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!
sound67 (223) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
50cl dark brown bottle, as shown. 2007 vintage, tasted and reviewed in Oct, 2009. Bottle No. 55926.
Vintage, bottle-conditioned ale pours a beautiful, slightly hazy copper and a medium, soapy beige head with decent lacing. Pretty intense aroma of ripe plums, coupled with noticeable hops and an orange-peel edge.
Heavy-bodied ale, with low carbonation and creamy (but not thick) mouth feel. Stewed dark fruit dominate the taste at first, with a strong but beautifully integrated note of malty alcohol for additional "gravitas".
Sweet and bitter notes continue to vie for your attention as the beer goes down; finish is dry, hoppy - with a lingering, complex sweet-and-bitter after taste.
Fullers have done it again: Itís a pricey brew (at almost 8.00 euros per bottle), but a rich and rewarding one. How could a strong ale possibly be better balanced and smoother than this? Great beer that drinks like a great wine.
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.