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


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RATINGS: 1757   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Mahogany reddish colour with a tall and handsome head leaving a neat lacework. Very, nutty and fruity aromas. Dry and hoppy ale with a long, bitter aftertaste. Typical notes of nuts and caramel. Pleasant. 091001

Beerhunter111 (23277) - Beerland, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, nussig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, würzig, Karamell, nussig, alkoholisch.

Leighton (22820) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle pour from Pound and Pence. Reminded me of a light barleywine. A sweet, malty aroma gives way to a nicely balanced malt character with strong, darkly fruity notes and a touch of hop bitterness on the tail. Medium in body and nicely carbonated. Not a sessioner - unless you’re pretty hardcore. Tasty and a dynamic beer.

Rasmus40 (22171) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2011
Clear amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, dried fruit, malty, caramel and hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and quite bitter. Dry and bitter finish. Very nice. 010211

fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
Cask Conditioned
Red-amber color. Light malt aroma, they should work on it...
Great taste, powerful, unexpected; big caramel and malt character, and strong hopping. Strong and long final as well.

Theydon_Bois (21483) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2013
Bottle at home, from Tesco Ashford, 19/04/13. Pours clear copper with a good sized frothy beige head that retains well. Nose is toffee, background fruits, biscuits, malt, light spice. Taste comprises rich caramel, biscuit, background hops, light spice, brown sugar, toffee apple. Medium bodied with a bit of clout, fine carbonation, dryish finish. A decent English strong.

mcberko (19869) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
500mL bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours vibrant dark mahogany. Woodiness jumps out on the nose, with toffee, burnt caramel and English hops. Flavour matches this almost exactly with the woodiness and hops lingering on the palate. Quite decent.

saxo (19583) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with ok duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, hops, honey and caramel.

harrisoni (19552) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Bottle.Reddish brown, thick cream head. Good rich malt nose, almost oloroso sherry like, rich flavour with baked raisins and dark fruits with a spiciness that grows towards the finish. Does not drink its strength. Good beer. 848416 4.0./5.0 Re-rate at mass 1845 tasting. Good fruits, fruit peel, some bramley fruit some malt but not as much as before, some woodyness I never got before and a peppery hop finish.

Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2000
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 Attractive reddish-amber colour with a light tan head. It has a toasty aroma with a hint of caramel, yeasty earthiness and light goldings. The flavour is fairly robust, leaning towards dry malt notes like toast, as well as earthy notes which I find contributed by both the hops and yeast. It’s an earthy, woody brew with some gentle but insistent bitterness. The Fuller’s yeast comes to the fore here, more so than in any of their other beers. Good, robust ale...perhaps not as good as when I first had it (as beer 999 back in 1998) but still solid.

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