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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
A vinous aniseed nose with a taste to match. This beer is very dry on the back palate but overall I think it lacks balance. The appearance is fine, with a great copper colour and good lace. It is a disappointment given the hype.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
Cask Conditioned
Red-amber color. Light malt aroma, they should work on it...
Great taste, powerful, unexpected; big caramel and malt character, and strong hopping. Strong and long final as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Warming beer. Liquer-like. smooth orange flavors. I will age one longer next time and try again. An excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Bottle conditioned 1pint 2.6 ounce brown bottle, back label says "best before Sept 02" had sitting since early Aug. 02 Color is a nice hazy dark brown with a deep dark orangy glow. Finger high head of creamy foam, tannish in hue, big bubbles and lumpy from a vigorous pour, has some spotty lacing. Smell is all caramel; sweet and candied toffee aroma and loads of caramel with notes of slight dark fruit and fresh bread. Hint of alcohol late and deep. Taste is super smooth caramel malt, subdued in its subtle sweetness, balanced in with the perfect amount of earthy hop twinged bite and bitterness, and slightly drying. The hops start to make a bigger appearance and gets more noticeable as you go. Feel is solid medium bodied, slightly buttery and chewy, all soothingly smooth with a nice calming earthy dryness in the finish. Lending this barleywine to be incredibly delicious and drinkable, very enjoyable and head swimmingly soothing. Made for a great night cap.... now I know I'll get some sleep. Finishing the big bottle goes right to your head. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 I have now drunk two bottles of this at different times, I guess due to the nature of bottle conditioned beer they differed slightly. I was a bit dissopointed by the first, the second however was marvellous. Certainly had a warming effect, was nice and smooth and just a hint of alcohol could be tasted, in addition there were earthy, nutty flavours. An excellent beer. Subsequently re-tasted, it is a superb brew, my favourite from Fuller's, although I haven't tried the Vintage Ales. A great English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Reddish brown with a short lived white head. Sour(Earthy?) aroma. Initial dry malt burst of flavor, a subtle sour aftertaste. Smooth and a joy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Pours a glowing ruby color with a nice, thick off-white head. The aroma and flavor were full of nutty, malty sweet, roasty, woody, earthy tones. Nice refreshing feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5339) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Good sweet malty aroma -with a hint of nuts mixed in. Has a thin, mocha colored head which dissipates quickly but has good lacing. Pleasant bourbon like copper red appearance. Flavor - has a little bit of a dopplebok flavor to it. Slightly sweet but not cloying. Gets "chewier" as it warms - detect some nuttiness to it along with raisins and dates. Excellent mouthfeel - just feels right. Classic bottle. Overall - an excellent ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Holy crap! This stuff is very aromaticVery spicy smelling. Like a fruitcake. Nice retaining head. Has a fruitcake taste also.. Raisin, cherry, date, with a dash aof cinnimon. Just a little too much alcahol present for the medium amount it has. Very creamy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Has a great reddish/ruby color with some carbonation and a malted smell. Taste is a great balance between the malts and hops finishing with a crisp bitterness. Overall a great beer with excellent balance.

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