Brewed by Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 1752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Bottle: Unfiltered. Occasionally in cask.
First brewed in 1995 for the 150th anniversary of the brewery. Winner of CAMRA Champion Bottle Conditioned Beer of Britain (1998-1999).
Ingredients: Pale Malt (mix of Pipkin, Maris Otter and Halcyon), crystal and amber malt from Simpsons. Goldings hops.
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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Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Bottle: Very matly fruity aroma, almost fruit punch-like aroma. Some caramel in the nose as well. Pours a nice transparent reddish-orange with a small tan head that has a fair amount of retention. Taste is sweet and malty, fruity, some caramel, and a little hops. Finishes with a little bitterness. Leaves a moderate sweet and very slightly bitter taste. Great balance. Very good beer.

loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2004
This beer is good, very good. Even better than Fuller’s London Pride. Everything is good about this ale from the pour to the taste long bitter finish. One of the best British ales there is.

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Amber with a thin head...smells very malty and sweet...tastes a little fruity and malty with a mild bitter finish...this is a good one folks...

jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2004
Amber color with a slight off-white head. The taste is full sweet malty with notes of caramel malts. Has some bitterness on the palate.

jefcon (1921) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Beautiful beer in a glass, it nearly glows a deep amber. Nose is not aggressive of fruit and malts. As a strong ale, you get the bite of this beer right up front, but there is complexity in the spiciness and nuttiness of the beer. It lasts on the tongue and finishes with the flavor of roasted chestnut. An excellent beer.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2004
Red orange coloured. Large beige head quickly settles down, some lacing. Caramel and roast aroma. Strong, caramel and roasty taste. Can also smell and taste chocolate in there. Creamy mouthfeel. A great, world class beer.

SilkTork (5801) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2017
Oct 2002 This is a big gun beer and delivers a massive impact. Making the most of all the ingredients Fuller’s manage to produce a beer that is more than the sum of all its parts. Intense malt, intense hops and intense alcohol all make their presence felt, yet remain at all times perfectly integrated. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape of beers. Truly world class. [3.9]
April 2004 I would agree with what I said two years ago. This is one of the best bottle conditioned ales that us Brits make which is readily available. This fills the mouth with dark flavours. Yummy. [4.1]
July 2004 A taste comparison with Young’s London and Hen’s Tooth. There are some nutty notes from the crystal malt, while the amber malt adds a biscuit flavour with instant coffee undertones. There is also some chocolate. The orange marmalade flavours come from the single hop Goldings. Overall, this was the darker, more oaky flavoured of the three with some musty aged notes. [3.5]
Jan, 2005 The stale notes in the aroma are off-putting, but the creamy chocolate, buttery sweetness, bitter twigs of the flavour, and the dark, dark chocolate in the finish are so pleasing that it’s no wonder this is the best selling bottle conditioned beer in Britain. [4.0]
July, 2007 Wow. This is enjoyable. It sometimes happens that a certain blend of malts and a certain amount of hops comes together in a manner which is very pleasant. The hop bitterness is firm and tangy, yet not aggressive. The malts have soaked up the hops so there is an exquisite marriage of sweet and bitter, wrapped in a malty coat. The strength gives a chewy, solid, serious mouthfeel, without being too thick, and certainly not tasting of crude alcohol. There are few flaws in this. It’s not a beer, however, that totally sweeps me off my feet. It’s sort of predictable and a little old fashioned. I am not a fan of Goldings, nor of Maris Otter. There are malts and hops that give a more interesting range of flavours. And I do like a beer with a touch of character or individuality which this doesn’t quite have. But it’s still a damn enjoyable ale. [4.2]
Aug, 2017 500ml dark bottle, unfiltered, from Tesco - part of a four for £6 deal. 6.3% abv. Yummy. I love this beer. Ferment some decent malts at a decent temperature, and bung in enough hops to balance but not to dominate, and you have a great tasting beer. Or, at least, a beer I really enjoy. That this is unfiltered, so the carbonation is soft and natural, and this is a recipe for success. Quibbles? Yeah - a tad too much hops for my taste. The beer is just a tad too serious - it could use a little more playfulness. There are some oxidised notes which one would normally associate with a vintage beer. They’re quite interesting, and add a depth of character, but intrude just a little too much for my taste. However, this is a fucking good beer. [4.1]

JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 23, 2004
(on bottle)There´s no doubt in this being a good beer. I just had one and the aroma is very heavy of alcohol, almonds(don´t know if that´s alwys a good thing in a beer) and real cask. In fact, it´s the first bottled beer i´ve, that can be up there with the casks. very full maltyness in the mouth and a strong alcohol kick in the end. Much alcoholpercentage for an ale at 6,3. The finish IS bitter, but there´s also traces of tabacco I should say.

henrik (48) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2004
My favourite english beer at the moment. Beautiful dark red colour. Nice aroma of alcohol, malt and something sweet (caramel?). Excellent balance between malt and hops in the flavor and with a very long warm and bitter finish. This beer is a gift to the back of my tounge!

DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 This is a great beer. Pours a beautiful deep amber with a frothy head of beige bubbles. Lace is thick and adhesive. Nose is of sweetly cooking molasses and roasty caramel apples. Smooth and soft at first, it rises into a crescendo of alcohol, hops and a tasty chocolaty flourish fusing with roasted nuts. Very, very nice.

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