sound67 (731) - Offenbach, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle, as shown.
Pours a beautiful mahogany with a medium-sized, creamy off-white head with decent retention and plenty of lacing.
Aroma is of dried fruit: raisins, some orange peel, plus caramel.
Medium carbonation and a thick, creamy and oily mouth feel that, at 8.5 % abv, should surprise no one. A full-bodied strong ale, as Iíve come to expect from Fullerís.
Taste is of sweet roasted malt, toffee, stewed dark berries, with a lot of herbal spices adding to the complexity of this brew - again with a freshening note of orange peel. Malty, full, medium dry finish and gripping, slightly boozy after taste. Very similar to the much more expensive "Vintage Ale", which seems logical if that beer is indeed based on Golden Pride (same abv, to begin with). Unlike the "Vintage" variety, itís pasteurized.
As with all the strong ales and premium esbs from Fullerís, this one is beautifully balanced, with the strong alcohol well integrated into the intricate fabric of aromas. Sweetness and malty bitterness complement each other brilliantly, If youíre searching for the perfect "fireside brew", look no further.
popiela (711) - PoznaŮ, POLAND - SEP 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, dark amber. Minimal head. Aroma is vinous, a little bit of caramel and alcohol too. Smooth, warming, nice carbonation. Taste is caramel, then herbal biterness. Nice!
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown with a small head when poured. Sugary, toffee with a slightly hoppy scent. Quite dry and only lightly carbonated. Tastes very strong with overpowering sugars and syrup, almost like a barley wine.
Dommod2011 (705) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Odd. Canít get my head round it. Smells like a no (Yep) tastes like a no (Yep again) too much alcohol, too sweet (too malty as well, like a malt beer), but then kinda works (not unpleasant but something not quite right). But a low score cause none of the parts are very good and the sum total isnít very good (Thatís what I was thinking, some people are more eloquent though). But then there is something that works (not me, I have done bugger all today) How does that work? (Hid in my office, but it was too cold so I sat in the staff room and pretended to be busy) Definitely in the barley wine realm of beer. Joke time.... when is a wine actually a beer? When itís a barley wine. (He is actually pretty funny but this is scraping the bottom) Youíre right, iíll ignore stand-up. (Call yourself a teacher? Capital I please. ) Definitely for the best. Though I am funny, honest. (I would agree) Only problem is that in my old job I was pretty sure I was the funniest person that worked there (what about the Lox?) no longer true.... though Iím not sure all staff would agree. Theyíd be wrong if they didnít. (Correct)
agent_persik (701) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clean dark amber color, small beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, dried fruits, nuts, honey, spicy hops. Sweet and mildly bitter taste with hoppy finish and sweet malty aftertaste. Medium body and average carbonation. Quite good English strong ale.
MarcinG (700) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Butelka 500 ml. Ciemno rubinowy kolor. Ciemna herbata. O bialej lekko palonej sredniej pianie. Aromat karmelu i slodow lekko alkoholowy. Caly zapach bardzo nikly.Slodkawy posmak z alkoholowa nuta karmel cukry sliwki. Piwo niezle ale bardzo podobne do innych na rynku.
andriesradu (695) - ROMANIA - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a nice head. Aroma is sweet fruity, malty, caramel alcool can be felt. Flavour is sweet, some apple, very strong with some bitterness. Alchool is a bit to strong
ERB92 (692) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel, bread, dried fruits, brown sugar, grains and grass in the aroma. Amber with a white head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with a soft carbonation. Overall a rich flavoured and well balanced brew with some warming alcohol in the finish.
pityu (681) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Clear light amber colour, medium and persistent off-white head. Sweet malty aromas with fruity notes. Taste is sweet malty with some cookies, bread and caramel, touch of honey, gentle herbal bitterness. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, oily mouthfeel, rich malty and fruity finish with some alcoholic tone. Great strong ale.
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A copper color beer with a small white head. Aroma is sweety, malty and alcohol. Taste is also sweety and malty, notes of caramel, sugarand dry fruits. Dry and bitter end. A little bit too alcoholic of the style