Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1583   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 ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
THe aroma is rich with fruits, hops and malts, the color is a nice brown color with a very light tan head. Very malty flavor with a slight hop finish. Very, Very good stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Best British ale I have found so far. Beautiful mahogany color like a DFH raison d’etre, but not quite as sweet and a bit hoppier. Hops seemed to dominate both malt and sweetness, and to hide some of the spices that I knew were hiding in there. Still, a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10162) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2002
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Firm, lasting head. Aroma and taste both have malt, raisin and licorice. Good lacing. Alcohol burn. Some roasted malt and oak. Great strong ale. Cask: dark brown color. Marmalade fruit and some earthy hops in the aroma. Red fruit jam, bitter cookies and earthy, citric and flowery hops in the flavor. Malty, slightly alcoholic, full bodied. A firm peppery hopbitterness in the aftertaste. Delicious!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Great strong ale. Liked the creamy head the most.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Mahogany color. Medium long-lasting head. Fruity caramel aroma. Slight alcohol aroma. Some hops in the nose. Wonderful aromatic blend. Surprisingly quite bitter. Very malty. Slight roasted flavor. Strong caramel and toffee flavors. The bitterness and roast seem a little out of balance but good nonetheless. Creamy. Full bodied. A very nice English Strong Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4835) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
The best thing about this beer is the finish; dry hoppiness and a slight, malty sweetness. Great appearance and smooth going down the old gullet. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Actually, I’m quite impressed. This is very dry beer, somewhat like a good merlot wine. It is very smooth and very nice-looking: bright red body and thick white head. This is a sipping beer to go with a good steak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2002
A bottle of this and I’m a happy man. Perfect malty sweetness and a perfect bitter hop finish. Also a classy bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 5, 2002
jesus, this brew has some head, and its in no hurry, great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Strong honey aroma, smells a little like mead. Huge head that stuck around for a while. Found some bottles in a gas station that were aged (no one buys them). Very fruity.

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