Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 Be sure to serve this one somewhere between room temperature and fridge temperature. The aroma starts to emerge as the beer warms and the flavour improves as well. A unique ale, quite unlike anything Iíve had before. A beautiful ale with a wild taste - bourbon, fruitiness, syrup and spice. Almost creamy feel as it goes down. A nice bitter aftertaste. Certainly a surprising taste and one that grows on you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3309) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2004
500ml brown bottle. Dense tan head sits atop a dark brown body. Beer was very bright for a bottle conditioned beer. Roasted aroma. Big body - sweet and malty with notes of spices and bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2004
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown ale with minimum head. Aroma is very malty with some roastiness also noticeable. Taste is what Iím always looking in a bitter (even though this isnít one per say) but can rarely find. i.e. sharp bitterness mixed with some roasted malts. The alcohol, even thought not noticeable at first, gives it a great feeling. Probably one of the best Fullers apart from the vintage series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
Beautiful ruby-amber colour with a thick & lacey off-white head. Aroma is sweet, treacly, malty & warm. Soft, luscious mouthfeel. Flavour is big and malty to start, leading into dried fruit and spice notes, and a well bittered finish. Fantastic stuff - if itís this good out of the bottle, I can only imagine how amazing the cask version must be!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Offical tasting with represetatives from the brewery.
Another beer to walk miles for if you can find it on cask! This bottled version is very good too. One of the best bottled UK ales to my oppinion. Well balanced and still complex. Beware of the strenght!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Amber/ruby body with an off-white head. Rich, malty aroma that is both fruity and spicy. Flavor was a sweet, caramel maltiness up front that led to a delicious fruitiness and spicyness reminiscent of cinnamon-raison bread. A wonderful beer that I need to get some more of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
Slightly hazed ruby red appearance with a nice frothy off-white head. The nose is fresh and fruity with hints of raisin. Malt seeps through in front of a subdued English hoppiness. Very nice aroma indeed. The body is immediately malt, thick and juicy with just the right amount of sweetness. A perfect blend of malt and hops, wherein the hops canít seem to be distinguishable away from the malt. Long, fruity, bitter-sweet strong ale. Very, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
Dark amber. Soft, finger of light beige foam. Excellent lace. Toasty, chocolately aroma w/ a spritzy orange fruitiness. Thick, buttery feel. Toasty flavour of chocolate, caramel, licorice, & molasses. Some burnt spiciness & a very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
Fullers seems to have cornered the market on the whole English Strong Ale brewing. And this one is cetainly worth itís weight as one of the better Ales. Straight up AMber with a lot of foam. Sweets all around in the drink of candy, toffee, butter, fruit. Buttery and spicy. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle. Dark amber color with a fine beige head. Malty aroma with some roasted qualities and some spiced fruit. Almost has a bourbon quality in the background. Fruity malt flavors with a spicy bite and a lingering, attention getting bitterness. Does have a little smokiness as well. So many interesting flavors youíd never get bored drinking this. Excellent beer from a top quality brewery-you canít go wrong with Fullerís.

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