Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1750   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle: Red amber clear color with a nice creamy head. Aroma lots of malt, coffee and some citric tones. Toffee and a nice balanced hoppy end. Flavor lots of malt and a dry hoppy mouth feeling. Thin to medium body. Medium finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40160) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
From cask at Charlies. Pours clear and golden amber to brown. Light fruity nose. Flavour is sweet caramel malt with a light roasted note and a slowly increasing bitterness. Light roasted malt finish with a nice complimentary bitterness to break the sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (34234) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2003
This beer has a fantastic amber color and a good head, though it disappears fast. The aroma is slightly fruity. And the flavor is fantastic with hints of oranges and a slight sweetness ending of with a fantastic bitterness from a great sort of hop. Nothing less than a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25838) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2005
Bottled. Clear orange coloured with a huge off white head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits and caramel with notes of tobacco. Sweet flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits and tobacco. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25207) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottled. Dark copper coloured, mediumsized beige foamy head. Nice fruitish malty aroma with caramellish hints. Also raisins are present in aroma. Fruitish malty taste, with uhge bitter hoppy finish. Very nice beer indeed. 8 3 8 4 15

Cask@Beer Hunters, Pori. Amber colour, small beige head, which leaves good lace. Aroma is fruity, biscuity, mildly earthy and also a bit caramelly. Flavour is bitter grassy hops, some earth, sweet maltyness and also quite fruity notes. Very balanced and nice. 8 4 8 4 16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Mahogany reddish colour with a tall and handsome head leaving a neat lacework. Very, nutty and fruity aromas. Dry and hoppy ale with a long, bitter aftertaste. Typical notes of nuts and caramel. Pleasant. 091001

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23323) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Sampled cask conditioned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Dark reddish brown. Sweet, fruity, rounded and malty. Buttery and very stable. All about malt flavours, but not as refined as the top examples of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22692) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Fruity malty aoma with hints of dark fruit. Fruity malty chocolate flavor with hints of dark fruit. Fruity finish with some hints of dark fruit and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (21751) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2011
16th September 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Dark beer. Lots of malt and chocolate but then itís followed by bitter coffee which jars. Just a bit too much like hard work.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Clear reddish maroon color, beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Nice aroma of lightly toasted fruitcake. Taste has raisins, cinnamon, dark fruit. Very tasty.

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