Brewed by Fullerís
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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2004
Amber color with a slight off-white head. The taste is full sweet malty with notes of caramel malts. Has some bitterness on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1518) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Beautiful beer in a glass, it nearly glows a deep amber. Nose is not aggressive of fruit and malts. As a strong ale, you get the bite of this beer right up front, but there is complexity in the spiciness and nuttiness of the beer. It lasts on the tongue and finishes with the flavor of roasted chestnut. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (2024) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2004
Red orange coloured. Large beige head quickly settles down, some lacing. Caramel and roast aroma. Strong, caramel and roasty taste. Can also smell and taste chocolate in there. Creamy mouthfeel. A great, world class beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5430) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Oct 2002 This is a big gun beer and delivers a massive impact. Making the most of all the ingredients Fullerís manage to produce a beer that is more than the sum of all its parts. Intense malt, intense hops and intense alcohol all make their presence felt, yet remain at all times perfectly integrated. The Ch‚teauneuf-du-Pape of beers. Truly world class. [3.9]
April 2004 I would agree with what I said two years ago. This is one of the best bottle conditioned ales that us Brits make which is readily available. This fills the mouth with dark flavours. Yummy. [4.1]
July 2004 A taste comparison with Youngís London and Henís Tooth. There are some nutty notes from the crystal malt, while the amber malt adds a biscuit flavour with instant coffee undertones. There is also some chocolate. The orange marmalade flavours come from the single hop Goldings. Overall, this was the darker, more oaky flavoured of the three with some musty aged notes. [3.5]
Jan, 2005 The stale notes in the aroma are off-putting, but the creamy chocolate, buttery sweetness, bitter twigs of the flavour, and the dark, dark chocolate in the finish are so pleasing that itís no wonder this is the best selling bottle conditioned beer in Britain. [4.0]
July, 2007 Wow. This is enjoyable. It sometimes happens that a certain blend of malts and a certain amount of hops comes together in a manner which is very pleasant. The hop bitterness is firm and tangy, yet not aggressive. The malts have soaked up the hops so there is an exquisite marriage of sweet and bitter, wrapped in a malty coat. The strength gives a chewy, solid, serious mouthfeel, without being too thick, and certainly not tasting of crude alcohol. There are few flaws in this. Itís not a beer, however, that totally sweeps me off my feet. Itís sort of predictable and a little old fashioned. I am not a fan of Goldings, nor of Maris Otter. There are malts and hops that give a more interesting range of flavours. And I do like a beer with a touch of character or individuality which this doesnít quite have. But itís still a damn enjoyable ale. [4.2]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 23, 2004
(on bottle)Thereīs no doubt in this being a good beer. I just had one and the aroma is very heavy of alcohol, almonds(donīt know if thatīs alwys a good thing in a beer) and real cask. In fact, itīs the first bottled beer iīve, that can be up there with the casks. very full maltyness in the mouth and a strong alcohol kick in the end. Much alcoholpercentage for an ale at 6,3. The finish IS bitter, but thereīs also traces of tabacco I should say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henrik (41) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2004
My favourite english beer at the moment. Beautiful dark red colour. Nice aroma of alcohol, malt and something sweet (caramel?). Excellent balance between malt and hops in the flavor and with a very long warm and bitter finish. This beer is a gift to the back of my tounge!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 This is a great beer. Pours a beautiful deep amber with a frothy head of beige bubbles. Lace is thick and adhesive. Nose is of sweetly cooking molasses and roasty caramel apples. Smooth and soft at first, it rises into a crescendo of alcohol, hops and a tasty chocolaty flourish fusing with roasted nuts. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Amber, Ruby color liquid. Nice eggshell head. Fullerís hasnít disappointed either. Not bad. Good malt and hops. A little watery in comparison to Boulevard Nutcracker. The best of this category Iíve had. Smooth drinkable. Fullerís doesnít disappoint on this review. Solid Beer. Not as potent as I would expect from an English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown amber body with loose beige head. Nose is woody with a caramel flavor. The taste is slightly bitter with a light alcohol bite. The overall flavor is very woody and nutty. The finish is very smooth with just a little hint of wood. This may be the worlds bet session beer. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2004
500ml brown bottle, 6.3%v/v. Poured a clear red amber body with a frothy golden brown head. Spicy aroma with hops coming through at the end.Spicy treacle rich fruity flavour with nice malt/hop balance. OK mouthfeel. Long fruity somewhat bitter finish. I bought four to get a free high quality limited edition bottle opener and I realised that this excellent beer hints at the flavours of Vintage Ale.

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