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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2388) - Chișinău, - OCT 1, 2013
BOTTLE 50CL. Head: beige, medium, frothy, poor retention. Colour: chestnut, slightly hazy. Aroma: rich malty, biscuit/cake, toffee, dried fruit, slight alcohol notes, old. Taste: relatively sweet, toffee, burnt sugar, delicate fruitiness, moderate bitterness. A „good bed-time beer”, to quote M. Jackson.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ludos68 (46) - - MAR 13, 2017
Strong ale da bel colore bruno- ramato. Aromi dominati dal malto con una nota di frutta rossa. In bocca i sapori principali sono di caramello e pane tostato. Luppolatura presente solo nel finale donando un retrogusto piacevolmente amarognolo.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (2096) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2017
0.5 L bottle. Pours clear, dark bronze color, with a small, fleeting, beige head. Toasted caramel aromas, with some smoke, syrup, plums, leather, and earth. Sweet and malty, with a sharp, sticky bitterness. Heavy body, smooth, and a little sticky. This is a malty, sticky, and aggressively hopped beer. Like a smoother and more friendly version of Arrogant Bastard.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smithld1 (254) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Spicy, treacley. Very sweet. A bit appley. It’s not too bad. Doable but no stunner. I prefer esb

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (3767) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2017
500ml bbNov2017, merci BeardedAvenger for the trade. - Tightens the gap between fruitcake-malty UK strong ale and apricot-jenever Belgian tripel. Quite fumy with sweet abv esters for 6,3%, reminds me of a boozy baby Piraat with a tad more class. Sticky apricot jam and overcooked fruitcake flavoured. Becomes quite bitter with atea leaf and walnut peel astringency midway and all the way past the final sip.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ANZUShophunter (388) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2017
From bottle in tulip. Pours hazy amber with aroma of fruitbread and (yes) nutmeg. Rich malt-driven taste with almost woody spice undertones. Quite a tasty drop.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onesimus (51) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2017
Dark amber/Copper slightly hazy with one finger of off white head Nose has loads of malt, mixed spice and herbs. Mouthfeel is lush and smooth with moderate carbonation. Upfront is malty with hints of caramel and fruit cake mixed spice, quickly giving way to those lingering hops with herbs, nettles and hint of citrus pith. It's refreshing and satisfying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (1208) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear copper colour. On the bitter side. Spice on the nose. Caramel malts. Medium body. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (1043) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma has wood, dark fruits, grass and malt. Taste is malty with long bitter and quite dry aftertaste. Flavors of dark fruits, malt, caramel, wood. Nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fackbesokare (100) - - DEC 26, 2016
Cask at fuller’s pub in London. rich full creamy body and full flavour. flowers and bread.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4553) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle At Heathrow. Dark amber, slight haze, small bubbly head. Woody, malty aroma, fruitcake. Taste gets a bit tangy and spicy, caramel, brown bread. A bit of warmth from the ABV, quite evident here after a week of gentle bitters.


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