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

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled, special.
1966 Strong Ale, the fourth in the series, is a bottle conditioned ale brewed to a strong ale recipe from 1966 when it was drunk during the celebration of England’s victory in the World Cup. This warming, dark ruby ale has a rich rounded flavour with notes of plum and a velvety warm caramel finish.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2014
It says ruby on the label and that’s a good reflection of the truth. Ruby to polished mahogany in colour with a skim of head and evident sparkle. Very rich aroma of plums, figs and steamed pudding. There’s some amber resinous quality and ripe autumnal fruits as well. It really is a complex aroma. A sweet, oily body and elegant flavours. Just a suggestion of bitterness but long finishing because of the mass of malty flavours. Indeed, malt is the superstar and begs for me to have more of this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle at Malmö beer and whiskey festival. Sweet and malty with dried fruits caramel and some herbs.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braastad (434) - FINLAND - MAR 31, 2014
Dark brown color, small head Malty aroma has caramel and nuts. Flavor has old fruits with toffee, nutty notes. Alcohol does come through a bit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3450) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and light berry fruitiness, light alcohol. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and light fruitiness, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, some caramel and light fruitiness, light bread and faint hoppyness, light - some alcohol. Bit one-dimensional, lacks character. Could use more bitterness to balance alcohol and caramel sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikkopen (935) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery colour, dense off-white head. Caramel-malty aroma with dried fruits and notes of nuts. The flavour is sweetish, caramel-malty, with raisins and other dried fruits and woody notes. Moderately bitter finish. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (6596) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2014
500ml bottle from the brewery online shop. Pours clear copper brown, thin white head. Nuts, toffee, dried fruit aromas. Taste is more toffee, very light bitterness at the back end. Hides the strength well. Nice idea, would like to try more on the series.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (3602) - FINLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Mahogany ruby clear. Autumny hoppy leaves, herbals. Some daker caramels. Full bodied, a bit sticky. Some sweetness, metallic tones, slightly roasted grains. Flavourful and all, but not really my thing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marstonlad (596) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2014 Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. A color of dark ruby with a medium-sized head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is malty and fruity, the former element featuring sweetish caramel and bread and the latter dried and dark fruitiness, especially raisin. Taste is medium sweet with drier bitter notes making a brief late cameo. This is definitely malts-oriented. Dark fruits, caramel and some sweetish bread and nuts appear. The palate is medium to full bodied and very smooth. Solid British quality all in all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12865) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle split with JF at a Sue’s away mini tasting in the ’Sham, 11/03/14, from the brewery. Dark amber with a good sized off white head that thins to a covering. Nose is malt forward, caramel, dark stoned fruits, light spice, bitter orange, toffee apple, sugars. Taste comprises rich malt notes, biscuit crumble, sugars, toffee, light booze, dark fruit rip. Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok stuff but a little 1D, not much depth.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (5726) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2014
Appearance: Clear nutty color with a big white head. Good lacing.
Aroma: Malty and fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet, and an ok bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Balanced round fruity and deep caramel malty. Toffee and plum.
Overall impression: Decent tasty ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden.


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