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


on tap

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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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Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle (presant from Mikkel) in train (x2000) going to Stockholm for the Beer & Whiskey Festival, shopping and visiting good beerbars (Akkurat). Clear red/brown - offwhite head. High malty, raisins, barley, berries, red berries, cookies, high sweetness, Caramel, sweet malty. Far too sweet. Dry hoppy finish.

HenrikSoegaard (14762) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Orange amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Grassy notes. Light sweet moderate bitter flavor with nice caramellic notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

BeerandBlues2 (14422) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a large, frothy and bubbly beige head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toast), average hops (earthy, spicy, woody), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of plum. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toast), average hops (earthy, spicy, woody), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of plum. Medium-full body, medium warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry finish.

Dogbrick (14391) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2002
Crazy thick head. Tart, syrupy taste similar to Arrogant Bastard but with less bite. Sweet aroma. Very good!

Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 16.9 ounce bottle from WIne Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear red color with a large frothy head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of grain, nuts, caramel and tart fruit notes. Taste is bitter hops, caramel, grain, nuts. Medium bodied.

Lubiere (14352) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Red copper ale with no head. Candy and woody aroma with light hops. Nice nutty malt and nice hops. Good bodied. Excellent British offering . (Sept. 2004)

mR_fr0g (14255) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
Bottle at home from Saintsbury’s. Aroma is nice dried fruits, raisin, nutty malts, with some mineral and co2. Dark amber copper colour with a lasting dense cream coloured cap. Flavour is composed of rich fruit cake, unrefined sugars and hint of roast in the finish. Very smooth and drinkable for the abv. Palate is full and rich with moderate carbonation. Woody bitterness lingers. Very tasty.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Great pour, with decent head atop a lovely amber liquid. Delicious malty aroma. The caramel malts delight the taste buds, and hints of coffee and mild alcohol undertones complete the beer. Very rich, stays comfortably on the tongue.

Christian (14071) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2005
What a colour! Dark red brown with a big but quickly disappearing head, leaving some lacing. Lemon/orange aroma with some malt and some chocolate. Lots of hops in the flavour, dry and with a sharp aftertaste. I’m loving it!

Rune (14065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2006
500ml bottle conditioned ale bought at the great St Albans Beer Festival 2005 (going back there this year). The beer has a deep mahogany colour topped with a medium lasting off-white, thick head. Inviting sweet aroma of caramel malt. Full bodied. Rich flavours of dried fruit, hops and roasted malt. Solid bitterness in a lingering aftertaste. Very tasty after more than nine months in the cellar.

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