Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1614   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2004
This was a very pleasant suprise as I didn't know much about this beer proir to sampling. Poured adark reddish brown color not much head to speak of. Fantastic aroma heavy with dark fruits and bready yeast. Flavor was sweet withthe same fruits and matiness. Heavy presence of caramel. Very smooth finish that left me wanting more. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2004
This ruby brown ale with a typically small "real ale" foamstand smells roasted and bready, with notes of dried fruit and herbs. The body is medium to thin, with a smmothness that belies it's strength and density. Very english flavor profile, roasted, cracker like graininess with some butterscotch, which is not my favorite style, but I still enjoy and appreciate this for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1493) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Deep cloudy brownish, copper color with a nice bubbly lacing head. Some fruit in the aroma. Some malt and hops as well. Smooth, with a hoppy bite at the end of the taste. Some dry hopping might have been used. Very full as well. A good beer in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazyvin (1994) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2004
vintage 2001 bottle- Poured a deep amber color with a thick white head. Taste was a mix of fruits, malty goodness and a nice sweet hoppy bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2003
Dark brown in colour, off white head. Aroma of malt, cookies, some ginger and some sweetness. Flavour was malty, nutty, slighlty sweet, full bodied. Finishes slightly dry and bitter. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Dark brown medium head, stron hops and malts in the nose. Kind of musty actually, but more of warm not moist or damp must. Smooth with currants on the taste, bitter and hoppy on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3927) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2003
Bottle, at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. Wow, yet another superb Fullers product - probably the best one I've tried so far. A dark, red/purple colour, with a stable head, and enticing musty aroma. A massive fruit hit grabs you on the first sip - strawberry and blackcurrant mainly, with a crisp jet of hops on the finish. Satisfying, full, thick beer, with a a hint of strength that lingers nicely in your throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2003
(Bottle) Pours amber-brown color with an impressive white head. Descent spiced aroma. I was looking forward to tasting this beer, but was very disapointed with the flavor. Presented a bitterness that I did not particularly care for...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
A rare opportunity to sample this in cask form. A fruity/malty beer, but surprisingly easy to drink for a beer of this strength - not cloying at all. Yeasty/biscuity tones in the aroma, plenty of hops to liven up the palate and a lengthy, well-balanced finish. However, not one to drink all night in a pub on the rare occasions when it appears on draught. Old Bank fo England, London WC1, December 2003.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19976) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Sampled cask conditioned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Dark reddish brown. Sweet, fruity, rounded and malty. Buttery and very stable. All about malt flavours, but not as refined as the top examples of the style.

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