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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Mild Ale
London, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Originally regular. Relegated to a principally Spring seasonal since production moved to Fullers early 2006. Has also been available bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Floor malted Maris Otter pale ale malt, black malt and Crystal malt; Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger hops.
Full-bodied premium mild ale brewed to 4.8% ABV with a careful blend of malt and hops for a complex, moreish character that has won this famous ale many awards. The palate is rich with blackcurrant, raisins and raspberry, with citrus notes in the finish.


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2002
I must have missed something with this one. The bottle said to enjoy it at room temperature. The thought of a warm ale didnít appeal to me so I drank it out of the fridge, but the tale end of the bottle was warm because it took me a while to finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
I am a fan of porters/stouts and my trusted seller recommended this dark ale. I found a wonderful dark color, tan head(could have held better), and a good taste

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2002
Pumpernickel black body with a thin tannish head. Aromas of liquorice, nuts and chocolate. Has an oily mouthfeel with a rather palate opening bitterness. Not nasty bitter, just seems to really awaken the palate. Flavors of dates, toffee and cashews(?). A sociable beer but not an everyday beer (I guess thatís why they call it Festival).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (5772) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2002
Tried it cask-conditioned. Almost completely black, a faint taste and aroma of licorice together with a light body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Cask@GBBF07, Aug 07, 3.4: Very sweet dark chocolate malts aroma. Dary ruby color, irregular beige head, fair lace. Sweet, strong dark malty flavor, rye bread, chocolate, light bitter, sticky mouthfeel. Bottle@Home, April 02, 3.8: Caramel roasted aroma. Very dark brown, large alsmost creamy head. Roasted, hopbitter, fruity - lots of hops. Medium full. Long roasted, hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2000
Very dark brown. Full of toffee and fruit flavours. One of the best.


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