maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 Bottled. Slight aroma of berry fruit. Dark brown colour with just a hint of red and no head at all. The taste is very malty and bitter with a slight fruitiness in the mouth. Iím afraid British BCAs are really not my cup of tea and this is supposed to be one of the best. Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.0 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.3
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2006 (Bottled) Deep, dark red/amber color with a medium, off-white, foamy and lacy head. Mild, caramely and malty aroma with woody and nutty hops. Roasted-malty, caramely flavor with a long, dry, woody-hoppy finish. Sticky, bitter and dryish mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Surprisingly roasty, dry and full for a British ale with features from porters and dry stouts. Not bad at all.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep tan colour with small but fine beige head. Aroma is malty and fruity with some toffee and nuts. Flavor is, as said in the commercial description, almost fruit cake like.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to 123456green for sending me a couple bottles of this Fullers ale!
Body shined bronze, but with edges of amber and a rocky kaki head. I was shocked with the intense hop presence here. Lasting caramel notes ring true, along side the woodsy oak like and floral hops. The thirst of hop actually became a bit astringent and overpowering here. Presented a little white pepper and black peppercorn, along side a musty humidor - cedar chest – spicy-like forwardness. The alcohol was upfront and BeanDip compared it to Aqua-Net hairspray. Maybe some time in the cellar would do this beer some justice.
Thanks again to 123456Green for giving me the chance to sample this brew!
screigh (628) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber brown with little head that lasted about 2 seconds, zero lacing. I don't smell much of anything for an aroma. The taste is quite good with sweet malt, nutty, chocolate taste. Nice...a definite must try.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color with an off-white head. Nutty malt aroma. Nice sweet malt, toasted nut, nutmeg and hops flavors. Fairly thin feel, with moderate carbonation.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opitmy of balance. Pours a conservative head and not so lacey, but fine for the style. Nose is subdued a bit, but grains and bits of choco prevail. This ones all about the taste. Butter yeast, with hint of grain up front. Deep fruit combined with a woodsy-earth flavor. Just a hint of hop for snap and balance. This is a fine brew, very drinkable because there is so much depth to this brew. Chocolate,prunes, butter and wood does not send this all over the map but brings together one of the most well-balanced ales around.
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow nice english strong ale! this is a great beer. dark brown color, small tan colored head. great aroma of spices. sweet tasting, goes down really easy. sat in my fridge for a little more than a week before i could no longer stand it and had to consume. great beer, my new favorite from fullers.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice red/brown colour with a thin short lasting head. Big hops aroma in the nose, spicy. The taste is nice spice, hops big carbonation. As with most of these quality british brews the balance of the flavours is outstanding.Yum!
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy aroma. Spicy and sweet mouth watering flavor with a dry after taste. Kind of bitter. Good full palate. Very good beer. Fullers has yet to let me down.