Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
leaparsons (8478) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a beige foam. Aromas are nutty and peppery with ribena berries and some earthy hops. Flavours are toffee malts with dry nuttiness. Hoppy and peppery with vinous notes. Warming and bitter on the finish with some herbal aspects. Tastes stronger than its strength.
jacobwennbom (353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy and spicy (in my notes I simply put it "british"). Malty caramell adds to that. Full bodied. Satifactoring.
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark amber, reddish color with a frothy beige head. A hoppy and spicy aroma. Full-bodied malt flavor with some bitterness from the hops. Caramel and hints of nuts in the flavor, even some chocolate coming thru. Leaves a sticky bitter palate. Overall very deep in taste with added freshness from the hops.
sm89walt (1783) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, dark amber with a light off-white head that begins quite thin but quickly dissipates to form circles around the edge of the glass, interspersed with small islands of carbonation. Amazing spicy fruit notes with hints of caramel and a sharp hoppiness. Roasted malt flavours amidst sweet caramel qualities with some of the spice indicated in the aroma coming through. Quite full on the tongue and fills the palate with a mild but long resiny finish from the hops. No forthright complexity, but nicely balance and overall another top Fullerís brew.
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear dark orange. Yellowish light off-white head. Honey and wood make up most of the slightly toasty, leathery, apricot-like aroma. Sweetish and also honey laden palate of medium size and carbonation. Nothing extravagant, a bit dull and rough-edged at times even.
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Sampled in 2005.] A true Fuller caused by the yeast. Fullbodied and nice bitter, soft and some spices.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
deep amber, whispy head, rich malty aroma with touch of spices, rich malt flavor with lots of esb type bitterness,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Bov (9979) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of oh6gdx - clear and bright ruby-brown colour with a little foam made of big bubbles; nice lace; impressive nutty, malty and woody nose with notes of almonds in the background; low carbonation and a good, regualr malt body; a late bitterness before a long nutty, malty finish - brilliant
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 15 Jul 2007 Bottle 500ml. A satisfying aroma of malts, nuts and dried fruit. Pours a lovely copper red with a good tan head. Lovely flavours, with the malt and hops shining through and blending well with nutty, fruity flavours, and a hint of deep roast coffee. A good full body and good carbonation. Smooth on the palate with delicious lingering tastes. A fine strong ale from Fullers. Good all year round.
13 Jan 2008 Draft pint at The Carpenters Arms, Bransgore, Dorset. Same pour and look, although the head was smaller and did not last long. However, this was altogether a different beer. It was nowhere near as tasty as the bottled version and seemed somewhat thinner. If I was rating the draft pint alone, I would say aroma 5, appearance 3, flavour 7, palate 3 and overall 14. It was a bit of a let down, really.