Brewed by Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 1771   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2004
Pours a beautiful reddish-brown. Good head retention. Smells of soap and nuts, but quite pleasant. A great taste of roasted rye and barley, with perhaps a bit too much bitterness for my taste. Incredibly malty, mmh...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1126) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Purchased at Greens in Atlanta... one of the few >6% I can find around here, but that will change July 1 when we get ALL of them :) Dark amber pour with a creamy eggshell white head and thick lace. Aroma is a doughy and bready. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with flavors of spice, bread, some fruit and nice hopping towards the end. Perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the finish for my taste, but crisp nonetheless. For the style, itís top notch... not necessarily my cup of tea, but that wonít influence my rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (7183) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2004
BottleHoneyish malt and soft hop aroma. Brownish amber, low carbonation, creamy brown head. Cookie malt and some burned toast flavors topped off with a jolly good portion aroma hops. Medium body, sparkling mouthfeel. Extremely satisfying brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1097) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
poured a nice rich amber with a fluffy lasting head and a lot of lacing. aroma rich choc. like godiva choc. malts, and a hint of butterscotch very nice. flavor malts, nutty, majaal dates donít know if spelling is correct,sweet spices mouth feel smooth .with some bitterness. a very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1066) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
The beer was shipped stateside in a brown bottle with attractive labeling that has an old world charm to it. There are some brief blurbs about the brewer on the back label, and a best before date (03/Jan/05 for this review bottle). Despite being clearly marked as 6.3% ABV, the beer has slipped under the radar of the beer police and is readily available in Georgia. The poured beer was deep red to amber in color with a ľ inch thick short lived head. Carbonation was medium intensity with very fine bubbles. Despite being bottle conditioned, the beer was only slightly hazy with no visible yeast sediment. The aroma was malty with the nose being dominated by oak, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. The hops are not dominant, but have a distinctive English profile to them. The malts were present in the taste as well, with notes of toffee, cherry, raisins, and a wisp of smoke. The previously invisible yeast made its presence known in the form of a dusty, cobwebby feel similar to the air in an old castle. The hops were surprisingly bitter and biting, with a peppery spiciness to them. This is the hoppiest English beer Iíve had to date. The overall taste reminded me a lot of Stone Arrogant Bastard, but was not as bold. The mouthfeel was smooth like butter and made the beer slide down easily. The only drawback in this department was a bit of watery body. This is a very nice and bold ale from the Old Country. A must try for those who can find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
Tawny brown slightly hazy body with a tan coloured head. Agree with the fruitcake aroma. Big malt flavour which is a bit too much for my liking. Some caramel and some bitterness. Alcohol was present but not offensive.It got better as it went down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
Rich malty taste, with some spicy component,a discreet taste from the hops. Nutbrown in colour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
Had just below room temperature which really helped the aromas come out. Amber colour with 1" of off-white head. Malty and spicy aroma, with hints of cinnamon and cloves. Slightly yeasty and bready aromas as well as a subtle earthiness. I get some sweetness, like molasses and brown sugar with some dried fruits as well. Flavour is slightly less complex but the dried fruit and spices are obvious as is a faint roastiness leading into a pleasantly bitter, lingering finish. Nice carbonation and good creamy mouthfeel. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Choos (738) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
All malt aroma which was very inviting. Red toward brown with a smallish head. Roasted malt notes with noticeable alcohol, I though this was a bit lacking in flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lunkie (1863) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Spicy malt aroma with golden red brown cler colour. Bitter sour short flavour wth fizzy flavour. This one is not for me.

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