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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 2, 2008
Tap @ Beer Bistro, Toronto. Deep amber color, aroma is somewhat sweet with mild hop presence. Didnt really come across too much winter type flavor. Overall, a decent English style ale

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2008
Draught @ beerbistro, Toronto, ON: Passed up a DFH 60-minute for this one; figured I can always get DFH but I hadnít seen this one on tap before. Came pretty dark in colour, decent off-white head that didnít last long. Aroma is mild, every so slight sweetness to be found, a bit bready. Flavour was far less pronounced than Iíd expected, and altogether a little boring. Good enough sweetness, spicing, hops. Average, and Iím surprised to note I preferred my previous libation, the Beauís Bogwater. Go figure, didnít see that one coming.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 11, 2008
On tap at Volo
Appearance: dark amber, red ruby hue with small creamy crown 3+
Nose :Light aroma. Medium depth of sweet, grainy malt with light hop coats.
Flavor/Palate : Sharper, raw bitter hops with bite on tongue. Sweet honey fill with nutmeg, pepper and other spices. Along hop bitters smooth warmth of alcohol. Fine ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2008
Tap, Beerbistro: Very malty, high on the caramel factor with a bit of spice, alcohol is very apparent but itís still a silky, drinkable beer with a somewhat bitter finish. Really tasty, nothing too fancy, just a good one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1929) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2008
had on tap at Volo, not much foam, nice amber mahogany color, nose is malty sweetness, some caremel. taste is malty again with some spiciness, little hops there too. nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2008
It looks good, with some foam on a cloudy yellow. It smells good, with mild spice. There is above average mouthfeel. A tad like an old ale, but other than this there is nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - 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 (3000) - 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.


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