gregwilsonstl (923) - Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
caramel, bread, toast, floral, white foam, amber, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter. Very good brew.
Theydon_Bois (6541) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with JF at a Sue’s away mini tasting in the ’Sham, 11/03/14, massive thanks to Fin for digging this one out for me #85518.
Lightly hazed amber with a good sized off white covering that eventually thins to a swirl.
Nose is figgy jam, dark fruit mash up, demerera sugars, tobacco, light sherry notes.
Taste comprises prunes, dates, fruit cake, leather armchair, candied sugars, caramel fudge, hint sherrification.
Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, sweetish closure.
Solid stuff and still holding up well at 7 years although not the best vintage I’ve sampled.
humlelala (864) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(50 cl bottle courtesy of fiulijn; cheers mate! Bottle #68168) Pours a cloudy amber with creamy, white head that fades relatively quickly leaving a thin film and a bit of lace along the sides of the glass. Poor regeneration. Initial aroma has some oxydised notes but they seem to leave quickly along with the head leaving room for notes of dried fruit, flowers and honey. Full-bodied on the palate, soft carbonation, oily texture and a nicely balanced slightly bitter finish that lingers. Flavour generally follows the nose with more fruit, less oxydation and the previously mentioned bitterness in the finish making it quite pleasant to drink. Alcohol is nicely masked. Considering that the hops used are not among my favourites I think this beer is quite a successful brew.
Johnsense (676) - - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinking fantastic right now. Caramel colour, small head. Aroma is deadly, lots of fruit, leather. Plum, Raisin, Caramel, Leather, Dried dark fruits. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Bottle 128.
PriorL (1153) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, nice stable off white head.
NOSE: sweet, fruity, nice hoppy.
TASTE: fruity, sweet, caramel, needs more time!
brystmar (1080) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky caramel color; light bubbles up top leave soapy foam on my glass. Smells caramely, tastes oaky sweet. Aged booze for sure. Tastes a bit dark & bitter, still some booze at the end. Falls short of Lees Harvest & Thomas Hardy.
Nisse666 (3678) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thx to ekstedt cons 2013-10-26 Göteborg
AR: medicine, roasted malt
AP: dark ruby orange, wee crčme beige head
F: roasted malt, medicine, marsipan,
thomat (1848) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a small white head. Fruity and acidic notes. Fruit, malt, spice and hops. Medium to full body with a bitter sour finish.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Feb 2012 Chris O’s Fullers/Gales Tasting. Dryish. Some toffee. Few hops. Quite dull really. Hmmm. having a bunch of of these Fuller’s beers one after the other hasn’t been as enjoyable or interesting as I thought.... [2.7]
pintbypint (2358) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBAG 2013. Bottle # 34954. Dark orange pour with a small ring of white head. Orange peels and caramel in the aroma. Taste has caramel malt, a bit of alcohol, mild hops to finish, some lingering alcohol. Smooth and nice English Strong.
kbudd19 (371) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Sid for sharing this at RBAG 2013, from the verticel 2005-2008, brown copper pour, smell is rasins, carmel, malty backbone but unlike the 08 this had a bit more spice on the nose, has a sharp finish the lingers on the tounge..like the 08 better.