Andy99 (15) - ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2002
The strongest English beer I’ve had. Pretty heavy going but bloody good!! Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Original Rating: My least favourite Fuller’s beer. Far too strong, and really sweet. (1.2/5)
Rerating: Years on, I have now developed a taste for bigger beers. Prickly on the tongue, some fruit and plenty of malt. It’s doesn’t seem great, but it’s not as bad as I once thought.
Rerating: Tried it again, it’s not great and it has a certain boiled taste, but it’s nice and fruity and easy to drink. Tasty. fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2011
2012-11-08, draught at Locus Publicus, Rotterdam, 7-5-6-3-13=34
Clean amber color, creamy head. Some caramel aroma and flavor; very moderate sweetness; ordinary bitterness, a bit of nutty touch. Not as rich as the bottle I remembered.
2011-08-22, bottle, 7-5-7-3-13=35
Beautiful, bright dark amber color, with generous creamy head. The aroma is malty but also simple, with nuts and tones of vegetables. Good body strength, with moderate sweetness; malt and caramel flavor, decent, unfortunately followed by some vegetables and alcohol; it ends with correct bitterness and a hint of nuts, also with alcohol warmth.
2003-10-22, bottle, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Amber color; poor head. Nice malt aroma, strong; wood, cellar. Warming, malty, loads of caramel; very good structure. Powerful. Of course not as much complex as the Vintage Ale, but I liked it…
Pours red-amber with a quick light brown head. Nose is quite sweet and dominated by brown sugar and apples. Flavor is a bit more tame and a little on the generic side for English ales, but is quite drinkable. Alcohol does not factor. Decent stuff. Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle from Csak a jó sör. Poured ruby-red, with a tan, creamy lacing foam. Honey, caramel, plum, raisins, yeast, and perhaps some herbs in the nose. There is a slight citrusy hint lurking somewhere in there, but the (delicious) hops kind of overpower it. Medium dense, oily, medium carbonated. Alcohol well hidden, with a sweet, roasty aftertaste that lasts. Pretty good!
Spab (3846) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark golden orange with modest-sized white head. Aroma is caramel, lots of fruit (mostly pear/apple, but some citrus and a little dark fruit) and a little graininess. Flavour has pear, some citrus, pepper and caramel. Alcohol comes through a little in the finish but still easy-drinking. Nice. Metalchopz (3388) - 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 ? GRM (4050) - 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 Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle at home. Deep amber pour, thick white head. Aroma is fruity, some caramel, nuts and toffee. Flavor is thick malty, somewhat fruity and well balanced. A bit simple. Nice brew. bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Amber color. Plum jam in the aroma. Malty sweet, slightly earthy flavor with dried plums and marmelade. Nutmeg in the aftertaste. Likeable.