Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle no. 135686. Thanks to Keith (who will probably never ready this) for providing the sample. Since I already rated this, and ratebeer dropped the writeup, I’m not doing it again.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
when I think of English strong ales, I think of Fullers 1845 and of the Fullers Vintage series. This series ages so well that starting in 2004 I began cellaring 4-5 bottles of each vntage. This is a premium beer now. But Iíll be rating it again in a few years!
NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a sweet cherry scent which follows through to to the taste...sweet cherry with subtle hoppiness with a floral finish....very nice, and I managed to get #131,026 in the series
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle # 136119: Cloudy amber w/ a small beige head. Aroma holds some sweet malts & hops. Picking some alcohol too. Flavor: Sweet malts, alcohol & oak. Gets better as it warms, much smoother. Will have to try this one again.
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A not-so cloudy dark gold thing, with lots of apples, caramel, and sugar in the nose. Great taste is similar to nose, but itís apparent immediately that the aroma is king. Lingering hops on the back end will make friends of certain American drinkers. Best British beer Iíve had in awhile.
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle BA Trollhšttan Ė bottle number 96685
Thanks JŲrgen for sharing this one! Hugely sweet caramal malty beer that poured slightly cloudy with a short-lived head. The hops sit a long way in the background of this beer, and for me the sweet malt simply overpowers this beer. Was a great pairing with a 6-month old Lancashire Stilton.
KingofCastle (206) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
bottle #27611 Even this special box isnít going to make me like this. Now, I love Fullersí ales, absolutely love bitters too. However, this brew says "I want my face hot" or "I want to feel messed after half a pint." I would far prefer a more complex ale with way less alcohol content, which overpowers it all. I dare anybody to drink 3 of these & prefer it over 3 normal Fullerís ale. Give me a glass of quality brandy or even wine over this beer. This special edition high alcohol beers brewed just to be "unique" are really trivial.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Golden body with a rapidly dissipating white head. Caramel malts, wood and grass on the nose. Very nice mouthfeel - smooth with a good level of carbonation. The taste is a symphony of caramel, honey, spices and berries, but seems to be lacking something that would push it over the edge into a masterpiece. Iím sure a few years in a cellar would work wonders for this.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
it poured out golden oarnge with a semi white head that was partially bubbly. it laced around the glass and the head fell slowly but was rather thin to start out, probally would of lasted longer if i poured it just right. the flavour is immaculate. it is malty, but very hoppy but not to bitter or to sweet, the brewmaster knew what he was doing. the aroma is that of the forest after a good rain when plants are creating pollen in the spring, very nice. the flavour is full bodied and yeasty. its piny, citrusy, sweet, and bitter, my senses are going nuts. the alcohol content is hidden beatutifully with the right choice of hops and malts, and what ever yeast they used. nothing but great things to say about this brew, and now i have one in my beer cellar for some time to age.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt orange body with a thick light head. Very bubbly. Aroma is more consistent with that of a pilsner than an ale with quite a bit of sweetness on the nose. Flavor is also a bit sweet. Very easy to drink, but that is because the flavor is not to overwhelming with just a bit of bitter flavor. Carbonation is not as noticeable on the palate as expected from the appearance.