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


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RATINGS: 1572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle (500). Poured hazy burnt ruby with a huge lightly tanned, creamy head which lasted superbly. Aroma was of earthy hops with orange peel, toffee malts, red berries, 5 spice, caramel and hints of fennel. Flavor was a good rustic/earthy hop bitterness with toffee malts, juicy gooseberries, figs, black pepper and a very dry woody finish. Noticeable alcohol content. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation, a dry mouthfeel and a superb length finish. Very well crafted English Strong Ale from Fullers – perfect full-bodied winter warmer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gtd (2) - - JUL 21, 2014 does not count
One of my very favourite English ales out of a bottle. Complex, strong, and balanced. Would live to try from cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (234) - - JUL 20, 2014
A rich, malty, fruit cake of a beer with complex dark flavours that explore the mouth. Smooth mouthfeel. One for after Christmas dinner. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenOver (52) - SLOVENIA - JUL 17, 2014
Smellbis pleasant, resembles citrus. Pours medium dark with little head. Taste is excellent, with medium carbonation and a pleasant, not dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braastad (384) - FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Aroma has caramel, nuts. Flavor is smoothly roasted, nutty. Coffee notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdabvl (15) - PERU - JUL 15, 2014
Aroma: caramelo y cafe. Apariencia: color ambar oscuro, pocas burbujas y poca espuma. Sabor: entre dulce y amargo. Paladar: cuerpo medio textura un poco cremosa con un final un poco amargo. En general: buena pero por el mismo precio se pueden encontrar mejores. Salud!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtu71 (38) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. One finger thick fast head, some lace. Bit hazy, deep red brown. Dark complex aroma, dark chocolate. Good balance with strong tastes, juicy fruit cake. Excellent!

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (82) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
car13many (29) - POLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Malt and cocoa (dark chocolate) aroma. Amber color, beige head, persistent. Great lancework. Sweet at first then long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
borre_m (238) - 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.

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