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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised.
"A strong amber coloured ale, boasting a sweet, nutty flavour, with rich dark tones."
Ingredients: Pale malt and Crystal malt; Target, Challenger and Northdown hops.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6130) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2008
Draught. At BeerBistro. Beautiful pour, bright and the colour of hand-rubbed red oak, incredibly thick, milky-creamy and lasting beige head (tupalev wondered if maybe nitro?). Sweet nutty malt aroma, redolent with light floral acidic UK hops - not overpowering at all. The taste followed right on, somewhat dry, dusty floral and sweet, a surprising amount of floral bitterness in the finish - reminded me some of Belhaven Wee Heavy - reminded tupalev of a milder, sweeter version of Fullers Vintage 07. Chewy, light bodied and crisply astringent on the tongue, it had only mild carbonation, but finished smooth, if somewhat quickly. Very malty indeed - a good winter pint.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2956) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2008
On tap at beer bistro. Looks great, dark orange, creamy thick white head. Nice aroma - fruity, some hops, even a little nutty. Taste is solid - lots of dark fruit, raisin, plum, followed by sharp fruity hop. Thick creamy nitro like body that still allows taste through. Lots of dark fruit as it sits, sharp hops in the finish. Very full bodied and warming, alcohol present. A solid fullers that tastes a little like a mild version of a a recent vintage, which is a compliment.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2008
A kind gift from Mes. The colour of the buttons on a geography teachers suede elbow patched cardigan. A Camra member perhaps. Not bad, quite pleasant in my emerging love for English ale. Slipped down well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
On tap: Deep mahogany with a frothy beige cap that laces moderately. Nutty, fruity aroma with lots of yeasty spices and wood. Sweet caramel and sugary, nutty malts are backed by solid almost floral, hop profile. Creamy and soothing, full bodied winter ale. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2008
Sample at BeerBistro, prime draught. Very nice complex hoppy bitterness plays long on the palate against a nutty malt and cherry ester backdrop. VERY nice and wintery, I could easily slide into a few full pints of this when Iím feeling better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2008
On tap at the Castle. Pours a nice amber colour with a tiny beige head. Indistinct aroma of various malt, a bit fruity. Taste is the same, a little one dimensional. Thereís some nice caramalt flavour in the aftertaste. It seemed stronger than 5.3% abv to me. More drinkable than other English Strong Ales Iíve had, and enjoyable over-all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
In tap: Taps a deep chestnut color with some red highlights, modest cap, soft carbonation. Aromas are fruity-spicy lightly sweet. Flavaor is exceptionally discreet in its use of spices and sweet malts...lovely war soft malty sweetness mingles with a spicy-fruity background and demure kent hopping...well balanced without any of the sweetness, spice or hops overpowering the amalgam of all these flavors....franklly the best Winter ale Iíve tasted this year.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2008
Dark orange red with a white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Nutty malt taste with a sharp bitter finish. Sounds like it ought to be good, but somehow it just didnít quite cut the mustard.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle. Amber with no head. Aroma is caramel / malts / dark fruits. Taste is caramel / hops leading to dry /bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle at home ... copper / ruby ... little sweet and a hop thats not for me ... little nutty quite a bit of juice malt but in the end there just a hop in the background thats not for me. not bad just not for me.


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