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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Special. Brewed to mark the 160th anniversary of the brewery. Originally released as Red Diamond. Bottle Conditioned for Fullerís Fine Ale Club, and as Special Edition ESB for Michael Jacksonís Rare Beer Club.

Ingredients: 91.5% Optic Malt, 3.5% Crystal Malt and 5% Flaked Maize; Goldings. Dry hopped with Goldings and matured for 3 months.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
22nd May 2010. ChrisOs íBlue Ridge Mountains Of Virginiaí tasting! Clear amber beer. Soft, dry, light palate. A little aged malt - minerally. Slight milk chocolate tone. Aged beer but not bad at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2010

Bottle 50cl. @ chrisos Back In The UK Tasting.

[ Vintage 2005 ]. Clear medium amber color with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, fruity, oxidide, dried fruit, raisin notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100522]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (1877) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2010
Bottle at Chris Oís. Orange/amber pour with a white head. Apricot, baked apple, toffee and caramel in the nose. Caramel, toffee and malt flavours. Malty finish. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13131) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 bottle at chris -o ... copper ... loads of fizz bubbles ...sweet toffee malt ... big oxidation mellon nose ... sweet oxidised toffee ... bbf 09/07 2.9 bottle at shoulder of mutton bbf 09/07... deep copper ... thin tan ... sweet blackcurrant ... light ovaltine malts ... light thin body ... soft mellow fruits ... 3:5

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2009

Source:Sampled at the brewery.
Glass:Taster glass.
Appearance:Dark amber pour with a one finger white head.
Aroma:Caramel malt with toffee and earthy notes.
Flavor:Caramel malt with a warming alcohol presence and sherry/port present from age.
Palate:Medium body with soft carbonation.
Overall:Another excellent offering from Fullers.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2009
Tried at the brewery. Touch of boiled vege on the nose...hardly surprising for itís age! Looks great and tastes better....i think itís got better with age, itís now really well rounded, raisins soaked in sherry, port and juicy malt thanks Paul!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (9622) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle conditioned, 500ml from Fullers Fine Ale Club. Dark amber with white head. Rich heady beer with dark caramel, toffee notes full on malt with a noticeable alcohol presence. Heavier palate than the standard ESB, there is not too much free sugars and the beginnings of a dry finish with dry hops. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle at Chris_Oís 19th April 2008 tasting. Orangey amber with a firm white head. Aroma of hops, burnt sugar, caramel and malt. Nice flavour, very similar to Golden Pride (unsuprisingly). Robust palate with the alcohol making itself felt. Decent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at Chris_Oís Ha Ha Ha Ha Gimme the Cheese Tasting.
Rich amber with a good beige head and lace. Notes of soy let the aroma down a little but some good malt and creamy caramel sort it out, light notes of tobacco too. Similar flavour but it works slightly better for me. Overly yeasty in the finish or it could have been even better. Dry hopping is virtually undetectable sadly, though Iím not sure if this beer would need it. Certainly one of Fullers better offerings.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
Bottle at Chris_oís The Wolf tasting. Actually Rene, I brought this one. Amber colour with thin beige head. Little bit of must on aroma. Good Fullers beer with decent flavours in mouth. Aroma isnít great, but the rest is very good and drinkable.


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