sound67 (512) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
50cl dark brown bottle, as shown (No.19,216). Beautiful hazy dark amber colour – big, creamy off-white head with plenty of lacing. Intense aroma of orange, toffee and whiskey. Low carbonation, generally creamy, but slightly grainy mouth feel. The effect of 500 days of storage in old whiskey casks is immediately noticeable, creating a superbly balanced taste of fruit, whiskey and roasted malt. Bitter and dry hoppy finish, long-lasting medium bitter aftertaste in which the different notes are still „at play“ long after the last sip is gone. This is beer with a capital „B“. Sure, it’s expensive – but I honestly think that strong ale doesn’t get any better than this. Fuller’s have done it again!
Davidbussell (1) - USA - OCT 23, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Well worth the wait of 500 days. I was expecting a more of a spirit taste, but the slightly smokey taste was very pleasent indeed. I beleave this could be one of the best beers to put up for a couple of years to compare with later brews (if they happen in the future). After reading some of the reviews I wounder whether some of the tasters have realised it is a bottled conditioned beer. I will repeat myself it was well worth the wait.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at the brewery with huge thanks to Paul. Bugger all of this left around so i was glad to try this! Touch of whisky on the nose but comes through in the flavour better, goes amazingly well with the fullers orangeyness....not to much whisky just enough! great beer and i’m surprised at some of the other ratings! Apparently it does get better as it ages though
oh6gdx (22854) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is licorice, fruity hops and quite lemony as well. Also some fudge and caramel malts as it waems up. Flavour is caramel malts, fruits and some slightly yeasty notes. Some whisky and oaky notes become more present when getting warm. Very nicely balanced.
TorbenJensen (792) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The foam is flashy, but decreases after a short time a sparse layer on top of the beautiful beer. The aroma is very delicate, but also very diverse. I can trace plum and apricot, but other noses can certainly get many more impressions.
With a strong ale like this I think there are not very clear rules for how it should taste, so here Fuller ’s, Smith & Turner had the opportunity to apply their expertise in full, and it’s actually been a wonderful beer out of it. The taste is very rich and has a part acid probably from the oak cask. The aforementioned fruit that characterizes the very beginning, but little sugary sweetness carries it over into an easy taste of alcohol where caramel and clear whisky notes are present. I’m not sure of mine two years of storage was enough. However, I believe that it will mature even more over the years and become a little more round and soft. Unfortunately I have no more bottles than this. The finish is long, marked by whisky and only light hop. A delicate and tasty beer after two years of storage, but with large potential to be better if you have the patience.
thebeertourist (5127) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle no 17330, Limited No 1 Edition of this oak-aged ale. Clear copper with an initially big, lively yellowish head. Complex vanilla, palm sugar, whisky and orange nose. Vanilla blending with orangey whisky flavours. Add to that solid, harmonious hoppiness. A sophisticated innovation from Fullers- more of this, please!
Brix (647) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a nice yellow/orange color. Aroma is a bit smokey and fruity with some malt. Taste is bitter with lots of tropical fruits,smokey notes and some alcoholburn in the finish. Some sublte whisky notes in the bakground. Pleasant surprise!
Fin (8421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bitter Virtue, Southampton, Hampshire, courtesy of my dad, cheers dad. Pours amber, stunning clarity and with a nice busy bubbly white head, it looks nigh on perfect. Fresh nose, loads of bready yeasty notes, some wet wood and some dark fruits and sweetness start to show. Flavour is fruity but far from the cloying sweet dark sticky fruits that I was anticipating there is also some oakiness, bitterness and a little drying at the end, in fact this is a really drinkable beer for 7.7% There are some whisky attributes kicking about but they are so subtle that I really like this because they dont cloud what is a really decent beer they just add a little more intrigue and depth, really likeable beer. Looks like I am the first UK rater of this beer. A 8 A5 F8 P4 OV15 4.0
JorisPPattyn (8569) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good off-white head, bit fluffy and reasonably stable, over amber-orange beer with slight mossy shine. Soft almonds nose, alcohol and lots of fusels - immediately striking as very complex. Later parsley aroma and vinous, as fruit on wine. Gives some unexpected reminiscenses of the better Californian oak-aged beers. BItter, slightly toasted caramel, vying with heavy alcohol & fusel notes; whisky now very obvious. Every sip starts winey, before getting more woody-bitterish. Very burning MF, lots of alcoholwarming. Quite slick, but not much more than medium bodied impression. A bit harsh - probably better after more bottle-aging, but already a truly great beer. Hurray for Jezza Patrick!