Brewed by Fuller’s
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 ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReV2 (161) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, - DEC 30, 2012
I first tasted this beer in 1995, or was it 1845? Can’t remember but it was long ago. I didn’t care much for the aftertaste at the time, coarse hops and very bitter. Jump on several years and the local supermarket has an offer on too good to miss. Bottle conditioned, 6.3%, Fuller’s - ticks all he right boxes so I thought I’d give it another try. Well, what a beer, glorious! Real ale in a bottle. Massive fruit & malt, perfectly balanced, some citrus, yeast & burnt toffee. There’s something about the aftertaste I’m not liking still but this dissipates slightly the older it gets. Nevertheless, this is an amazing brew by today’s standards and one I can’t imagine being without for so long ever again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5299) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
caramel, bread nice sweet malty,golden, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice bitter and harmonic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lobs_ols (305) - LATVIA - APR 13, 2015
Clear dark amber, strong beige head. Roasty, nutty caramel aroma, some raisin notes. Medium body, sweet and roastily bitter, notes of nuts, raisins, maybe sherry. Finishes roasty, notes of nutmeg and roastiness. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (624) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
How : bottle Appearance : amber with a small white head. Aroma : lots of spice, caramel, fruits, some citrus. Palate : medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (351) - - APR 8, 2015
Deep amber colour, big firm head. Aroma of caramel, oak, malts, fruits. Taste is the same. Aftertaste with little bitterness. Ok. beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alexi91 (126) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: The Cambridge Arms (Bristol). Burnt woody taste with bitter tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1168) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Flavorful and dry. Spicy and malty with a hint of bitterness. Nice peaceful copper color with weight and good carbonation. Refined beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee (1515) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, coffee and citrus. Taste is medium sweet leading to a citric finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (733) - CROATIA - MAR 13, 2015
Hazy deep amber color, big tan head. Aroma of caramel, wood, malt, red fruits. Taste is the same. Medium body, average carbonation. Very pleasant malty sweetness, not too sweet at all. Finish is slightly bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekboniek (164) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Butelka. Barwa ciemny bursztyn, klarowna. Niewysoka kremowa piana, nietrwała, ładnie zrobi szło. Aromat trawy, kwiatów, ciemnych owoców (śliwka), karmel. W smaku m.in. orzechy, śliwka, rodzynki, gruszka. Goryczka wytrawna niewysoka lecz zauważalna pozostaje na długo. Alkohol dobrze ukryty. Bardzo ciekawe piwo, fantastyczny balans smaków.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (451) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAR 5, 2015
Dark red color, clear, beige thin head. Aromas is caramel, bread, biscuit, some dark fruits, maybe cinnamon. Taste is sweet, like a fruit cake. Raisins, bread, nutmeg. Sweet aftertaste. Medium body with low carbonation.

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