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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
bhensonb (16131) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
The beer was 17 months past date. Dark amber color, no ruby hints. The aroma was malty, but perhaps a bit dusty. It’s heading towards Old Peculier, but lacks the plummy notes. Small bubbles bite; toasty malty finish. Nice level of hoppy bitterness. If memory serves, this is a bit smoother than some, so the extra months may have mellowed it somewhat. Spice notes arrived half through the glass. Always a pleasure.

3.8
MiP (16083) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle, 6.3%. Dark brown colour, stable light brown head. Creamy mouthfeel. The flavour is quite malty and slightly peppery in a good balance. The bitterness gets a bit rough, but on the whole a very nice beer.

3.8
Borup (16055) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle. Reddish brown with a creamy head. Aroma and flavour of malt, hops, spice and fruit.

3.4
Ratman197 (15758) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle poured a hazy dark copper with an amber head. Aroma was gingerbread, spices, and molasses. Palate is dry. Flavors of bread and spices with a hint of fruitiness. Definatly has a dry fruity finish.

4.3
imdownthepub (15652) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2003
Bottle Conditioned, 2 years. Rich dark amber with thin head. Fruit, malt and port on the nose follows with a rich fruity body and quick drying hops. Great condition, lovely and smooth.

3.4
gunnfryd (15645) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, hop, fruit. Flavour is sweet, hop, fruit, alcohol, malt. Nice bitter finish.

3.6
Stuu666 (15530) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours ruby, nose is sweet toffee,caramel, taste is peppery, sweet, berries.

3.1
DSG (15519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Re-rate 11/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at Naama’s place. Thanks Vova. Best before 4/10. Aroma is malty, oxidized, with lots of dark chocolate, nuts and some fruitiness. Sweet oxidized flavor with malt, chocolate, a bit of caramel, nutty notes, a touch of cardboard and some fruitiness. Medium-bodied. Decent. 7/3/6/3/13=3.2

Re-rate 11/7/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks tomer. Malt, caramel, honey, fruits, a bit of graininess and a bit of hops. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6

Re-rate 7/24/11: Bottle sample at a Fuller’s tasting at Porter & Sons. Deep red-amber with a beige head. Aroma of lots of malt, caramel and fruits. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, honey, some toastiness, fruits and a drier finish with some slightly earthy bitter hoppiness and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied. 6/4/6/3/12=3.1

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks zvikar! Deep red-ruby color with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, light smoke hints and earthy hop notes. Sweet and malty flavor with biscuits, some fruity notes and a bitter finish with nice British earthy hops. Medium-bodied. 6/4/7/3/14=3.4

3.7
Tmoney99 (15224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle 18.6 oz. Amber/brown color with large light brown head. Full aroma with malt and sweet tone. Medium to full body and creamy texture. Good flavor of malt, spies and a small bitter finish.

3.5
kermis (15161) - The Hague / Amsterdam / Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle shared. Pours clear amber brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, toffee and raisins. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Fairly full bodied with soft carbonation.


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