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


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RATINGS: 1694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (671) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Nose is dark malts, toast, muted. Taste is strongly licorice, malt, prunes, vinous, raisin berry. I am a bit baffled by this. I could only really get licorice out of the flavour which I wasn’t expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shain (156) - ISRAEL - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle 500ml. Pours dark reddish cooper hue, with a tall foamy light beige head. Mouth feel is oily with a medium body and light carbonation. Scent of dark malt, dark caramel and honey, hops. Tastes somewhat sweet with noticeable bitterness that balances it well. Slightly acidic. Flavors of dark roasted malt, caramel, vegetal hops, slight burnt caramel (from the malt), yeasty, breadth, lightly herbal with some licorice. Very good, interesting, complex flavor, nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
Roughly frothy ale smells very vinous of fruit. It is a strong ale, which was made to celebrate brewery’s 150 anniversary many years ago, but have happily been brewed since. It has almost aromatic character of a barley wine with clear signs of plum and raisin. The taste is only slightly malty with hints of good English hops, a little English licorice stand out and replaces the short-lived soft fruit again most resemble the British barley wine. It is a very complex beer to rate, for it has so many nuances that in the big picture just signals English brewed masterpiece. I really like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8138) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle. A,ber orange, clear, with a high, fine,mfrothy head. Malty nose, chocolate and treacle, earthy hops, very rich and almost slightly funky. Sweet and malty, very rich malts, chocolate, caramel, bread. Dry, hoppy finish a rather remarkable beer. Very original.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchad56 (206) - - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle - clear copper with large frothy beige head. Pleasant constant malt / smoke aroma. Ok on tongue - slight fizz on back of mouth - low carbonation.Full malted taste, rich boozy with toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5989) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Caramelized malt and light hops. Clear mahogany pour with OK head. Consistency slightly syrupy. Light sweet finish. Some leather and toffee. Bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17708) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Clear reddish maroon color, beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Nice aroma of lightly toasted fruitcake. Taste has raisins, cinnamon, dark fruit. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tayeth (511) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 3, 2015
Süßer Geruch nach Schokolade, Karamell und Sahnetoffee. Geschmack vergleichsweise bitter, aber auch Schokoladennoten und Karamell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gueuze (684) - - AUG 3, 2015
Farbe braun. Geruch nach fruchtigem Hopfen und Bergamotte. Im Geschmack ausgewogen. Bitter zum Ende. Leicht seifig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scotbrew (61) - - AUG 1, 2015
Rich malt, fruitcake, booze, really good example of the English strong ale style.

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