Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1725   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle sample- Pours a light amber colour with a frothy head that is just off tan in colour. Aroma is smokey, peppery, fruity, complex as hell. Taste is fruit, malty sweetness, and hops bitterness. Finish is bitter, and alcohol is not noticable. A well balanced ESA with obviously a lor of care put into the brewing. Well done Fullerís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1687) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2004 Bottle conditioned makes the opening a skill so the bottle does not froth over......pours a light copper color with a pebbley light tan cap. Medium-light effervescence. Aroma is unique...very understated but is predominated by a spicey, smoked oak-fruity aroma. Front is very smooth with a good malt presence punctuated by its smokey-oak nutty sweetness balanced with the piney hops that become more prominent in the finish as the malts drop away and the piney hops become slightly bitter....long lingering metallic after taste. This is a very well put together ale...nicely balanced complexity...care and effort have been taken in the production and ingredients....and it shows.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Bottle. Deep amber color with big foamy head. Aroma of sweet malts. Taste is of sweet malt with fruits and hints of coffee. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
Brownish amber, low carbonation provides almost no head. Very malty aroma totally dominates the old hops hints. Fruity (plums, grapes), toasted bread and roasted nuts maltiness. Notes of cake, oak, cloves, nutmeg... Surprisingly has a moderate acid bite that hurts a bit the roundness and development of the deep malt flavors. Slight smoke in the finish. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. This is not as well elaborated as the vintages in terms of flavor balance and appears a bit disappointing to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1066) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Deep amber with a good looking tan head. Toasted malt, toffee, fruitty aroma. This has to be on the same plane as some of the vintage ales. Itís like a light version of a barley wine. Cotton candy, vanilla, great rounded bitter. Chocolate and caramel. Smokey wood notes. Great ale nonetheless!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevepigg (1) - Davis, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004 does not count
Great beer thatís was easy to find on tap just about anywhere I went in London and Paris this spring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 2009-12-11. Crisp ruby brown body with a fingers worth of creamy foamy beige head and lace. Gorgeous looking! Flavour starts sweet with a rich caramel malt, touch of toasty malt grows as you go becoming lightly roasty in the aftertaste. 7+ Smooth average bodied palate is adequate, lightly carbonated, and is pleasant but feels just a touch lighter than the beer calls for. 3+ Aroma is pleasant, lightly dusty/toasty malt, caramel sweetness. 7+ Not quite as much oomph as I remember the bottle having, but possibly more drinkable overall. One of the better casks I have had I think. 7+/5/7+/3/16 - 3.8 Cask at Volo, Toronto

October 2007. Bottle. Dark amber brown body with a good creamy beige head. Sweet caramel malt and modest earthy hops in the aroma. (7+) Similar flavour with sold malty character, caramel and brown sugar notes, tangy earthy notes. (7+) Medium palate (3+) Very nice. 7/4/7/3/16 - 3.7

Sept 2004. Nice dark amber, good size off white head. Bit of caramel maltiness in the aroma. Nice, well balanced with the alcohol peeking out just a touch in the finish. Good malty flavour with a caramel undercurrent and an "English" hoppiness. Hints of toasted malt? Nice palate. 6/4/6/3/15 - 3.4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (10556) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2004
Brown bottle is a good idea. good color. Well hopped. Very drinkable roasted without overt coffee. Some smoke in aftertaste. An example of great bottle conditioning. Nice lace and graininess. Bit of harsh bitterness but still very balanced. Some spicy malt, barelywine notes. A must try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2004
Nice brew with dark amber color and reddish shine. It has soft and medium sweet aromaís with hints of Pimmís cakes and caramel. It has a soft mouthfeeling with hints of roasted nuts, fine malts, cacao and dried fruits. The afthertaste is turning dry and makes it very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Ontained from a far, far away land known only to locals as Scotland. Tasted in the finest dimple mug the hudson?s bay company had to offer at the time for $6.99 (two for $12). Appearance was majestic - deep reddish copper brown colour, triumphant head, laughing in the wind of my awestruck yet pious exhale. Aroma, aroma, but how do you describe angels breath? Sweet, floral, estery caramel and yes, as per the apt deScription fruit cake at christmas time. First sip....rejoice. Second sip...despair. Famous. Lovely. Nasty. A nexus of destruction. A mere mortal such I, tasting this, thine nectar of the gods, gods long past yet everlasting in the primordial soup of my ethereal descartes like dislocated mind. Swimming ad infinitum - undecidable. Hints of alcohol, warmth and frienship. Yes, my little beer, I am your friend. I understand your hardship, your malevolent quest for ultimate, yet finite supremecy. But for now, on this lonely and foresaken evening, please, allow yourself to be consumed into the depths of my nether belly.....ummmmm......beer.

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