Beautiful looking beer, reddish brown, with an off white head. malty yeasty aroma, taste starts sweet with dough and hints of raisin, and moves quickly to a tight bitter finish that stays around a while. good beer

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Poured with an awesome dark brown hue, and large-bubbled foam top. Pleasant warm aroma, followed by an very good hoppy, wood-chip flavor with a hint of smoke and tight bitter finish. Excellent ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
Medium off-white head. Red-brown colour. Malt, fruit and raisins in the aroma. Very malty taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Nice brew. Thick, very creamy head. Once of the best looking I can recall seeing. Appearance is overall fantastic. Light brown, maybe amber. Lots of bubbles. Flavor is balanced very good. The more drink it the more I like it. I really enjoy this one. May even be better than their London Porter...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This was a good beer but dont think it is the best ale I've ever tried. Had it at Aries London Grill downtown Kalamazoo and don't think it was worth the price. Thick and bitter. Not as good as I expected it to be.


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