Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1709   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 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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
Slightly hazed ruby red appearance with a nice frothy off-white head. The nose is fresh and fruity with hints of raisin. Malt seeps through in front of a subdued English hoppiness. Very nice aroma indeed. The body is immediately malt, thick and juicy with just the right amount of sweetness. A perfect blend of malt and hops, wherein the hops canít seem to be distinguishable away from the malt. Long, fruity, bitter-sweet strong ale. Very, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
Dark amber. Soft, finger of light beige foam. Excellent lace. Toasty, chocolately aroma w/ a spritzy orange fruitiness. Thick, buttery feel. Toasty flavour of chocolate, caramel, licorice, & molasses. Some burnt spiciness & a very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
Fullers seems to have cornered the market on the whole English Strong Ale brewing. And this one is cetainly worth itís weight as one of the better Ales. Straight up AMber with a lot of foam. Sweets all around in the drink of candy, toffee, butter, fruit. Buttery and spicy. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle. Dark amber color with a fine beige head. Malty aroma with some roasted qualities and some spiced fruit. Almost has a bourbon quality in the background. Fruity malt flavors with a spicy bite and a lingering, attention getting bitterness. Does have a little smokiness as well. So many interesting flavors youíd never get bored drinking this. Excellent beer from a top quality brewery-you canít go wrong with Fullerís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle sample- Pours a light amber colour with a frothy head that is just off tan in colour. Aroma is smokey, peppery, fruity, complex as hell. Taste is fruit, malty sweetness, and hops bitterness. Finish is bitter, and alcohol is not noticable. A well balanced ESA with obviously a lor of care put into the brewing. Well done Fullerís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1677) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2004 Bottle conditioned makes the opening a skill so the bottle does not froth over......pours a light copper color with a pebbley light tan cap. Medium-light effervescence. Aroma is unique...very understated but is predominated by a spicey, smoked oak-fruity aroma. Front is very smooth with a good malt presence punctuated by its smokey-oak nutty sweetness balanced with the piney hops that become more prominent in the finish as the malts drop away and the piney hops become slightly bitter....long lingering metallic after taste. This is a very well put together ale...nicely balanced complexity...care and effort have been taken in the production and ingredients....and it shows.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (578) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Bottle. Deep amber color with big foamy head. Aroma of sweet malts. Taste is of sweet malt with fruits and hints of coffee. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
Brownish amber, low carbonation provides almost no head. Very malty aroma totally dominates the old hops hints. Fruity (plums, grapes), toasted bread and roasted nuts maltiness. Notes of cake, oak, cloves, nutmeg... Surprisingly has a moderate acid bite that hurts a bit the roundness and development of the deep malt flavors. Slight smoke in the finish. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. This is not as well elaborated as the vintages in terms of flavor balance and appears a bit disappointing to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1054) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Deep amber with a good looking tan head. Toasted malt, toffee, fruitty aroma. This has to be on the same plane as some of the vintage ales. Itís like a light version of a barley wine. Cotton candy, vanilla, great rounded bitter. Chocolate and caramel. Smokey wood notes. Great ale nonetheless!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevepigg (1) - Davis, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004 does not count
Great beer thatís was easy to find on tap just about anywhere I went in London and Paris this spring.

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