PalCabral (156) - - OCT 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours mahogany brown-red, a looker, with a thin layer of scum that never settles. The aroma is lovely, dried fruit, delicious. The taste malty sweet, a good dose of crystal malt backed up by a surprising hop bitterness. The bitterness stays on for a while. The texture is super soft, in fact, the smoothness on the tounge is better than the taste itself. An excellent beer from a classic brewery.
thb (797) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear, deep red, half inch of tan foam. Aroma is fruity, with lots of cherry, toffee. Taste is similar, with a malt-forward opening (caramel, grains). Fruit builds as you move through towards a medium bitter, grainy finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin, to be honest, would like a little more heft. Alcohol does not seem to be there. Being a historic recipe, I suppose itís not trying to match any modern style exactly, but itís almost like an alcoholic esb?
gEUS (1685) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle at home. Pours medium dark amber, like a coca-cola with water. Aroma is lightly malty and some gentle pine hops. A bit one sided. Medium body, lightly sweet, a bit of malt sweetness. Taste is bland actually, light salt caramel... and a tad smoky at the end.
andrew_drinks (234) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from the Mad Bishop and Bear W2, intended to drink on a train but had no bottle opener, so here we are at home 18 months later... Pours chestnut brown and clear, persistent white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelly crystal malt, some bubblegum, a touch of íEnglish hopí character lingering on. Medium carb. Punchy flavour, some proper Burton character, a whiff of sulphur, assertive but very English rounded hop bitterness. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my liking. Itís solid enough - I remember it being better on cask at Ealing back in the day, but can only rate on whatís here.
Rob_D_UK (1345) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark but clear chestnut with an off white head. Dark fruit aroma and a lasting bitter taste.
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Victoria - Bayswater. Pours clear, deep amber with a foamy, off-white head. The nose holds dry bread, leaves and dried fruits. Light to medium sweet flavor with crunchy and bready malts, bitter earth and dry caramel. Medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Dried fruits in the finish, more bread, fig, mellow leather. Somewhat one-dimensional. Fair.
omikr0n (844) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with quickly disappearing white to grey head. Aroma is malt, candy, toffee, hint of nuts and floral hops. Taste is sweet with malt, honey, candy, floral hops.
joe19612 (2469) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown colour with a tight white head, rich malt aroma, taste is bitter and malty with a dry malty finish.
JoshRaburn (110) - - DEC 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best British style bottled beers Iíve had. I knew I would like this one, being a fan of Fullers, bottle conditioning and old fashioned recipes. It tastes kind of similar to 1845 but more hoppy, slightly more mellow and slightly more complex. Raisins, fruitcake, drying wood on the nose. Chocolate, licorice, stewed fruit, fruitcake and candy cane flavour. On the sweet side for my tastes but not too cloying. Would love to try this on cask.
zacgillbanks (4156) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Dark amber-brown coloured with a sweet malty and red fruity flavour, almond and earthy notes with a peppery hop and sugary sweet finish.
eduardovl (1306) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle served in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a dark amber color. Beautiful and clear. Forms a small creamy and thin bubbled light beige head. Good retention and many small spotty lacings left in the glass
S: Sweet caramel grains and flowery hopys, basically. Notes of dark fruits and alcohol
T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet caramel malts upfront. Toffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and bready yeasts. Nice dry hoppy bitter end
M: Medium body and medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste. Caramel malts and English hops
O: Good drinkability. Not the best from Fullerís but still a enjoyable Ale
[ BA Review @ 3/26/2013 ]