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


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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
Dark and inviting.Rich and deep, this is a very good example of a traditional English Strong Ale. Well balanced and comlex it is one to savoir on a cold wintersw night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Appearance: dark, nigh-impenetrable amber hue, with a big, creamy head. Aroma: potent hoppiness, toasty and nutty, simmering with fruit notes, too. An admirable amount of complexity to be found in this nose, and it just gets spicier and fruitier as we drink it in. Taste: magnificent mouthfeel, warm, generous, almost dazzling. Doesn’t feel too "strong", but it does have a touch of the "old" about it, the first sip lets you know you’re tasting a legendary brew. Those flavors detected in the nose, noted above, all return and make merry in the mouth, gleefully ringing the senses with a most exceptional taste. Sweet, lively, sharp, distinct, full of tasty hops, richly resounding with a sparkling, coppery flavor. Medium-bodied, with full in the finish. There’s a Hell of a lot going on in this beer, and it’s quite an enjoyable libation, undoubtedly Fuller’s finest!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalhead (641) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Best by date of 1-05. Served at 50 degrees F. Initial nose was of sweet malt. Medium copper color with modest head. Taste started semi sweet malt with a hint of hops and mild fruit which then turned to a dryish sherry like quality. While cold the finish was a bit too dry for me but as it warmed this started to disappear. Left the lips slighty sticky. Did not notice spices as others have. Overall pretty good But I like the ESB a bit better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2004
The aroma is malt, hops, caramel and chocolate. Clear auburn, pours a large tan coloured, merinque head, leaving plenty of lace. Majestic hop forefront, lovely malt follows, with a soft fruit and woodiness. Incredibly well balanced, medium bodied, after each swallow is a wonderful return of hops, gorgeous, layered mouthfeel. A magnificent beer! Far too easy to drink for 6.3%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Pours a reddish copper with a massive billowy foam head that lends great lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with a fruit (grapes?)undertone and a hoppy spiciness happening. Some yeast in there as well. Flavor is initially sweet and malty, dark fruit and spice, then a long, lingering bitter and dry finish. Palate is very smooth and fits the beer well. Pretty dang good, more than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Dark copper that is slightly lighter at the bottem. The biege head is huge and long lasting. The aroma is very malty with some oak and brown sugar. Taste is dry at first. Has some cider quality to the bite. The malts are strong with some toffee, dark chocolate and a coffee finish. The hops come out after it warms and it has a slightly unpleasant bitterness. I imagine this could be even better on cask, but is still pretty good for a bottle conditioned example.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
skortila (4931) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2004
Aroma is quite malty (toffee), spicy and fruity. Clear, red-brown coloured with a short off-white head. Taste is again of toffee-malts, quite fruity, hoppy and spicy. Sticky. I don’t know why everybody thinks this is so great?. Almost a drainpoor this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 17, 2004
Deep ruby coloured ale with rich spicy, fruity aroma. Extremely malty, fruity (plums, grapes) and winey palate. Slightly bitter and again spicy finish. A classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Initially pours big off white head but disappears quickly. Gorgeous deep red/brown color. Complex malty aroma, all about spices. This beer is all about the malt. Full bodied, finish is bitter and the hops come through and linger on the tongue at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2004
light, sweet, doughy aroma maybe a hint of licorice; balanced smokey malt flavor with a somewhat bitter finish...notes of toffee, dark fruits and brown sugar...I thought it was a Fuggles hops, but apparently it’s Goldings....the palate is slightly alcoholic and oily, overall, pretty good.

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