neongolden (1649) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 500ml bottle from the LCBO, served ~15C in a Duvel tulip. Aroma: Sweet, grainy malt, candied orange, dusty grass. Appearance: bright copper, clear with an inch of creamy head that lingered and left lacing. Moderate mouthfeel, a little oily. Initially sweet malts, orange, grains, a bit of hop bitterness and some alcohol. Mix of moderate sweetness and bitterness with additional drying from alcohol. Doesn’t really hide its strength much. Nicely balanced beer, not as unctuous as an old ale/barleywine style. Could be a little bigger in flavour but would make a nice strong ale for an early fall evening. thb (829) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a bubbly clear bronze with nice lingering head buildup. Aromas of caramel, candied fruits (especially orange). Taste is big, fruity, and spicy. Balanced between hefty bitterness and sweetness throughout. Real peppery character comes through in the finish. Alcohol is hidden in the background turning up the volume. Lovely. GRM (4052) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
Brown bottle, 500 ml, purchased at the LCBO, best before 16 JUL 12, savoured January 3 2012; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, beige head that falls and turns into a thin sheet, nice lacing; nose: malt, dusty, alcohol, light hops, caramel; mouth: malt, dusty, alcohol, caramel, slight hops, light orange, finale in malt with presence of alcohol, medium body, below-average carbonation, slightly bitter, lightly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 500 ml, achetée à la LCBO, meilleure avant 16 JUL 12, savourée le 3 janvier 2012; œil : cuivrée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, mousse beige qui tombe et se transforme en une mince couverture, bonne dentelle; nez :malt, poussière, alcool, léger houblon, caramel; bouche : malt, poussière, alcool, caramel, très léger houblon, léger orange, finale en malt avec présence d’alcool, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, très légèrement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien rozsoma (1023) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - DEC 30, 2011
Nice amber fizzy colour, small white frothy head. Malty aroma, soft carbonation, sweet flavour, minimal bitterness. Dry but refreshing. cpacamper (4) - - DEC 29, 2011 does not count
Nice head, floral, grass, herbs scent. Nicely balanced taste, not too sweet or bitter. Perfectly bitter aftertaste. What a great beer.
cfrancis (3456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
God damn do Fullers make just incredibly quaffable beer. Pours just an incredible dark amber with a perfect frothy off white head. Just how a beer is supposed to look. Aroma is slightly subdued but mostly malt with a hint of english hop. Taste has good body, great malt profile and a little bitterness. Slightly sweet but overall very drinkable and very enjoyable. Metalchopz (3391) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
The LCBO got a bunch of different Fuller’s this Christmas, and this is one of them. Pours a deep amber colour with a big creamy beige head, great retention and foamy lacing all-around. Big nose of bread, caramel, dark fruits with hints of molasses and citrusy hops. Seems like a warming mouthfeel at first, but really just goes through in a wet fashion. No burning, wondering were the alcohol’s at ?? The taste is a bit bitter with lots of grain, reminding me or rye, with notes of raisins, orange zest, plums, brown sugar and the grain coming back, lingering in the aftertaste. Not bad at all and too easy to drink. Really, where is the 8.5% ABV ? fredthecat (328) - CANADA - DEC 20, 2011
medium amber with a thin but lasting head. smell is a bit of alcohol, a lot of grain. i taste a full base grain maltiness, medium caramel taste but dry, nice fruity hops ranging from orange to melon. feels carefully put together and complex. thick and slick body. would definitely get it again Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2011
Dark brownish orange, small silky orange tinted white head. Nice sweet malt and fruit aroma. taste is excellent - sweet, citrus, biscuit, lots of hops in finish. Very smooth silky mouthfeel. Dangerously easy to drink. Wow, an eye opener, maybe my favourite yet from this masters series we have on our shelves this Holiday season. Johnsense (1676) - - DEC 13, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Pours deep amber. 2 fingers of puffy white head. Good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, floral, dried fruits. Taste of Caramel/bready malts followed by a blast of floral hops. Dried fruits (Raisin) as well as a slight bit of leather. Medium bodied, lower carbonation, very drinkable.