Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (1195) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle sample at Planète Soif bar, Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse 2013. Nutty, toffee caramalts with superficial sweetness complement spicy UK hops. Drinks pleasantly like an ale or richer ESB, hop & rind aftertaste of a UK IPA, with some complexity. Hard to place but more than OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2035) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle from Bierzwerg!
Pours strong copper colored with creamy, off-white head. Smell has some licorice, toffee, caramel malts and dark fruits. Starts with lots of dark red fruits, some licorice, roasted nuts and caramel malts. The middle part has some more bitterness, paired with bitter roasted malts, slight sourish dark fruits and lots of toffee. Goes into a bitter malty, very nutty finish with toffee and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
espenra (840) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2013
50cl bottle from Systembolaget. Best before 2012-10-10. It poured a dark orange colour with a medium big foamy head. Aroma is nuts, malts, butterscotch and some raisins. Flavour is round, but with some bitterness. Nuts and raisins are more noticable than the aroma. Short aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2816) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO. Another stash-lurker here, with a best before date back in October 2012 - but seems to be in pretty good condition considering its age. Nice caramel-copper colour with a thin off-white head. Nice and warm aroma of butterscotch, cherry, macerated raisins, and a suggestion of port. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Flavour is ever so slightly oxidized, but in a positive way, with hints of sherry and tobacco alongside slightly tart cherry, mellow caramel, and a surprisingly bright hit of citrus-inflected hop bitterness in the finish. Very, very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2803) - SWITZERLAND - APR 14, 2013
Bottled 50cl. Definitely not the flagship beer from this brewery. Medium bodied and balanced. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2013
bouteille 50cl, BB 17-10-2013. Cuivrée, col crémeux beige. Arôme rend ce bouquet ici très anglais, note maltée allant vers le caramel presque biscuité, houblonné léger laissant une pointe fruitée. Palais est malté, anglais, note de toffee, biscuité-caramel et crystal pour un côté moyen sucre brun suivi par une amertume tenue surtout en fin de bouche qui laisse entrapercevoir des notes citronnées. Sympa restant dans une lignée classique très anglaise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (511) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle 0,5L. Clear, amber red colour with small, off-white head. Aroma of sweet grapes, caramel, cherry, nuts and honey. Medium to full body, light bitter at the start, turns into moderate to heavy bitter aftertaste and finished with nice almond note.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ArtursKarklins (11) - LATVIA - MAR 17, 2013
[0.5 bottle, served: beer glass] Appearance: quite dark brown, with minimal foam head. The color really looks like more dubbel. Aroma: even served quite warm, the aroma is really weak, but with some good smell of dark caramel. Taste: bitter caramel, with some bitterness in aftertaste. But nothing special. would prefer more spices and details(spicy?) in a such a beer, that has some relations to winter, but that’s maybe juts me. The taste doesn’t change with each sip as well. In general not a bad beer, but I guess, from those ones which I’ve "tested", this one is the weakest from Fuller’s sortiment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (9924) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Pale amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is butterscotsch, malt, caramel. Flavour is butterscotsch, malt, caramel, hop. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1396) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2013
En god och välbalanserad julöl. Smak och doft av malt, humle, torkad frukt, röda bär, karamell. Lagom söt och med en lätt efterbeska.

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