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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 1614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (347) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle 0.5l. Clear amber witn medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma of cherry, honey, malty, some caramel notes. The taste is as the nose, balanced bitter-sweet flavors, a bit woody. Light carbonation, medium body. Semi-dry sticky bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (529) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle - red with a frothy and rocky light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast malt and grass. Taste of roasty malts, tar and toffee with notes of earth and grass coming through after and an ending of cocoa and medium bitterness. A little hint of alcohol, which isnít unwelcomed. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
weeheavie (3) - IRELAND - SEP 23, 2014 does not count
Bottle conditioned. Glowing amber, slightly hazy, poured with a beautiful head leading to lovely lacing. All the superlatives used in previous reviews are justified and Iím not going to plagerise - go deeper with this beer; close your eyes, itís the beach, thereís sea spray coming off the breakers and you can smell the sand and scrub grasses. This beer is an amazing triumph of brewing expertise but itís more than that, itís a total sensory treat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (503) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle - pours brown with an off white head. Caramel/burt sugar, nuts, plum, dried fruit. Sweetness up front, lots of plummy fruitiness. Mellows into a dry port like finish, which feels like its coated the tongue. Nice velvety mouthfeel. Nice beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (598) - CROATIA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle; dark amber pour with a thin off white head; sweet aroma with dark fruits, caramel, malt, and a hint of spice; sweet taste of caramel and malt with hints of dark fruits, nuts, and some spice; has some coffee bitterness in the dry finish; very nice complex beer that is pretty easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martynhall20 (15) - Hounslow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Deep reddish brown, clear. Good sized head, light tan colour, small bubbles. Head fades quick. Strong sugar / caramel aroma, like pear drops. Fruity. Initially the sweetness and bitterness is balanced, but the stronger bitter taste comes through more prominently in the aftertaste. Fruit and spice in the initial taste, strong dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Decent punch from the alcohol too. Very good quality and very nice to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"not strong for a strong ale, but very smooth and quite flavorful. slight spicy, fruity hints play with the overriding malty goodness. recommended beer..."

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
baronation1 (7) - Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
Oh this is good, plenty of tastes, a good kick and a snazzy looking bottle. Couldnít drink too many of these though. Savor and enjoy!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (942) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 500ml bottle poured in a chalice A: Beautiful bottle art. Nice and imposing Fullerís style. Also beautiful amber color with a beige head formed when poured. Small retention but many lacings left S: Sweet and fruity smell. Caramel and malts are evident. Notes of brown bread and grapes. A bit of citrus hops in the end T: Very malty and Brit but also fruity. Bit sweet upfront followed by quite citrus hoppy end. Absolutely easy to drink. Impossible to imagine its medium ABV M: Medium body. A bit molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Delicious bitterness O: Great Beer [ BA Review @ 8/21/2011 ]

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
christhoel (191) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2014
caramel, brown, hazy, tan foam, very bitter, medium sweetness, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, some people might like this stuff a lot its palatable but to much for me i dont know if its the strength or the strong fruitcake smell i dont know but im not keen


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