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


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RATINGS: 1573   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’.

ReV2's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReV2 (141) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (513) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
Clear dark copper, stable offwhite head. Aroma has malt, toffee, dried fruit and alc. Flavour is similar with boozy/vinous notes. Quite complex and well balanced. Finish is spicy and boozy, a little rough perhaps.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gtd (2) - - JUL 21, 2014 does not count
One of my very favourite English ales out of a bottle. Complex, strong, and balanced. Would live to try from cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (240) - - JUL 20, 2014
A rich, malty, fruit cake of a beer with complex dark flavours that explore the mouth. Smooth mouthfeel. One for after Christmas dinner. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenOver (52) - 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 (385) - 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 (16) - 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 (38) - 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 (82) - 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 (13) - 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 (29) - POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Malt and cocoa (dark chocolate) aroma. Amber color, beige head, persistent. Great lancework. Sweet at first then long bitter finish.

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