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 I’ve come to expect from Fuller’s.
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, it’s pasteurized.
As with all the strong ales and premium esbs from Fuller’s, 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 you’re searching for the perfect "fireside brew", look no further.
thearmi (31) - Riga, LATVIA - JUL 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A sweet aroma with a hint of caramel, roast. A bit of alcohol can be felt as well as some woodiness. Quite sweet with a very little bitterness. Full bodied and rather strong. A nice beer for cold winter evenings.
Bov (12623) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
light hazy ruby colour with a nice creamy head, beautiful lacing, strong hoppy aroma showing red fruits, honey, flowers and cream, full-bodied and oily, very malty and smooth, robust bitterness before a long, dry and warming hoppy finish - a wonderful brew with lot of character - big thank you to fiulijn for this one
SudsMcDuff (8319) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
fruity chocolate smell...good proud head...and the lacing’s premiere...sweet delicious taste...powerful yet controlled...bold yet subtle...fruity yet manly..very nice brew...A+... bought at the bierkonig in Amsterdam, the winner of the lot.
Nisse666 (7128) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UTS: Oxiderad koppar , krämigt skum, persiko färgat skum
Smak: alkoholen dols skickligt bakom den fylliga maltigheten, Perfekt ale. Leta genast upp den ale på tapp.
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Sensei_Tohru (32) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A clear red/amber with small head. Aroma is a lovely mix of bread and a floral tang - a great sniff! With the taste, the bitterness comes through more than the sweet malt, but work together well and are both present in the finish. The body is quite light, but not watery and carbonation is present. Overall I would say this is a well balanced and wonderfully tasty brew.
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Dickens. Massive beer. Aromas of dough, caramel, hints of alcohol and flowers. Taste is sweet, with light sour and bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.
Trappis**d (34) - Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yum! Fruity raisin aroma, liquid gold a triumph from Fullers, tastes of steeped fruits, prunes, hoppy and rich , full bodied, great for an autumn day or by a roaring log fire at Christmas time, not easy to find so if you see it buy it.
MohaBeer (271) - Lima, PERU - SEP 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cobrizo intenso con transparencia, buena espuma baja retención. Licoroso alto sin ser invasivo, presenta ligero metálico, fenólicos (vanilla), malta maltoso caramelo moderado, lúpulo herbal-terroso moderado bajo. En boca tibieza alcohólica alta, lúpulo terroso alto, amargor alto sin astringencia, malta maltoso caramelo moderado, ésteres a frutos secos y fenoles (vainilla y picor suave). Final maltoso y con amargo de lúpulo en balance sin astringencia, prolongado, gran cerveza.
drmet (935) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
-pours a clear copper-red with a medium,quickly dissipating,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,plums,raisins,figs,st the nose
-medium-full body,low-medium carbonation
-noticable alcohol,but not boozy
Great Strong Ale.
This is basically a beefed-up 1845 ale