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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1770   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 ’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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (13193) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Red copper ale with no head. Candy and woody aroma with light hops. Nice nutty malt and nice hops. Good bodied. Excellent British offering . (Sept. 2004)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1802) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 beautiful ruby red body with a small white head.sutble aromas of carmel,malts,and brandy.very well balanced flavors overall as well.including carmel,malts,and some hops twards the end.very good sippin’ beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
Gorgeous dark amber with a tall light beige frothy head. Light malty aroma. The hops do come though in the finish. Not a bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2004
1 pt. 2.6 fl. oz. (Best before: 19 OCT 2005, sampled 4 DEC 2004): hazed copper, with a modest tan foam that leaves sticky lacing all over the pint glass…Sticky alcohol aroma; noticeable sugar coated raisins, toasted grain, mild black pepper, burnt sugar and wet hop flowers. Nicely carbonated as evidenced by the tingling across the tongue and the very retentive cream. Slightly (surprising for me) spicy palate, with flavours ranging from a nicely striking bitterness up front to the long dry finish full of toffee, mashed red apples, hints of orange zest, and sticky honey. This one has breadth and depth. A great range of hop and malt flavour and a depth and complexity few can boast. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this one out of a beer engine?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9592) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
Lingering green hoppiness happily married to the earth they own...Apricots and tiny berries grow sparsely on their sweet land in order to diversify the subtle perfumes roaming about...Full yet quenching, subtle and complex, a union of great passion, peace and compromise...Thanks Stephen!!...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle conditioned from Sainsbury’s. Dark red/amber. Aroma of autumn fruits, toast, spices. Good firm chewy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Garnet body with tan head. Very malty nose, caramel. A full feel in the mouth. Robust. You know you’re drinking something. The flavor is malt, nice sweet maltiness. I don’t get the "fruit cake" promised, and I’m one of those people who actually likes fruit cake. But this is a good English ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle. Red/brown with hardly any head. Full, rich, heavy fruity body balanced by some hops at the finish. A bit too gassy and heavy for me. I will lay some bottles down to see if they improve with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
Caramel malt aroma with plenty of spicy, citrusy, earthy hops and lots of raisin-like fruity esters. Clear amber-brown with immense and lasting, pillowy, tan head. Chocolate caramel flavour with a wonderful, crisp bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Alcohol never apparent. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
A very rich and smooth beer. I really enjoyed this. All of the flavors are enjoyable and unoffensive. A very well round, drinkable beer. Fullers has yet to let me down.

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