Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1779   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (23289) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Bottle at home ... Deep copper ... sweet caramel malt nose ... aain sweet caramel .... quite rich syrupy fruity ... little spice ...little honey... but with a slight metalic hoppy after taste.

Bottle at home for the On line Mass tasting ... copper ... little sediment ... small off white head ... open sweet caramel candi suger nose ... toffee fronts ... lots of candi peel ... sweet sugered fruits ... little metalicness ... little apple yeastyness 3... little peppery hop .3

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (20648) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (20222) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (19371) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (19263) - P´Castle, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 Bottle at Bishops Arms, Skövde. Amber color, very nice lasting beige head. Malty fruity aroma, grapes, pear, sweetish, candy notes, hop notes. Hop flavor, fruity, candy, roasted notes, grapes, some citrus. Sweetish finish with candy and hops. Very drinkable and balanced. Old rating from 2004. (3,1) Amber color, but not very much head. Very bitter, a little sour. Not thin, but it could have had a little more body. Quite an ordinary ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18742) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (18052) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (17970) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (17085) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2005 Bottled
Dark copper brown. Good foamy brown head. Lots of lace. Fresh aroma of anise, salt, hops and strawberries. Taste has licorice, malts and hops. Well-balanced and good medium-bodied palate with smooth mouthfeel. Dry hoppy aftertaste. (7/4//4/15 3.7)
Bottled (BB 10/2006)
Copper brown, medium tanned head, lace. Dry oaky, hoppy aroma. Liquerish, spicey, licorice flavor with fruity hops. One of the finest examples of English Strong Ale. (7/4/8/4/16 3.9)

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