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


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RATINGS: 1590   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 ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenOver (91) - SLOVENIA - JUL 17, 2014
Smellbis pleasant, resembles citrus. Pours medium dark with little head. Taste is excellent, with medium carbonation and a pleasant, not dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braastad (422) - FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Aroma has caramel, nuts. Flavor is smoothly roasted, nutty. Coffee notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdabvl (20) - PERU - JUL 15, 2014
Aroma: caramelo y cafe. Apariencia: color ambar oscuro, pocas burbujas y poca espuma. Sabor: entre dulce y amargo. Paladar: cuerpo medio textura un poco cremosa con un final un poco amargo. En general: buena pero por el mismo precio se pueden encontrar mejores. Salud!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtu71 (69) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. One finger thick fast head, some lace. Bit hazy, deep red brown. Dark complex aroma, dark chocolate. Good balance with strong tastes, juicy fruit cake. Excellent!

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (144) - GERMANY - JUL 6, 2014
Dunkle Farbe, leicht rötlich. In der Nase sehr komplex: Kaffee, Rosinen, Früchte, Schokoladen, Malznoten und Brotnoten. Am gaumen Kakao, Karamell, Rosinen, Früchte und lang anhaltende, mächtige Bitterkeit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Handsy11 (14) - IRELAND - JUL 1, 2014
- 500ml bottle - Colour: deep red - Head: thick when poured bit quickly disappears - Aroma: chocolate, malty smell - Taste & Texture: Very tasty, not too heavy; not too light; just right!! - Verdict: would drink again. Best beer I've drank in quite some time!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
car13many (45) - POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Malt and cocoa (dark chocolate) aroma. Amber color, beige head, persistent. Great lancework. Sweet at first then long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
borre_m (279) - NORWAY - JUN 23, 2014
pours a redish amber with a slightly beige head. Aroma is malty, some roastiness. Taste has a lit of malt. a nice balance and full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (400) - HUNGARY - JUN 21, 2014
Vörösesbarna színű ital kemény habbal és pörkölt illatokkal. Kakaós, étcsokoládés, tejkaramellás és némi földimogyorós, pirított karakterű ízjegyeinek sokasága nagyszerű harmóniában áll össze egy kerek egésszé. Az idő múlásával egyre jobban kitárulkozik, így téve intenzívebbé és gömbölyűvé a felsorakoztatott ízeket, melyek sorát a komló támogató jelenléte zárja.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybion (70) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours deep, slightly cloudy ruby with a minimal amount of light tan head. Big caramel malt presence in the aroma, backed up by some fruiter notes (dark fruits and citrus) and a bit of breadiness and honey. Taste of roasted malts, salted caramel, bread, dark fruits, apple, citrus (tart-esque) and some grassy hop notes. Quite sweet as a result but this is balanced well by bitterness from both the roasted malts and the hops. Carbonation is moderate and the beer has a medium to full body, so this has quite a bit of weight to it. Combined with noticeable alcohol, this does not make for easy drinking, but the flavour is extremely rich and full so that is scarcely an issue. Very impressed.

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