Brewed by Fuller’s
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 ’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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReV2 (175) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, - DEC 30, 2012
I first tasted this beer in 1995, or was it 1845? Can’t remember but it was long ago. I didn’t care much for the aftertaste at the time, coarse hops and very bitter. Jump on several years and the local supermarket has an offer on too good to miss. Bottle conditioned, 6.3%, Fuller’s - ticks all he right boxes so I thought I’d give it another try. Well, what a beer, glorious! Real ale in a bottle. Massive fruit & malt, perfectly balanced, some citrus, yeast & burnt toffee. There’s something about the aftertaste I’m not liking still but this dissipates slightly the older it gets. Nevertheless, this is an amazing brew by today’s standards and one I can’t imagine being without for so long ever again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ANZUShophunter (381) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2017
From bottle in tulip. Pours hazy amber with aroma of fruitbread and (yes) nutmeg. Rich malt-driven taste with almost woody spice undertones. Quite a tasty drop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onesimus (40) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2017
Dark amber/Copper slightly hazy with one finger of off white head Nose has loads of malt, mixed spice and herbs. Mouthfeel is lush and smooth with moderate carbonation. Upfront is malty with hints of caramel and fruit cake mixed spice, quickly giving way to those lingering hops with herbs, nettles and hint of citrus pith. It's refreshing and satisfying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (1169) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear copper colour. On the bitter side. Spice on the nose. Caramel malts. Medium body. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (1018) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma has wood, dark fruits, grass and malt. Taste is malty with long bitter and quite dry aftertaste. Flavors of dark fruits, malt, caramel, wood. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fackbesokare (100) - - DEC 26, 2016
Cask at fuller’s pub in London. rich full creamy body and full flavour. flowers and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4438) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle At Heathrow. Dark amber, slight haze, small bubbly head. Woody, malty aroma, fruitcake. Taste gets a bit tangy and spicy, caramel, brown bread. A bit of warmth from the ABV, quite evident here after a week of gentle bitters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Echon (445) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2016
Red. Fruity esters and caramel malt unfold in this pretty and harmonious strong ale. The full and sweet (but balanced) taste ends with a solidly bitter and slightly hoppy finish. Full body. Overall, a great english strong ale. Tasty and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (2368) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
Some chalk, little iron, little sweetness, very British. Love it that they call this 6.3 percent beer a strong ale. Gift from uckelman

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikokaoja (118) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - NOV 22, 2016
22. 11. 2016, Ljubljana. Bottled (of course). Very large and resiliant amber head. Silky mouthful with sharp, distinguishable aromas. Many flavours combined. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (3081) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2016
Flaska från Systembolaget Hansa. Så här ska en öl se ut. Ett fantastiskt gräddigt smutsvitt skum som ligger likt en gräddbulle ovanpå drycken, som är mörkt bärnstensfärgad. Väldigt snyggt. Dofter av rågbröd, nöt, malt och toffee. Smakinslag av nöt, karamell, citrus och druvor. Lätt syrlighet i avslutningen.

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