CanCrusher (1084) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle 0,50L. Clear amber colour with soft visible carbonation and creamy, light brown head. Aroma of sherry and orange, cask wood and cognac. Bitter moderate start taste turns into heavy bitter aftertaste with strong chocolate note and slightly notable alcohol. Say what you want, but this is perfection for me. And everything they wrote on the back label is true! Holmen1 (6020) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2012
From bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival: a fantastic aroma of cognac and cherries. Hint of rasberries. Great mouthfeel with complexity and gentle sweetness. A five star experience! Hermod (8062) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2011
50cl bottle, nr 28341. Poured red amber with a bubbly quickly disappearing head. I get a strong puff of cognac aroma when opening the bottle. After pouring in the glass this aroma is gone, but from the snifter glass I can sense sweet fruits, orange and some sweet wine aroma. Flavor is sweet malt and dark fruits, some oak as well. Finish is slightly dry, with some alcohol warmth. Perfectly balanced, and extremely easy to drink. Not too sweet either. Smooth, maybe a bit thin reconsidering the ABV, but a top10 beer for me! planky84 (3319) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Reddish amber pour with no head. Vinous, burnt caramel, malts and treacle aromas. Very assertive nose. Orchard fruits, toffee apple and pear flavours. Sweet, fruity finish. Lovely stuff. dynamiteninja (1866) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Cask @ GBBF 2010. Thin off white head, lovely clear light brown body. Cherries, fruits, nail varnish, lacquer, marmalade, vanilla. Very sweet. Complex and satisfying beer, with a lingering sweet finish.
Theydon_Bois (19805) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Gravity Dispense at Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival 2012.
Slightly obscured dark brown with a thin off white head that soon clears to the edges.
Nose comprises caramel, dark fruits, toffee, cognac, a little wood.
Taste follows nose, the alcohol is well disguised, cognac a little more prominent in the taste.
Fuller end of medium body with very fine carbonation and a great smooth feel.
Excellent beer ! calm_dreamer (160) - GREECE - JAN 11, 2013
Very nice special ale. Color deep orange-dark red but not too much on the black side. Aroma of cognac and a hint of orange and alcohol. The foam lasts only a bit. Taste of cognac with a sweet caramel finish and a bit of alcohol too. Full body that fills the mouth and just enough CO2 to be there but not sting. Very nice beer. ReV2 (178) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 My last beer of 2011, poured with a clean head, delicious aroma similar to 2008 Vintage Ale. Cognac back taste very subtle, not as obvious as some of the whisky casked ales e.g. Innis & Gunn. Expensive at £7.50 from the brewery and perhaps not as appealing as some of the Vintage Ales I’ve had and slightly thin for 8.2% but a delightful beer to end the year. liiisa (2) - - AUG 26, 2012 does not count
Didn’t like this one much when I drank it in 2010. To sharp and boring, but now it has settled in to a fruity, fudge, really balanced flavour. Nice colour, almoste no alohol taste. BlackHaddock (7416) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
Loved this: and I don’t normally like beers that have been ’messed around with’.
Boxed 500ml bottle (# 23226) best before the end of 2013, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 30 Aug 2013 at home.
Looked great, full on amber body with a good off-white crown of lasting bubbles on top.
Fruity malt nose with a slight spicy and cognac/brandy/sherry hint.
My sweet tooth really enjoyed the maltiness and rich sherry feel the flavours had. Oaky, nutty and even fruitier towards the end of each sip, not a lot of bitterness to be found at all.
Most likely the best Fullers beer I’ve ever had: their Vintage Ales are excellent as well though.