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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 1644   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 ía rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finishí.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
Bottle. 04.19.04. Pour is a tarnished brass, highlighted in amber tones. The head is huge and brainy, eggshell. Aromas are of sweet malts, cakey (?), slight spicey bitterness, coriander. The flavors have similar notes. As with the last beer tonight, I am noting a distinct salt flavor. (Is my palate corrupted today?) The finish tends towards cream, butter, sugared fruits. It's not such distinct beer, but it is evidently well-crafted. An interesting example.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2004
Dark orange-red. Aroma of cinnamon rolls, spices, sugar, chocolate and some hops. Spicy flavor with tones of licorice and chocolate. Bitter with tanninous tones.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
Rich foam head, long lasting and clumpy. Dark red/brown. Strong hops and finish. Very dry. Excellent and balanced. A beer that demands a little more time and reflection.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
Deep red-brown color. Deeply roasted malt with a hint of (Goldings?) hops in the nose. Initially sweet in flavor, but your tongue is soon assaulted by a dry and hoppy flavor that continues through the aftertaste. Thick and well-retained head.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 Bottled. Slight aroma of berry fruit. Dark brown colour with just a hint of red and no head at all. The taste is very malty and bitter with a slight fruitiness in the mouth. Iím afraid British BCAs are really not my cup of tea and this is supposed to be one of the best. Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.0 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.3

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2006 (Bottled) Deep, dark red/amber color with a medium, off-white, foamy and lacy head. Mild, caramely and malty aroma with woody and nutty hops. Roasted-malty, caramely flavor with a long, dry, woody-hoppy finish. Sticky, bitter and dryish mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Surprisingly roasty, dry and full for a British ale with features from porters and dry stouts. Not bad at all.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2004
Deep tan colour with small but fine beige head. Aroma is malty and fruity with some toffee and nuts. Flavor is, as said in the commercial description, almost fruit cake like.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Thanks to 123456green for sending me a couple bottles of this Fullers ale!
Body shined bronze, but with edges of amber and a rocky kaki head. I was shocked with the intense hop presence here. Lasting caramel notes ring true, along side the woodsy oak like and floral hops. The thirst of hop actually became a bit astringent and overpowering here. Presented a little white pepper and black peppercorn, along side a musty humidor - cedar chest – spicy-like forwardness. The alcohol was upfront and BeanDip compared it to Aqua-Net hairspray. Maybe some time in the cellar would do this beer some justice.
Thanks again to 123456Green for giving me the chance to sample this brew!

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
screigh (494) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Poured a dark amber brown with little head that lasted about 2 seconds, zero lacing. I don't smell much of anything for an aroma. The taste is quite good with sweet malt, nutty, chocolate taste. Nice...a definite must try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Clear amber color with an off-white head. Nutty malt aroma. Nice sweet malt, toasted nut, nutmeg and hops flavors. Fairly thin feel, with moderate carbonation.


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