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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 1661   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Very sweet smelling ale, fruity. Dark ruby color. The flavor is initially sweet with some bitterness in the backend. More hop flavor and bitterness would help this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Dark brown to reddish body, with a good looking off-white head on top. Lots of fruits and malts in the nose, the aroma is kind of ídarkí. The flavor is very nice, big malts with a touch of alcohol, and then a good shot of hops to balance the taste. I would call this beer Fullers Vintage 1999 Light, cause basically the vintage is just a souped up 1845, but its nice...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 MMMMMMMM!!! Aroma was malty and fruity...wonderful. Initial flavor was nicely balanced between the maltiness and the hops. Aftertaste was even better :-) This brewery can do no wrong!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle conditioned. heady aroma of pear drops, cinnamon and wet earth; superb frothy head and burnt orange body; sweet fruity creamness gives way to rasping malts. A standard for English strong ale to be judged by.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Bottle conditioned. Rich decadent aroma. Prunes and dates soaked in rum and port, biscuits, toasted almonds and nail polish. Sweet body with some alcohol but not much bitterness. Slightly rough carbonation. Complex strong ale with perhaps a bit too much going on. (8 4 7 3 17) Re-rate. BCA. Fairly even balance of flavours. Some marmalade. (6 4 6 3 13) (Average of two ratings)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Has a cherrywood aroma and a dark crimson appearance. Just an explosion of flavors within this ale while not being too aggressive. Ginger, cherry, and a bit of chocolate. I'd say this is better than their London Porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pours a creamy off-white head on a hazy amber colored body. Aroma is heavy and sweet with malt, hops, fruit and oranges - very nice and tempting. Flavor is malty and spicy with pepper and toffee notes. A thick and flavorfull mouthful. Very nice!

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 (4894) - 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.


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