Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5742) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Poured with an awesome dark brown hue, and large-bubbled foam top. Pleasant warm aroma, followed by an very good hoppy, wood-chip flavor with a hint of smoke and tight bitter finish. Excellent ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
Medium off-white head. Red-brown colour. Malt, fruit and raisins in the aroma. Very malty taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Nice brew. Thick, very creamy head. Once of the best looking I can recall seeing. Appearance is overall fantastic. Light brown, maybe amber. Lots of bubbles. Flavor is balanced very good. The more drink it the more I like it. I really enjoy this one. May even be better than their London Porter...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This was a good beer but dont think it is the best ale I've ever tried. Had it at Aries London Grill downtown Kalamazoo and don't think it was worth the price. Thick and bitter. Not as good as I expected it to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Truly a perfect-looking beer, pouring a dark red/brown with an initially thick, creamy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is biscuity with some earthy hops. The beer itself is one big toasted biscuit, with some caramel and perhaps a hint of dark fruit. Very well-done. I like the Vintage Ale (well, at least the 1999 version I tried), but this is easier drinking with the slight alcohol presence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 This is what a great English strong should be!! Nice malt and hop balance, with the biscuit flavor that defines this style for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Pours a nice brown with red edges, a great head and lace. A great malt aroma, with hints of fruit, mainly raisin. A very nice flavor, very smooth and fruity, an alcohol kick at the end. A damn good English strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Bottle, pours hazy brown, minimal head. Malt and hoppy aroma, with some fruit. Big english malt, darka dn sweet bread, right balance of hops, bittersweet. Smooth malty dough finish, clean. A great English ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Pours a dark copper with copious head. Aroma is very malty, with some yeast poking around in the background. A lot of malt in the flavor with just a bit of hop bite at the end. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Rerate: 11.02.08. Clear, clean butterscotch hue topped with a large, frothy, mocha-coloured head. The aroma begins sweaty, yeasty, and quickly picks up flinty and flowery elements. It continues along with cookies, both baked and dough, and picks up some faint toffee as well. Peaches, coconut and pears crawl out of the woodwork. A thick slab of malt resides underneath, not drawing attention to itself. Perhaps a little strong in the yeast and dough departments overall. Big bready, caramel sweetness up front with a flinty tint to it. Flowers are strong at mid-palate and beyond, flowing into a tangy, yeast finish that tends to the tea-like at times. Lots of tea in the lingering aftertaste, sweetened with wildflower honey. Medium to full bodied with a slick, acidic texture and moderate carbonation. 50cl bottle, bbe 23.10.09.

New score of 5/4/7/4/13 = 3.3. Given the amount of time since my previous rating, the new rating fully replaces the old. I still found the aroma underwhelming, but this time it was over yeasty as well. The flavour was more on track, but no where near what I originally experienced. Still, it does look good and feel alright.

50 cL bottle, pint glass, 55 degrees. I had one of these the other night and it was great. Now, to see how it stands up to a formal rating. BTW, I donít know how a 6.3% ABV beer made it into Georgia, but Iím happy it did. Very large, off-white, frothy, fizzy, rocky head is well lasting and sits on a ruby-red to brown-orange body that is clear with lively carbonation. Caramel, nutty, cookie malt is very rich (Heavy); pleasant flowery hops (Moderate); doughy yeast (Light); raisin, oak, honey, clove aromas. Wouldíve had a 10 if the aroma were a little stronger. Heavily sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic (sour) finish. Medium-heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Thereís a bunch of malt in here and I like it! The bottom line is: I had to clean up dog puke halfway through this beer and it was still delicious. Original rating 9, 5, 9, 4, 16 = 4.3.

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