Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1735   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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (569) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2016
The deScription "a rich beer" is certainly accurate. Itís really a "dessert" beer. Christmas cake, fruit cake, nuts, orange marmalade, orange juice, wood, sweet spice, caramel, toffee, hot cross buns, smoke, and on and on. Good for winter, a bit too much for a warm autumn evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankZappa7 (432) - GERMANY - MAR 10, 2016
10-Mar-2016-0,5L Flasche. RŲtlich-mittelbraun, minimale TrŁbung, beiger Schaum. Aroma: Feige, Sherry, Karamell, Rosine. Antrunk: malzig, Karamell, Feige, gegen Ende ansteigende angenehme Bitterkeit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Night_Cap (57) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle 500ml. Served at room temperature. Pours a hazy amber. Head is off white, dense and mostly lasting. Aroma is of earthy hops, orange marmalade, berries, caramel, biscuits, cooked butter and some light toasty notes. Flavour is a medium earthy hop bitterness with oranges, dried nectarines, berries (red), buttery caramel, biscuits (dry) and earthy/woody notes in the finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a good length finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
popoul (6) - - MAR 3, 2016 does not count
Aroma: Floral Aperance: Amber orange Head white minimal taste: Bitter medium heavy Overal not my beer of choice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cervmagpt (622) - PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 17A). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 183. AROMA: predominant malty and sweet aroma with moderate notes of toasty, caramel, slight bready/cookie and molasses with a faint roasted background. APPEARANCE: dark amber color and translucent. medium, light tanned head, creamy, with moderate retention. FLAVOR: malt flavor dominates with moderate to high, toasty, caramel. Medium-low to low earthy hop flavor with medium-high bitterness that lingers beyond an almost dry finish. Balance towards malt and no esters perceived. PALATE: medium-low body with medium-low carbonation. no astringency. slight alcohol warmth. no creaminess. OVERALL: a very nice British Strong Ale with a lot of malt presence but with a good supportive bitterness. As improvement, needs a little more body and esters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Bottle, home, really surprised that I havenít rated this one. Acquired from Morrisons Supermarket in Chelmsford. Poured into Moor glass. Big white head. A pretty red and orange glow. Very nice strong ale appearance. Aroma is of fresh bread, aniseed, old socks and dried fruits. Taste is big and bready, huge malt bill. Lots of good Goldings. Slightly overkill on the crystal but the Simpsons pale is superb as always. Lovely big bready texture. Prunes, figs and stonefruits as well. Burnt blackberries on the finish and a tad hot on the finish but otherwise a great old skool English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nephirem (138) - CROATIA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with very small white head. Smell is sweet and boozy. Medium to full body with aggressive carbonation. Taste is combination of sweet and bitter. Caramel, malts, biscuits, fruits, alcohol... nice and smooth. Finish is fruity and alcoholic. Lovely cake-like aftertaste. Overall, great strong ale. Loved it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
digitalviking (83) - - JAN 29, 2016
Iíd say Fullerís deScription of a fruitcake aroma is pretty accurate, and the taste is a bit like cigar tobacco. Definitely an interesting beer, but maybe not one I want to drink too much of because the taste is a bit esoteric for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
witthatsbier (497) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2016
50CL bottle(bottle conditioned) pours a copper colour with a white head that barely lasts Aroma is virtually nothing just bit of grain taste is sweet bit of fruit no bitterness very thin for abv overall a very moderate beer,very old fashioned,try once

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (729) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Appearance- dark amber/ruby, clear, a foamy off-white head which leaves lacing. Aroma- raisin, port, fruitcake, treacle, caramel, dark fruits, boozy hints, nutty. Smells rich. Taste- lots of sticky dark fruits, treacle toffee, honey-soaked malt loaf, crisp hoppy undertones, cherry, sugary raisin and plum, Christmas cake. Bitter finish which is strong and a bit boozy. Very good.

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