Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1548   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 30, 2003
Beautiful deep red color, cloudy, with a very large, foamy off-white head. The aroma is one of the best I've ever enjoyed. Caramel, creamy, sweet, some plum and dates notes. The flavor does not quite live up to the aroma. The caramel is present, slightly sweet, but it seems a bit watered down. Still, quite a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 An extremely foamy head on this brew.Good amber color.Fruity aroma and very smooth.Great lacing!Has an aftertaste to it after it gets a little warm, but this one I like.I definitely would drink this brew again and again and again! Re-Rate:Bottle. Poured a medium sized vanilla fizzy head that had poor retention, fast rising carbonation, spotty amounts of lacing, and an orange hue with a golden tint. The aroma was fruity, hoppy, sweet, malty, caramel, alcohol, and rich. The flavor was hoppy, caramel, malty, fruity, and the ABV came through although not overpowering. The mouthfeel was mostly smooth with a tinglyness and the body was light-medium. A well balanced beer with a warming sensation as it warmed up, worthy of a try, and a beer I will drink again if it comes my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 12, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Highly invigorated light brown head of fine bubbles that left behind a nice lacing on the pour. It has a transparent dark amber brown body. Malty aroma mixed with hops. It has a fizzy taste of hops and nutmeg flavor. Very rambunctious! Went down smoothly

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 1, 2003
Pours out a rich, amber color. Tan colored, huge, long-lasting head that slowly fades to a rich lace, and a creamy layer of bubbles. Aromas right away of cherry brandy, peaches, kiwi fruit, strawberries, and apricots. This stuff is a veritable fruit bowl in a bottle. Serving size - 18.6 oz. brown bottle. Rich maltiness to it, with fruity esters galore. On the sweet side to me. Surprizing hops bite at the finish of it. Goes down smoothly. Well balanced, superbly crafted English ale. Hard to find in my area, but worth the hunt. All in all, a really good example of brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Garnet in color with a nice foamy head. Complex taste of caramel malt, spices, and some fruitiness toward the finish, very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 28, 2003
Great big head, lovely color, somewhat dry, woody, spicy, citrus like in the bitterness. Been having a hard time finding it around here on the last search. Should I have stocked more bottles? Just afraid that they don't seem to cellar too long. When they get very old they tend to get "excitable" upon opening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2003
Dark amber body with smaller and bubbly tan head. Good lacing. Aroma consists of fruit (cherry, apricots) and roasted malts. Flavour is a beautiful mix of fruit, roasty toasy malts and spices. A great mix of taste without having either the typical citrus, chocolate or coffee. Finish is dry and fruity with a hoppy bite. A superbly crafted ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
caesar (4721) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2003
Clear red color, short mostly diminishing head. Aroma of red wine, brandy, burned malts. Burned malty taste, licorice, tar, even a bit sour acidic. Palate is dry, and bitter, bitter as can be! Horrifying bitterness combined with an acidic/alcoholic finish. Again, a heavily overrated english style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2003 Mr Kelly wouldn't give me a pay rise so I had to scum a shot glass from my beer buddy. Nectarine and Brandy dominates with a finish that leaves you in a sticky mess on the floor with half an attempt to cross your legs. Hops could be a little harsher...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2003
Finished oak color with a medium creamy white lasting head. Aroma of bread, molasses, roasted malt with some fruit( pears?) and alcohol. Malt taste with some hop bite toward the back of the tongue. Smooth, pleasant mouthfeel, somewhat chewy, alcohol is noticable in taste and feel.

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