Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Best before 30/SEPT/02, Poured a reddish amber color with a large light tan head that had small creamy bubbles. Aroma smelled was musty with a hint of light fruit and grape bubblegum. Dry hoppy flavor but as I worked my way down the glass it turned to a sweet alcohol taste to it. Given the reviews I had higher hopes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
after so many of these, it is becoming one of my favorites. heard from the brewery will be on draft fall 03. wow. so beautiful, with notes of malt, hops, alcohol, but warming and smooth and great with food, chilled, room temp, an everyday beer of exceptional quality and pleasure. yay!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Deep reddish brown with an off-white loose head. Aroma is malty with a little caramel and chocolate. Some alcohol also evident, but seems to be in balance with the rest of the beer. Immediate taste is an very deep sensation of bitter malt and fruit. Body is full and rounded with good carbonation. Deeply smooth and bitter finish. A warming, rich, satisfying beer with the advantages of bottle conditioning shining through. Wow! Sensationally good. Definitely a must try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7595) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2003
A beer with lots of aroma and flavor. Brown-reddish colored and an big head. Has a little bit of unpleasent "plastic"-flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2003
Bottled. Deep amber colour with plenty of conditioning on this fellow. Quite rustic looking. Big bottle to finish the night off with, thank god for Mr. Laidaw, taking half off me. At 6.3% it would have been a long way to the bottom of this final beer. It had been a big day for Pete, he taken his first jump from a plane this day, then assault with a hot Pakistani Curry and 6 different sorts of beer. I think he was chuffed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2003
A very nice copper coloration and BIG light tan head start off this brew. The nose is a bit malty, with some sweetness and fruit notes as well. Also quite nice, though it could be a bit stronger! The flavor is very well balanced between the malt and sweetness, and has a nice little burst of hoppiness in the finish. In a style that never made much of an impression on me, this one certainly does...a very well made beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2003
This beer rocks! Slightly hazy, deep copper ale. Large, rocky, beige-colored head. Good lacework. The nose is full of stuff: Raisins, light molasses, yeast (bread dough), tawny port and caramel. The flavor matches the aroma. A medley of many rich things; caramel and molasses foremost. Fairly well-balanced. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Excellent finish! Lengthy, bittersweet and moderately alcoholic. Reminds me of a good scotch ale. A winner!

   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 (16427) - 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.

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