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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Bottle conditioned.
This strong full-bodied malty ale has been aged in 30-year-old Single Malt casks for a period of 500 days, infusing the ale with flavours and characteristics of the whisky that has absorbed into the wood. Flavours include a balance of hoppy bitterness and tangy marmalade, rounded off with subtle smoky vanilla notes and a hint of whisky.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2010
Cask, BrewWharf, small sample. Dark licorish black colour, descent lacing, really intense aroma of whisky and oak, complex malt, really great malt balance in this strong beer, very bitter blend and a delicate balance against the whisky which i think is outstandingly crafted, whisky reminiscent of Glennfidditch, sublime oak finish, roasted malts, some definite tangy fruit in the mix which has dried out with the aging, a really fantastic beer. Thanks for this special treat at the London Brewers’ Alliance evening.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle .Pours amber with a nice off-white heaz.Aroma of wood,spice,malt and whisky.Flavor is swee malt,oak/wood and dried berries with spicy whisky notes.Medium body,average carbonation.Not as complex as I would like it to be, but still a nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Light roasted and hop aroma. Amber color with a thick white head. Plain malt body with a slight roasted and oak note. Finishes with a bitter and very light hop palate. Nice and balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4108) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2010
Pours a dark-hued orange body with a medium, off-white top. Nice. Smell is caramel, licorice and toffee, with faint hints of whiskey. Taste is honey, butterscotch, malt, toffee and boozy tones of whiskey. Full-bodied. This is a well-made solid caramel-style English Strong Ale. Solid, but a bit too straightforward and boozy for the low ABV to achieve a top slot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle. Number 18758. Amber color, ok head. Smoky aroma, some figs, nuts, whisky notes, some vanilla. Malty smoky flavor, figs, toffee notes, some nuts, some hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4632) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2010
(Bottle #05612 from Alko Arkadia) Poured dark amber and clear. Head was medium sized and lightly brown shaded. Aroma contained malts, toffee and caramell. Palate was medium bodied and bit dry with quite high carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, smoke, vanilla, whisky and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3811) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, brown sugar, caramel and light oak. Taste is of oak and caramel.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
Amber pour with a big white head. Nose has caramel, smoke, whiskey, some figs and roastiness. Taste is a bit smoked in the opening, a fair hoppiness, whiskey smoke. I think it is very unbalanced and that the whiskey aging along with the hops really do not match the maltiness. Too high carbonation, medium duration, medium body. A complex beer, but unbalanced, and the beer was way below my expectations.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11234) - DENMARK - APR 4, 2010
50 cl bottle. Hazy amber body with off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit and notes of whiskey.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
Tasted 2010-03-16. Bottle #16251. This beer has the crazy-ass, over-the-top, mega-nice, undenyable honour of being the 400th beer, I rate. Let me walk you through the experience; I open the fancy cardboard box. I pull out the equally fancy bottle. I apply the back end of my dinner fork to the cap. Fzzzzz!!! A spicy, malty, vinous scent rises from the bottle and violin music immediately start to appear from nowhere. Squirrels appear. Birds place themselves by my window. My wife starts dancing uncontrollably and without knowing excactly why (but she does that alot). Then I pour... A clear, amber liquid beautifully fills my tumbler, covering itself with an off-white layer of soft, care free foam. I stick my nose in the tumbler while every being in the country holds their breath. I smile. They breathe the breath of relief. I start to mumble about a complex mixture of raisins, sweet malts, funky sourness, vanilla, whiskey, wood, cookies, angles and happiness. I take that first sip... Eh... It’s OK.


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