harrisoni (18577) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
50cl bottle from Pitfield Beer shop. gorgeous russet colour. Lasting tight beige head. Lovely aroma of rich malts with berry fruit, toffee adn some choc and also vigorous hop. Full in mouth and then sensuous warming malt, more choc and toffee and then assertive hops to balance. Another wonderful strong Fullers beer. Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2005
Dark brown. Full mature aroma. Small head. Had this beer with a meal of meatballs made from reindeer mince and spiced with juniper berries, and that was a perfect match. The juniper flavor is evident in the beer also, together with a marked bitterness and a littlel bit of sugar, just enough to enhance everything else. Fuller’s never seem to disappoint me! bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2004
The colour is deep copper red –wine red. The foam is beige, finger thick and quite firm. Erzengel (8721) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
The smell is malty, sweet and rich with hints of dried apricot and nuts.
The carbonation is soft, yet refreshing. Small bubbles.
The taste is dominated by a full-bodied malty flavour combined with a solid bitterness. There are notes of dried fruits, nuts and a sourish touch. A grand taste of bitter hops with a metallic touch dominates the long lasting aftertaste.
A very complex beer with lots of unruly tastes that works fine together.
The beer starts thick, rich and fruity. Plums, dried cherries, oranges. These aroma get more intense to the mainpart where there is a dry malty body and moderate bitterness coming in. The aftertaste has lots of dried fruit, malty bitterness and hints of grain. Very rich and intense, hints of dark roasted malt, very dry. lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2001
A great intense fruity and dry Winter Ale!! Taste much more intense than only 5.3%!
A beautiful amber ale with a sweet, malty nose and flavor with a mild hop finish. A very enjoyable brew.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Wonderfull even though my bottle was a year old. Great hop character balanced perfectly by a sweet brown malt. Hard to find but 100% worth the hunt. HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 15 Jul 2007 Bottle 500ml. A satisfying aroma of malts, nuts and dried fruit. Pours a lovely copper red with a good tan head. Lovely flavours, with the malt and hops shining through and blending well with nutty, fruity flavours, and a hint of deep roast coffee. A good full body and good carbonation. Smooth on the palate with delicious lingering tastes. A fine strong ale from Fullers. Good all year round.
13 Jan 2008 Draft pint at The Carpenters Arms, Bransgore, Dorset. Same pour and look, although the head was smaller and did not last long. However, this was altogether a different beer. It was nowhere near as tasty as the bottled version and seemed somewhat thinner. If I was rating the draft pint alone, I would say aroma 5, appearance 3, flavour 7, palate 3 and overall 14. It was a bit of a let down, really. rarbring (2294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Aroma: The smell is rather modest, som lemonpeel, slightly metallic tones, a malty sweetness with some spicy aroma.GoufCustom (1999) - HONG KONG - FEB 16, 2013
Appearance: The amber coppertoned beer pours with a full head of light beige foam slowly sinking leaving remains on the glass.
Taste: The taste on the other side is fully developed with great hoppiness balanced with some malty sweetness.
Palate: Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.
Overall: In all a very rewarding winter warmer.
Note: Bottle 500 ml. Reviewed 2009-12-25.
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2005
Clear brownish red colour; Thin head and off-white foam which fades in 1 minute; Good lacing and active carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of sweet malt, cherry, cranberry, and caramel. The red fruits can be smelt almost a foot away from glass once poured; Light sweet taste of malt, red fruits, glass, and light citrus; Light body and slick palate, with profile of initially muted taste of red fruit, followed by expressive light sweet malt and finished with subtle hops. Bitterness shows up at the end in a mild, subdued and tasteful manner; Slightly dry after taste, Very easy and pleasant to mouth.
Comments: with no expectation when I picked this up, I am genuinely surprised by how comfy and tasty this brew is. The cherry and cranberry aroma makes a nice and strong first impression. As in the tradition of festive season beers, it has all the right kind of mild characters in the right place. The more I sip, the more I want. A must have for winter, X’mas, and the rest of the year!
Ruby amber colour with slim but lasting off-white head. Sweet malty and hoppy aroma. Very hoppy flavour throughout, with some background caramel and spice. Nice creamy mouthfeel, refreshing and drinkable. Good stuff.