Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1562) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JesseM (1155) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1635) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (17285) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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