Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1644   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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2260) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Poured from 500ml bottle. Clear, orange-red-brown with a small khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of spices, fruitcake, plums, raisins, caramel and marmalade. Taste of, spices, toffee, plums, raisins, dark fruit, licorice, mild chocolate and nonspecific bitterness. Indeed, the bitterness gives a nice balance to the rich malty and fruity flavors. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derbeth (435) - Krakůw, POLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Amber colour, frothy head with decent lacing. Intensive aroma of toffee, spicy finish. Medium bitterness. Good, but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Serapac (204) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. Brown-red, medium off-white head. Minimum carbonation and lacing. Aroma malt, hints of honey. Medium body. Taste bitter-sweet, butterscotch, apricots. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DraganC (23) - SLOVENIA - FEB 24, 2015
Pours nicely, very nice deep reddish colour. Not too foamy and very nice sweet fruitish taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbonde (113) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle@home. Christmas present from my niece brought back from the UK...thanks Kristine:-). Brown ales and strong ales are basically not my favourite kinds of beer, but I must admit that this one gave me pleasure as a winter warmer. Lots of nicely balanced roasted malt, plum, raisin sweetness with spices. Very satisfying and filling. To be enjoyed slowly and not too cold. I have always rated Fullers highly as a brewery and this brew only adds to their reputation as far as I am concerned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBlueSky93 (361) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours a deep mahogany in colour with an off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, biscuit. Taste of initial roasted malts, some biscuit too, then dark fruits, licorice, touch of spice, lovely finish too. Great body, steady bitterness through the beer, finish of light bitter fruity taste. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (5326) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from Booths, Media City. Copper-red with a small head. Thereís chocolate in its nose, with a nice chocolate-malt flavour in its taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Deu (867) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 19, 2015
Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a light tan head. The smell is dark roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit. The taste is rich dark malt, licorice, some spice, dark fruit, molasses ending dry and rich. Medium bodied with a fine carbonation. Overall, a nice rich beer with a lot of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cristobal37 (326) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
I was a bit disappointed with this one. I love nearly all of the Fullerís beers and this one is so highly rated, but it just wasnít for me. Far too sweet. Indeed it tastes like a fruit cake, but I didnít enjoy that. The alcohol is hidden, but I definitely wonít be coming back to this one any time soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (1144) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle at home, 15th February 15. Pours deep brown. Aroma is spiced fruit cake, some black treacle. Taste is fairly rich , some spice, caramel, black treacle. Pretty drinkable stuff

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