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

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RATINGS: 1566   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foolberry (53) - New Malden, Surrey, - DEC 7, 2012
Wonderful beer. Aroma has got oranges, tobacco, dried out old barrels. Sweet, sticky, very deep flavour. Lovely finish. Thick creamy head unlike anything I’ve seen from a bottle.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (72) - 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.

3.9
   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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
car13many (22) - POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Malt and cocoa (dark chocolate) aroma. Amber color, beige head, persistent. Great lancework. Sweet at first then long bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
borre_m (211) - NORWAY - JUN 23, 2014
pours a redish amber with a slightly beige head. Aroma is malty, some roastiness. Taste has a lit of malt. a nice balance and full body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUN 21, 2014
Vörösesbarna színű ital kemény habbal és pörkölt illatokkal. Kakaós, étcsokoládés, tejkaramellás és némi földimogyorós, pirított karakterű ízjegyeinek sokasága nagyszerű harmóniában áll össze egy kerek egésszé. Az idő múlásával egyre jobban kitárulkozik, így téve intenzívebbé és gömbölyűvé a felsorakoztatott ízeket, melyek sorát a komló támogató jelenléte zárja.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybion (51) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours deep, slightly cloudy ruby with a minimal amount of light tan head. Big caramel malt presence in the aroma, backed up by some fruiter notes (dark fruits and citrus) and a bit of breadiness and honey. Taste of roasted malts, salted caramel, bread, dark fruits, apple, citrus (tart-esque) and some grassy hop notes. Quite sweet as a result but this is balanced well by bitterness from both the roasted malts and the hops. Carbonation is moderate and the beer has a medium to full body, so this has quite a bit of weight to it. Combined with noticeable alcohol, this does not make for easy drinking, but the flavour is extremely rich and full so that is scarcely an issue. Very impressed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5234) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle sample from backlog notes. Pours a clear brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor had sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, toasted bread, a very mild spicy character, earthy bitterness and grass. Light to medium bodied. Decent, but I wouldn’t revisit this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (208) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle, 50cL. Home. A clear brown orange beer with a large thin beige foam. Long persistence. Beautiful lacing. Roasty smoky aroma with caramel, fruits (blackcurrant), herbs. Heavy refreshing smoky bitter and medium sugary sweet. Medium body, silky texture (but not oily), average carbonation, dry bitter finish, light sweet note. Overall, a great beer : intense hoppy and fruity character.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with tan head. Dark fruits, spice, and some biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2308) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - dark amber to chestnut with some lovely red chinks. Nice fluffy head. Nose - tonnes of toffee with some stewed apple. Taste - more honey than toffee but still a toffee note all the same. Some ginger cake too with a marmalade finish Palate - medium to full bodied with a big tangy texture and a nice bitter and tangy finish. Overall - yep really enjoyable.


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