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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 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 (15177) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2008
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Shamansburys.
Rich translucent red amber colour, would probably be worth a 4 if it had a head, sadly after just a short while, there is none. Nutty malt aroma with plenty of bready notes and some odd marzipan like stuff. Rather medicinal in the flavour, reminding me a lot of germoline or Bazooka gum. Nice malt, interesting finish but nothing really to shout about. Still, certainly one of the better offerings from Fullers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2008
Nose of plum, cream, alcohol, syrup and malt. Pours a mahoghany coloured beer with a small head. Some cloying is noticeable. Taste of malt, honey, hops leading to a mildly bitter after taste. A well balanced beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle. Dark copper colour, medium head. Aroma of floral hops and caramel. Rich hop-laden flavour with some spice and a good warming feeling. Nice bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (603) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2007
Swee fruity and slightly nutty aroma. Pours with a deep bronze hue and creamy and big off white head. Highly hoppey flavour with raisin, cherry and nutty notes. Nice and syrupy wih some balancing bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable winter ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7704) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle picked up at Sainsburys, Kidlington, 0812-07 Pours brown in colour with some ruby highlights topped off with an off white head. Great fruity flavour, bit tangy, bit malty but lovely full flavour, there are nuts there as well and some caramel, really nice beer (suprised that I hadnít rated this one before)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Bottle. Reddish brown color with an off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, nuts, toffee and caramel. Tastes of nuts, toffee, dark chocolate, caramel and some light grape like hop bitterness towards the end. Medium to full bodied with a creamy and dry mouthfeel.


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