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


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RATINGS: 1759   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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chrisv10 (18845) - DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
50 cl bottle. Clear dark amber body with tan head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit and hops.

rlgk (18843) - 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.

TBone (18755) - 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)

jtclockwork (17771) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Nice reddish orange pour with white head. Nose is raisins and plum. Taste is very nice malts, spiced hops, toffee, caramel and plum. Rated 11/17/2000

FatPhil (17513) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Rating is a composite of both a bottle and a cask rating. (However, both scored the same total.)
Cask (Kuikka, Helsinki)
Served cold, needed a long cuddle to warm it up. Very deep reddy brown, small tight persistent head. Sweet fruity malts, even when its cold, plums and raisins. Soft in the mouth, some tang of bitterness hits the side of the tongue very quickly. Soon after that, a winey aroma goes up the nose. On swallowing, a huge wave of nutty and roast malts fills the mouth. Dark resinous sticky hops bitter up the mouth and leave a lovely long dry bitter finish. Incredible brew.

Rerate of 8-4-9-4-16=4.1
500ml Bottle.
Classic English Strong Ale - delicious. Rich nutty brown colour, wonderfully soft but full fruity and spicy aroma. Caramel, cake, nutmeg, and berry fruits provide the base for the sweetness in the taste, but there’s a full well-balanced hoppy and oakey taste to cut through the sweetness, and provide the long finish. One is never enough.

yngwie (17379) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2007
Bottle. Clear, copper-red beer with a beige head. Malt, beef-stock, alcohol, dried fruits and some fruityness and hops on the nose. Beef-stock, malt, alcohol and dried fruits in the flavor. Full, sweet body and a long, quite bitter finish. Surprisingly full, sweet and strong (alcohol) for a 6.3% beer. Could maybe be cellared a bit longer. (070404)

Benzai (17000) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Shared with Dutchdrebus. Nice dark red color, average sized off-white head. Smell lightly sweet and malts. Taste bitter, malts, some sweetness. Decent carbo, medium body.

Dedollewaitor (16633) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
bottle. dark brown wit little white head. malts spicy - roasted caramel and hops. creamy soft mouthfeel. lasting fine bitter finish, little harsh/rough. body is solid! great one from fullers!

Scopey (16562) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle at the Spread Eagle, Croydon. It pours a mahogany colour with low carbonation, medium body and a thin beige head. The nose is wood polish, caramel, winter spice, nut and dried fruit. The taste is oak, astringent tang, varnish, fig, plump boozy sultana, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, toffee and burnt sugar leading to a smooth light bitter finish. It’s an enjoyable and complex strong English ale.

djd07 (16465) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy dark tan color with a medium light tan head. The aroma is a strong roasted malt and caramel. The taste is a watery malt with a good finish. Very easy to drink enjoyed this one.

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