Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Crosse Keys, London.
Dark gold white head. Full bodied but hoppy also. Plenty of flavour but a bit sweet so the flavours are masked. Needs to mature in the cellar a little longer to bring out its true colours.
maeib (8286) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Cask conditioned - handpump - Old Joint Stock Birmingham. A rich brown coloured bitter with a good berry fruit aroma. There is lots of malt in the taste and also a sweet alcohol touch. Again served too cold. It should be nicer than this.Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.7, 3.7 and 4.1. Average becomes 3.7
MiP (12989) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Malty, peppery flavour.
DanielBrown (3601) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Draught at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. Nice bitter, well balanced, with a pleasant mouthfeel and aftertaste.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The classic strong bitter that most people rave about. Bright copper colour. Toasty malt aroma. Sweetish malt & hops initially on the palate. Lots of complex flavours. Slight bitterness coming through at the finish, but not really enough bite for my tastebuds. I would happily sip a bottle of this at home (note to Fullers - really classic bottled beers should really be bottle conditioned) and whilst I might have a first (or only) pint of ESB in a pub, I would soon move on to something else if I was intending to stay. Quite apart from the fact that I would fall over on a ESB session, I find it rather cloying after a pint or two. Not really enough bitterness to temper the sweet malt for extended dreinking. Handpump, The Sabctuary, London SW1, August 2003
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. It poured off with a nice light fluffy head, but had not consistent gas (Fine by me).Deep full gold colour and very clear. Some bitter hop & elderflour aroma. The sam bitter hope taste only not as good and as the smell promised. Marks down for that. Also had a slight tarte twist towards the end.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 Sampled draught at Bishops Arms in Malmö, Sweden. Amber color. Creamy off-white head. Wonderful caramel aroma. Steady stream of bitterness throughout the palate.
imdownthepub (9449) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cask). There is a pleasant caramel / malt aroma initially to this deep brown beer. On drinking the hops are to the fore, loads of them. There is a dry palate to the beer almost astringent, but this adds to the complexity and enjoyment. A great end of evening pint.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this as cask ale. Very bitter and fresh.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good beer, but I was underwhelmed, especially considering the quality of other Fullers beers. Initial aroma was weak to me, but later a very subtle fruitiness could be found. Sharpish taste with alcoholic tinge, and an unpleasant bitterness, although not enough to overwhelm the overall pleasantness. (Had from cask at a Fullers pub: Head of the River, Oxford)