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

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RATINGS: 1674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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’.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
Cask Conditioned
Red-amber color. Light malt aroma, they should work on it...
Great taste, powerful, unexpected; big caramel and malt character, and strong hopping. Strong and long final as well.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16407) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2007
Bottle. Clear, copper-red beer with a beige head. Malt, beef-stock, alcohol, dried fruits and some fruityness and hops on the nose. Beef-stock, malt, alcohol and dried fruits in the flavor. Full, sweet body and a long, quite bitter finish. Surprisingly full, sweet and strong (alcohol) for a 6.3% beer. Could maybe be cellared a bit longer. (070404)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15314) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Bottle.Reddish brown, thick cream head. Good rich malt nose, almost oloroso sherry like, rich flavour with baked raisins and dark fruits with a spiciness that grows towards the finish. Does not drink its strength. Good beer. 848416 4.0./5.0 Re-rate at mass 1845 tasting. Good fruits, fruit peel, some bramley fruit some malt but not as much as before, some woodyness I never got before and a peppery hop finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14985) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with ok duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, hops, honey and caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14811) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
bottle. dark brown wit little white head. malts spicy - roasted caramel and hops. creamy soft mouthfeel. lasting fine bitter finish, little harsh/rough. body is solid! great one from fullers!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14481) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle, 6.3%. Dark brown colour, stable light brown head. Creamy mouthfeel. The flavour is quite malty and slightly peppery in a good balance. The bitterness gets a bit rough, but on the whole a very nice beer.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (14477) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle (presant from Mikkel) in train (x2000) going to Stockholm for the Beer & Whiskey Festival, shopping and visiting good beerbars (Akkurat). Clear red/brown - offwhite head. High malty, raisins, barley, berries, red berries, cookies, high sweetness, Caramel, sweet malty. Far too sweet. Dry hoppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (14376) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 Bottle at Bishops Arms, Skövde. Amber color, very nice lasting beige head. Malty fruity aroma, grapes, pear, sweetish, candy notes, hop notes. Hop flavor, fruity, candy, roasted notes, grapes, some citrus. Sweetish finish with candy and hops. Very drinkable and balanced. Old rating from 2004. (3,1) Amber color, but not very much head. Very bitter, a little sour. Not thin, but it could have had a little more body. Quite an ordinary ale.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (14334) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle pour from Pound and Pence. Reminded me of a light barleywine. A sweet, malty aroma gives way to a nicely balanced malt character with strong, darkly fruity notes and a touch of hop bitterness on the tail. Medium in body and nicely carbonated. Not a sessioner - unless you’re pretty hardcore. Tasty and a dynamic beer.


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