Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4353) - 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 (4997) - 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 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 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 (1306) - 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Thick, foamy head, rich pomegranate in color. Fruity, some spiciness, with a strong hops flavor in the aftertaste. Good, but I wasn't blown away, and because of the price I doubt I'll buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Very nice deep dark amber beer with a nice fine head. Good fruit and heady malt aroma. Nice hops with some happy tang on the finish. Very good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (10874) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2003
Bottle Conditioned, 2 years. Rich dark amber with thin head. Fruit, malt and port on the nose follows with a rich fruity body and quick drying hops. Great condition, lovely and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Lots of very tiny bubbles, ddark amber body. Complex malt underlies the ripe fruits and spices. Nice toasted dry barley flavor, lots of ripe fruits. Great balance, smooth mouthfeel.

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