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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

bottled
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RATINGS: 1774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 ’a rich beer with a fruit cake aroma, spices and nutmeg from malt and hops resulting in a dry, fruity finish’.

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Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
Took me awhile to rate this since I find it hard to describe. Pours nice reddish orange with bigg fluffy head that soon dissapears but leaves some lacing behind. Has a really unique and lively mouthfeel. Taste is malty, hoppy, sweet and nice touch of bitterness. I’d have to think this is one of Britain’s best beers.

3.3
eloid (9) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
Amber ale with a lot of orange-citrus notes. Medium body, still this orange flavour that finishes a little thin. The alcohol comes out a little unbalanced here, still an o.k. beer.

3.5
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2005
Classic strong ale from one of England’s consistently great brewers. It poured a ruby colour with a decent tan head. Good lacing around the glass. The nose is big and wine-like, with faint notes of lemon sherbet and dark chocolate. The palate is creamy, medium-bodied. The dominant flavours are chocolate and licorice. In fact, this reminds me of a British candy called Victory Vs - the black licorice ones. Wow, I’m having a real Proustian moment here - suddenly I’m 12 again. Haven’t seen those candies for years. No idea if they still exist. Huge toasted malt flavours before a fairly fierce, tart finish. Very smooth until that puckering bitter finish. A remarkable ale but I favour the ESB and London Pride. (Bottle)

3.5
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours a burnt orange with a small fluffy head. Bready malt aroma with a nutmeg and floral hops addition. Flavor is sweet malt and moves to a good bitter and malty sweet mixture with an addition of spices. Dry bitter finish.

4.2
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
dark red/brown, off white head. aroma is a mix of dried fruit and hard candy with malt, toasted bread and a whif of alcohol. flavour is sweet, buttery and round with loads of malt but very balanced at the same time. hint of vanilla in the finish. quite nice.

3.6
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Yummmmmm... sweet, slick, and smooth down the throat. This is a treat for any lover of good English beer.

3.5
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
Aroma:Malt and caramel,hops Appearance:Dark amber good head Flavor:Caramel,malt sweet The palate are very good.

4
Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 6, 2005
Tan tending to vibrant caramel. Textbook strong ale nose; deep malty notes with some complexity. Great flavour and mouthfeel; not as heavy as the bouquet would suggest. Malt flavours are very classy and again show good complexity. Roasted and chocolate notes drive the palate. Very good.

3.7
IndianaRed (4617) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle Pours a medium dark redish amber with a decent light tan head. Aromas of aples, caramel, figs and raisons are very nice. Flavors are more of the toasted malt, smokey flavor. Fairly astringent and bitter witha moderately heavey feel. BItter woody aftertaste. Nice

3.4
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
1/2/05. Poured out of 500 mL bottle, obtained in SecretSanta exchange on RateBeer 12/14/04. Lightly hazy caramel red-orange in color with a fluffy, somewhat rocky, nicely lasting cream-tan head good lacing with excellent stickiness. Somewhat mild aroma, sweet and malty like an amber ale or a sweet bock, lightly lagery character, hints of wood, dried fig and green raisin, and faint bitterness. Taste has something like a lager yeast, fruitcake, touches of roasted amber malt and toast, forward hoppy bitterness. A bit too simple, but it’s got a nice, refreshing crispness. Medium-thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel with very long carbonation lending a fluffy texture to match the peppery dirty bitterness. Long and lean finish, growing in resonance with a nice dryness. Even though it’s not that high in alcohol, it’s a bit harsh. I don’t think it’s even the alcohol lending that harshness, but the hop/malt combo. I’m really not a fan of the prominent bitterness in this beer, but I can tell it’s obviously a well-crafted brew nonetheless. A "respect" beer moreso than a "like" one.


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