MaltmasterRA (5) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: APR 20, 2019 Fruitcake sweet aroma, wonderful biscuity malt flavours, with sweet raisin. Slightly spicy hop finish. futre7 (303) - Taipei, TAIWAN - APR 13, 2019
UPDATED: APR 13, 2019 Jason's at 101 Taipei. Bottle. Deep amber with a thin cream foamed head that lasts. The nose is fruit cake.....By that I mean dark fruit and Christmas cake. As with these style of beers drinking ice cold is not recommended. I get malt, dark fruits, nuts and such a dark satisfying yeasty bread flavour. The warmer it got ( I had it chilled) the more the flavour improved. This is up there with the other top Fullers beers. Very good....and despite the ABV, not boozy at all. BrewRespek43 (7) - - MAR 16, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2019 From bottle, various tastes.
Dark amber with small light beige head.
Aroma is is bready and yeasty.
Tastes very malty, somehow it gives huge amounts of crystal malt flavours without overpowering sweetness. When kept for a couple of months or more it does mellow some of the 'fruitcake' flavours. Surprisingly hoppy finish, rather bitter but the English hops balance the huge maltiness nicely. For a beer of this ABV it delivers flavours few others in its class can match. A really special beer. tgrtnr (815) - Germering b München, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2019 500 ml bottle. Murky brown, fluffy head. Maple syrup, pine honey, grapefruit, herbal notes, metallic notes, toffee, nuts. Malty sweetness, dry metallic bitterness. Full bodied, oily slick texture, low to soft carbonated, dry malty finish. Good! coil (413) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2019 500ml bottle. Dark amber colour with off-white head. Big sweet malt, metallic, peach, light orange peel, brown bready, metallic stone fruit, light molasses, brown sugar, light booze, mandarin, apricot, light dark fruit, light nutty, toffee, orange pith, iron. Dry finish. Too metallic, otherwise nice, didn't enjoy it as much as most people on rb as usual with me and Fuller's beers.
laand78 (215) - Tibro, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2019
Bottle from Systembolaget. Color is brown with a medium brown head. Taste is brown bread and hops. Nice and sweet aftertaste
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UPDATED: FEB 24, 2019 Bottle from Waitrose. Dark amber appearance with foamy white head. Aroma is malty and roasted, hints of wood and nuts. Flavour is roasted, bitter and dried fruits. bdleedahl (1496) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 16, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2019 Thhis is the prototypical english ale that all others should be based on. It’s not my favourite style, but it is a malt forward beer. I imagine that fresh it would be a full step higher in quality. D &s dresden cmacklin (1929) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2019 500ml bottle. Pours a clear red-copper with a medium, creamy, long lasting, beige head that leaves curtains of lace. Sweet aroma of toasted caramel malt, toffee, bread, raisin, fig, dried red apple, honey and nuts. Sweet flavour of toasted caramel malt, bread, raisin, honey, nuts, metal, ash and light spice with a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Medium body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent, a world class ESA. PubTun33 (53) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2019 500ml glass bottle, best before 01.09.2020. Had been in fridge for around 30mins before being poured into a pint glass. Seems like the appropriate choice of drink for an evening it’s -1 and snowing outside.
The beer pours a rich mahogany colour with one finger of tanned pillowy head. The head reduces to a thin layer which leaves inconsistent lacing.
Carbonation appears minimal.
The aroma is very malty, slight alcohol presence, dark dried fruit.
The taste in the mouth is actually a bit undetermined considering the aroma. Malty. Dried dark fruit. Very easy to understand why the commercial description and many reviews mention fruit cake.
The aftertaste is roasted malts with burnt bread at the back of the palate. The mouth is left dry like after drinking a fortified wine. With lots of alcohol warmth.
Good for a cold winter night. But feels as if it would be too boozey for the rest of year when you consider that some of the stronger Trappist ales can easily be enjoyed at the height of summer.