Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1664   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Copper to Ruby Coloring? Spice, fruit. Malt and Hops. Fullers is not my favorite by personal taste, but they make an excellent effort here...worth keeping some around to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Bottle into an ale glass. The musty, malty smell that greets you out of the bottle and glass reminds you of a morningís fog settling on soft downs and moors. Iíve never really been on downs or moors, but thatís what popped into mind; I hope they smell like this. Add to that some toasty and tawny port aromas, and a bit of chocolate milk, and youíve got the delicious smell of this beer. Appearance: fizzy frothy head initially average to large, mostly diminishing, light brown; murky amber color in the glass. The taste: malty, creamy, a bit bitting on the tounge (I wouldnít want to say acidic, since it wasnít mouth-watering; it was almost as if it were dry, while I still had a mouth full of beer). There was a vague taste of ginger cookies blended with the bitter hops, which came out more strongly on the finish. Somehow, there was sweetness on the back of my tounge (isnít it supposed to be up front?), which was a pleasant surprise. I would rate this one higher, but the finish seemed just a little...off. I donít really know why, it just seemed that the various identifiable parts were better than their sum. In toto, the hops and the malt are very complimentary. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Re-rate: Aroma of fig, molasses, rasin, and toffee. Appears with a lovely orange-brown hue; modest yet very fine head. Bitter flavor overlaying sweet toffee, brown sugar, and modest roast flavor. Strong alcohol in the finish. Palate is a little thin, but with good effervescence. Overall, equal to the sum of its parts, and quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2004
Pours a beautiful reddish-brown. Good head retention. Smells of soap and nuts, but quite pleasant. A great taste of roasted rye and barley, with perhaps a bit too much bitterness for my taste. Incredibly malty, mmh...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Purchased at Greens in Atlanta... one of the few >6% I can find around here, but that will change July 1 when we get ALL of them :) Dark amber pour with a creamy eggshell white head and thick lace. Aroma is a doughy and bready. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with flavors of spice, bread, some fruit and nice hopping towards the end. Perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the finish for my taste, but crisp nonetheless. For the style, itís top notch... not necessarily my cup of tea, but that wonít influence my rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6103) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2004
BottleHoneyish malt and soft hop aroma. Brownish amber, low carbonation, creamy brown head. Cookie malt and some burned toast flavors topped off with a jolly good portion aroma hops. Medium body, sparkling mouthfeel. Extremely satisfying brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
poured a nice rich amber with a fluffy lasting head and a lot of lacing. aroma rich choc. like godiva choc. malts, and a hint of butterscotch very nice. flavor malts, nutty, majaal dates donít know if spelling is correct,sweet spices mouth feel smooth .with some bitterness. a very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
The beer was shipped stateside in a brown bottle with attractive labeling that has an old world charm to it. There are some brief blurbs about the brewer on the back label, and a best before date (03/Jan/05 for this review bottle). Despite being clearly marked as 6.3% ABV, the beer has slipped under the radar of the beer police and is readily available in Georgia. The poured beer was deep red to amber in color with a ľ inch thick short lived head. Carbonation was medium intensity with very fine bubbles. Despite being bottle conditioned, the beer was only slightly hazy with no visible yeast sediment. The aroma was malty with the nose being dominated by oak, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. The hops are not dominant, but have a distinctive English profile to them. The malts were present in the taste as well, with notes of toffee, cherry, raisins, and a wisp of smoke. The previously invisible yeast made its presence known in the form of a dusty, cobwebby feel similar to the air in an old castle. The hops were surprisingly bitter and biting, with a peppery spiciness to them. This is the hoppiest English beer Iíve had to date. The overall taste reminded me a lot of Stone Arrogant Bastard, but was not as bold. The mouthfeel was smooth like butter and made the beer slide down easily. The only drawback in this department was a bit of watery body. This is a very nice and bold ale from the Old Country. A must try for those who can find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
Tawny brown slightly hazy body with a tan coloured head. Agree with the fruitcake aroma. Big malt flavour which is a bit too much for my liking. Some caramel and some bitterness. Alcohol was present but not offensive.It got better as it went down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
Rich malty taste, with some spicy component,a discreet taste from the hops. Nutbrown in colour.

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