Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1784   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Amber, Ruby color liquid. Nice eggshell head. Fullerís hasnít disappointed either. Not bad. Good malt and hops. A little watery in comparison to Boulevard Nutcracker. The best of this category Iíve had. Smooth drinkable. Fullerís doesnít disappoint on this review. Solid Beer. Not as potent as I would expect from an English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown amber body with loose beige head. Nose is woody with a caramel flavor. The taste is slightly bitter with a light alcohol bite. The overall flavor is very woody and nutty. The finish is very smooth with just a little hint of wood. This may be the worlds bet session beer. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2004
500ml brown bottle, 6.3%v/v. Poured a clear red amber body with a frothy golden brown head. Spicy aroma with hops coming through at the end.Spicy treacle rich fruity flavour with nice malt/hop balance. OK mouthfeel. Long fruity somewhat bitter finish. I bought four to get a free high quality limited edition bottle opener and I realised that this excellent beer hints at the flavours of Vintage Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2004
Pretty good beer. Very dark red/brown appearance, with a thick light tan head. Strong alcohol, roasted aroma. Taste was rich, but a little too bitter. Not too overpowering. A little bit an ASA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2004
The rep that sampled this told me this was Fullers Vintage Ale that wasnít matured yet. That may or may not be true, but I do know enough that I liked this stuff. Although young, it still had a nice hop characteristic that was noticeable. I also noted chocolate and sweet toffee. Light bitterness with was also there but somehow not balanced yet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2004
bottled from207th street warehouse Color is reddish/lightbrownwith a small head, tase is slight malt with fruit notes. crisp hoppy aftertaste, a good one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
This was somewhat subdued smelling, weak hops and some roasty, sweet malt. Head that lasted, dark toffee color. Taste starts out mouth filling and sweet but fades into a flattish semi-dry finish with a chalky aftertaste. Malts are bridging the gap between light and dark, with both raisin and honey notes. Decent, but...meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Amber/red color with a medium tan head that quickly dissipated. Aroma of roasted malt, hops(Goldings?) and a sort of gingerbread smell. Flavors of roasted malt, molasses, nuts with the bitterness of the hops finishing it off nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2196) - Montana, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Bottle. pours a hazy brown with a thick tan head. inviting aroma of malt. flavor is a bold chocolate malt that is great. finish leaves a chocolate raisin and cookie flavor. i will buy more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2004
Hmmm.... this is a beer which I have never thought much of, yet I have heard so many people tell me how great it is, and itís one of the highest rated beers available in these parts. Again I was relatively unimpressed. Pours a beautiful deep red colour with a nice, lacey, yellow head. Aroma is quite buttery with biscuits (or maybe fresh scones with butter - mmmm) with some fruitiness in the back and some nice enough maltiness. Tastes malty, but not really that malty. I appreciate the fact that itís not sickly sweet like a lot of English strong ales but this needs something else to make it interesting. Definite biscuity flavour (amber malt?) with a relatively strong bitterness. Nice smooth body, relatively low carbonation. I would say that I think this beer does the little things quite well - nice complexity, very nice body etc. - but doesnít really do the big things well enough to get me excited.

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