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


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RATINGS: 1743   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 ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

hrabren's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (772) - Zagreb, - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle from Ambrosetti, Berlin, Germany. Aroma of smoke and some wood. Pours sparkling, amber to brown color; nice, firm, beige head. Quite bitter, although nice, especially notes of walnuts and wooden barrel in the finish which lasts for a long time. I loved it, just my kind of ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2300) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle @ home, split two ways. Bronze clear pour with a generous head. Notes of toffee, toasted malts, nutty, some light syrup and sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (420) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2016
Excellent English beer. Puts other "real ales" to shame. Big chunky caramel and toffee malts, sweet and subtlety bitter. Some spice, dried fruit, banana. Superb. Best traditional brewery in the UK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (1080) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUL 21, 2016
the aroma is malty and fruity with hints of toffee, brown sugar, dried plum and milk chocolate... the taste is fruity and caramel with notes of toffee, bisquit, dried plum, nutmeg and some spicy herbs... sweet, bitter and dry aftertaste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (243) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
Kopparfärgad, klar. Maltig doft med hö och gräs. Smaken är maltig, knäckig och välbalanserad, Jag älskar strong ale och denna är utmärkt. Provning De Klomp 14/5 -06

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kobracai (99) - FINLAND - JUL 10, 2016
Loafy aroma, full-bodied. Burned surgar. Sweet licorice. And hops. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mister_Li (801) - GERMANY - JUL 9, 2016
Klares kupferfarben mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, süßlich, Röstaromen, Karamell, Nüsse, leicht fruchtig, süffig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (439) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2016
Clear, dark brown colour and some tan lacing. Rich malty aroma, hops, spice. Rich in flavour, malty, a little bit bitter. Mouthfeel is soft, medium carbonation. Nice and rich ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DraftDodger (999) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2016
Copenhagen 28/6 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. "1845" in nice curving letter on the label. Very gushing upon opening making a mess on my kitchen table. Pours reddish amber with huge off-white head. Settles as thin layer of foam with lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma of dark fermented fruit, alcohol, roasted malts, nuts and a little tartness. Light carbonation and oily palate. Taste is sweet and rich forllowed by sour notes. Aftertaste is tart and lightly acidic. Leaves a nutty taste in my mouth. A very fine specimen - which reminds me of an brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sccp1910 (162) - BRAZIL - JUN 15, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2016 Sabor e amargor marcante com notas dd café...cor marrom e encorpada. Foca entre uma bock e stout....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2623) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Dark orange to brown color. Persistent beige head. Medium sweetness and bitterness. Medium body. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, chocolate, hops, herbs.

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