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Fullerís Anniversary Ale / Special Edition ESB

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2006
Amber colour with an off white head. Malty aroma with a caramel and fruity sweetness and a light floral note. Malty, dark fruit sweet flavor with a balanced hoppy bitterness. Alcohol sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle thanx to Duff. Orange colour with a tan head. Malty, hoppy, light fruity aroma and a Light sweet, light roasted, caramel malty, hoppy taste. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a clear, amber golden with a small, off-white head. Rather unusual aroma, slightly nutty, but not overly clean or pleasant. Medium body with a very alcoholic note and some very distinct bittering hops. Whatís in between the aroma and the finish is a bit uncertain, Iím just not very fond of it. 110606

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29851) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle. A hazy orange beer with a thin disappearing orange head. The aroma is very spicy on a malty caramel back ground. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, combined with a light spicyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Clear golden coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of malts and caramel with notes of dried fruits. Sweet flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
Pours with a deep orage copper colour. Head dissipates quickly. Strong grassy and floral hop aromas with background crystal malt character. Alcohol is noticable in the nose. Flavour is bittersweet wel-balanced and finishes with a dry almost puckering bitterness and a slick ( diacetyl) character to the mouthfeel. Well balanced but disapointingly tame. Crystal malt is more dominant than hop flavour. Initial bitterness and crystal are even paced but lacks richness and fullness of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Clear amber with a loose soap bubble head. Biscuit, caramel and spicy hop aroma wih some wet cardboard. Tangy, burnt caramel and biscuit flavor with balancing bitterness. Very good, though the oxidation detracts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
Brilliant reddish copper, with a large white head that vanishes quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass. Nose of fruit, malt, hops. Taste of sweet malt, lemony and honey and apricot, with long bitter finish. First sip mouthfeel was thin, astringent, even chalky off. As I worked through the glass the lemon taste became more apparent, and the mouthfeel became normal. I prefer the 1845 and the various vintages, but this is better than the regular ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle #00859 - Interesting beer here. While Iím a big fan of Fullers ESB, I wasnít sure what to expect here. Aroma was hopped but very malt forward. Appearance was amber in color with nice conditioning. Mouthfeel was a bit thick for me but still enjoyable. Flavors were oaky, and earthy and a bit salty which I found enjoyable. Overall, Iíd say this is a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2006
And an anniversary of sorts for me too - being my 300th rating, and a good drop to bring it up with too (and one I drink in honour of newly born yalnikim junior - may he have the opportunity to drink as many a fine an ale as I have/will). Pint pulled at The Flute & Whistle in Putney (London), brown with a thin bubbly beige head. A flowery and fruity aroma with apricots and tangerine. A very smooth palate with tangy undertones, combining with the juicy malt and spicy hops flavours (with a hint of plums).

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