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

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RATINGS: 1583   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 ’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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Dark amber color in the glass with small amount of head. Smells of caramel malt and toffee and minimal hop aroma. Taste is of toffee/caramel with herbal hop flavor that is more prominent in the mouth than on the nose. Medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation. Very good beer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1409) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2014
500 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (best before March 25, 2015). Brownish-orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of light chocolate, graham cracker, and faint citrus. Taste offers smoke, roasted nuts, toffee, chocolate, and very faint tangerine. Pairs well with cheddar and Gruyère. A perfect example of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4292) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
pours unclear richly bright amber-red with a small creamy light beige-reddish head showing some retention and a nice lacing. fruity, woodsy, nutty and spicy malts/hops - incredible malt/hop bill, specialty malts, red fruitiness - some berries, cherries, bit of toffee w/o being caramelly not buttery, green coffee beans, fruitcake spices indeed, bitter chocolate, pepper, clean english yeast - nothing off and leaving way for malts to express themselves freely, soft earthy notes, hint of sweetness, grass. moderately low carbonation, light to medium body - oily but never heavy, lightly astringent and assertive grassy-spicy-peppery-earthy finish. balanced. like a masterfully crafted strong bitter. very good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2531) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle from greens and in my most rated beer mission. Nutty almond and caramel aromas. Big sweet candi sugar flavors. Molasses and nuts again too. Way better than Sam smiths and something I would get again pending other options. Nice drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1297) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Strong ale celebrating the 150th birthday of the brewery in 1995. Refermented in the bottle. Creamy, beige, irregular foam leaving pretty lacing, bright copper colour; assertive aroma of raspberry, strawberry, sweet cherries, caramel, flowers. Complex fruity and malty taste, mouth-filling bitterness of toasted malts, refined, nutty, long and very dry, very satisfying finish. One of their best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badazito (42) - - AUG 13, 2014
Aroma frutado e adocicado. Coloração marrom avermelhada com excelente carbonatação e boa formação de espuma (boa retenção da mesma). Sabor levemente adocicado e com boa torrefação. Retrogosto amargo e com lembranças de café. Ótima opção de cerveja.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danev76 (478) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Beautiful malt aroma. Cloudy ruby red colour with excellent head. Toffee malt flavour up front with bitter hop finish. Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2863) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
bottle. Amber with two finger head. Caramel malt base, a bit sweet with some hop bitterness in the finish. It’s an easy drinker, but not overly flavorful or unique. Not bad at all, but certainly not what I expected for such a highly rated beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (939) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
bottle at a bar. poured a deep red to brown colour with a off head. malts, red forrest fruits, coffee, raisins, nuts, citrus, chocolate, ok beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (161) - MEXICO - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. A chestnut beer with a medium size creamy head and some lacing. It has a roasted aroma of dry fruits, spices, caramel and alcohol. Taste is bitter, slightly stronger at the end. This beer is somewhat dense, yet I find it drinkable and warming. It has a strong aftertaste with a malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (355) - Mexico City, MEXICO - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Clear reddish copper with a creamy beige head with foamy lacing. Spicy, roasted aroma, with hints of dry fruits and toffee. Rich and smooth, with flat carbonation. Deep spicy character and pleasant dark maltiness, with a heavy alcohol and bitter finish. Very drinkable, but definitely on the strong side.


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