Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1566   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrzero (2) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2003 does not count
The one outstanding feature of this beer is it's aroma. When you have a glass nearby it smells if beer, and love, and all those other things that go with beer. The flavour was a bit of a let down, I tasted more smoke (vaguely "ham" like) than any spices, and found the aftertaste to linger a bit too long. It's a good beer, but I think it'll become a dinner beer for me, not a sit around with the lads beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Great aroma of mustiness and dare I say rain. Good amber color with a head that just won't quit. Full malty feel greets the mouth. Good sweetness that rounds out the taste and fades away. Certainly some spicy hops in the finish and aftertaste. Some chocolate and nuttyness in the palette. An excellent beer any way you look at it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Deep chestnust brown with some lighter blonde hues as well as some red tints. Smells of alcohol, pepper and hops. Has a small lacey head of beige/light brown. Begins somewhat sweet and I am thining, lots of fruit, but then out of nowhere, the body shifts gears and towards the finish I am tasting tons of hops. This beer makes the Vintage Ale seem like a unbalanced mess in comparison. This is supremely balanced, very soft and perhaps not as challenging, but magnificently flavored and balanced. Tastes of cherries, oak, and has a nice deep dry hops flavor that comes out. Alcohol flavor is hinted at and by no means dominant. The initial taste has some zesty spices, not heavy, almost tending towards herbal/licorice, but sweeter and more caramel/candied. Well I liked this beer, and it is certainly a nice alternative to the much more stern and alcoholic Vintage ale from Fullers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Best before 30/SEPT/02, Poured a reddish amber color with a large light tan head that had small creamy bubbles. Aroma smelled was musty with a hint of light fruit and grape bubblegum. Dry hoppy flavor but as I worked my way down the glass it turned to a sweet alcohol taste to it. Given the reviews I had higher hopes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2003
after so many of these, it is becoming one of my favorites. heard from the brewery will be on draft fall 03. wow. so beautiful, with notes of malt, hops, alcohol, but warming and smooth and great with food, chilled, room temp, an everyday beer of exceptional quality and pleasure. yay!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Deep reddish brown with an off-white loose head. Aroma is malty with a little caramel and chocolate. Some alcohol also evident, but seems to be in balance with the rest of the beer. Immediate taste is an very deep sensation of bitter malt and fruit. Body is full and rounded with good carbonation. Deeply smooth and bitter finish. A warming, rich, satisfying beer with the advantages of bottle conditioning shining through. Wow! Sensationally good. Definitely a must try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (6432) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2003
A beer with lots of aroma and flavor. Brown-reddish colored and an big head. Has a little bit of unpleasent "plastic"-flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2003
Bottled. Deep amber colour with plenty of conditioning on this fellow. Quite rustic looking. Big bottle to finish the night off with, thank god for Mr. Laidaw, taking half off me. At 6.3% it would have been a long way to the bottom of this final beer. It had been a big day for Pete, he taken his first jump from a plane this day, then assault with a hot Pakistani Curry and 6 different sorts of beer. I think he was chuffed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2003
A very nice copper coloration and BIG light tan head start off this brew. The nose is a bit malty, with some sweetness and fruit notes as well. Also quite nice, though it could be a bit stronger! The flavor is very well balanced between the malt and sweetness, and has a nice little burst of hoppiness in the finish. In a style that never made much of an impression on me, this one certainly does...a very well made beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2003
This beer rocks! Slightly hazy, deep copper ale. Large, rocky, beige-colored head. Good lacework. The nose is full of stuff: Raisins, light molasses, yeast (bread dough), tawny port and caramel. The flavor matches the aroma. A medley of many rich things; caramel and molasses foremost. Fairly well-balanced. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Excellent finish! Lengthy, bittersweet and moderately alcoholic. Reminds me of a good scotch ale. A winner!

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