Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Mainly available bottled (bottle conditioned). Occasionally in cask.
Ingredients: Pale Malt (mix of Pipkin, Maris Otter and Halcyon), crystal and amber malt from Simpsons. Goldings hops.
First brewed in 1995 for the 150th anniversary of the brewery.
Winner of CAMRA Champion Bottle Conditioned Beer of Britain (1998-1999). Described by Roger Protz as ía rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finishí.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle. Clear mahogany with a lingering white head. Caramel nose. Taste is bread and raisons, caramel and hops. Crisp finish. Nice. Would make an excellent session beer if sold in sixpacks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Slightly hazy dark cedar pour supporting a sizable and long lasting dusty head. Toasty, bready, yeasty & slightly hoppy aroma. Very pleasing and extremely well-balanced flavor. Mildly sweet citrus, toasted malt, coffee & caramel with some hop bitterness. Refreshing and dry finish with some more bittenress and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Cheers to Old England for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 10, 2005 Color, nice dark amber color. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy. At first, the mouthfeel is refreshing, but then the bitterness comes. As for taste, I get citrus, and spice. Reminds me of pumpkin pie for some reason. Excellent beer and worth the money I paid for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 Hoppy aroma witha sharp but not unpleasant overtone. Bitter, dry, clean with a surprisingly soft finish. This beer starts off with interesting and mixed flavors and becomes more well balanced as it drinks. Though I enjoyed it from the first taste, my rating kept rising as I continued. [$3.29/18oz]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwik-lime (1852) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2005
Pours deep red/mahogany colour. Head is not very big but it lasts beautifully throughout the pind leaving nice lacing. Aroma is excellent, strong and malty with raisin and oak. Taste is a nice bitter hoppiness with roasty oak flavours and a touch of spices and alcohol. Full bodied and nicely carbonated, this another very good beer from Fullers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Dark copper body, tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, some notes of berries and a bit of spiciness. Flavor is finely carbonated, some dry bitter hoppiness, floral and somewhat citrusy. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Autumn brown color with nice creamy head. Nice mix of friuts, hops, and a mild malts. Sweet and spicy too. Left with a bitter taste and a little clove.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2005
Damn, this is a great beer. Itís a fantastic rich, chewy beer that tastes kind of like caramel sponge cake in a glass. It is quite sweet, but countered with a hint of hops. Smooth, delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2005
Dry caramel aroma. Dark red color, lasting white head. Lace in glass. Medium to full bodied. Very dry and roasted flavor, dryness lasts with nice roasted tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Looks stunning - deep amber red/mahogany with a rich, creamy, slightly stained head. Smells of figs and treacle. Very smooth mouthfeel. Slightly sharp alcohol in the finish. Very nice, but not quite as all round satisfying as its stablemate ESB. RERATE: Actually, I like it better than the ESB now - itís grown on me. So Iíve upped it a couple of points.

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