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

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RATINGS: 1737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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’.


AlabastorJones' rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tall creamy off white head, clear amber body, aroma is distinctly sweet and fruity apple juice, caramel, mild roast, maybe a hint of tobacco, flavor is bold, initial flavor is all malt, caramel, mild rye spice, husk, mild roast, leads into dark fruit, raisins, figs, huge malt flavors are balanced very well against some piney noble hop bitters, mild diacetyl, tasty stuff! Extremely well balanced


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (421) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DraftDodger (934) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sccp1910 (158) - 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....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2546) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mile (3762) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle. Amber, small to average mostly diminishing head. Moderate malty sweetish aroma, light caramel and faint roastiness with faint notes of dark fruit, light herbal hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty, lightly sweetish - sweetish with light - some caramel, faint fruitiness/dark fruits and light herbal hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish, light - some caramel, faint roastiness with faint fruitiness/dark fruits, light - some herbal hoppyness, faint alcohol. Nice strong ale. Bit too much caramel for me - not overly too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alvaro78 (213) - Sevilla, SPAIN - MAY 23, 2016
Aromas a chocolate y caramelo Baje aspecto caoba con carbónatacion correcta En boca caramelo y chocolate con un final amargo suave ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nurmis (258) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2016
500ml bottle at home. Copper colored, small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts with dark fruits with some hoppiness and spices. Notes of alcohol also present. Brown sugar also there. Medium to heavy sweetness, light to medium bitterness. Very balanced, I also like the carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LazyPyro (438) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear dark amber brown colour with a two finger beige head, good lacing. Malty aroma, dark fruits, I get the fruitcake aroma they claim too, also hops. Flavour is malty, fruity, and a hoppy bite to it, basically what you expect from the aroma. Dry and hoppy finish.
Not a usual style choice of mine but I can see why this gets good ratings. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rarbring (2182) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2016
Overall: Sweet, apple, bread, hay, grass.
Note: Bottle 500 ml at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2016-05-14.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (2228) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2016 Botella 50 cl tomada en el momento en el Lupulo. 12..04..2016. (r1729). Gracias Adri.... Color bronce rojizo caramelo turbio con espuma beige. Sabores espesos maltosos, caramelos y frutos pasos. Cuerpo medio algo pastosos y denso con ligero amargo final. Bastante buena.


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