thewolf (12598) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks Søren.hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Had this after 1997, 1999 and 2000.
Pours hazy orange, practically no head. Aroma has light metallic oxidation, caramel, toffee, viniousness, light berries. High carbonation, nice dry mouthfeel. Flavour has caramel, dryness, fairly bitter, softly roasted malts, liqourice, some herbal notes and a bit of oxidation. Long, lingering light bitterness with a hint of milky chocolate. Fine.
Tasted as part of a vertical tasting that included the ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’03 (thanks Eyedrinkale!). Bottle # 02768. Poured a darker amber color with a small tan head. Cloudiness that was present in the ’98, ’99 & ’00 is gone from this year (as well as the mustiness). Aromas and tastes of caramel, toffee, raisins and plums. Spicy finish. Pinball (12155) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
bottle. tasted 2012
clear brown, small head.
arma is dusty, malty, well balanced, dusty barley wine.
flavor is malty, bitter, nutty, very nice, this beer held very well indeed. mR_fr0g (12126) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 14/01/2016. Huge thanks to Kenny for this. . Hazed viscous caramel brown coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is big caramel apple, oxidised, toffee apple, fruit cake. Flavour is composed of sticky toffee fruit cake, pretty good, nutty, , brown sugar, slightly burnt toast. Palate is sticky sweet, moderate carbonation. Held up pretty well. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"yummy is the first word that comes to mind. this is a nice, rich, robust, hearty brew...highly drinkable, especially for 8.5%. nice use of malts here. for the style, one of the best."
hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2003 I was going to save this beer for another year, but then I started reading some of the reviews and decided... why wait?
This beautiful deep copper, almost ruby colored beer is sparkling clear with a large, creamy white head. The head is mostly, but never entirely diminishing and leaves excellent, thick lacework.
The aroma is of cinnamon and caramel. Butter and English toffee. Clover honey and warm alcohol. Dark and fuzzy fruits.
The flavor is sublime. Malty and lightly sweet up front with tweaks and twinges of caramel, dark fruits and English toffee. Lots of pungent and lightly bitter hops to balance things out on the backside. Very well-balanced ale. NewCastle on steroids.
Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
Long, astringent, lightly bitter, dry finish. Dried hay and lemon rind at the wee end.
Very drinkable... scary! The high ABV is hidden throughout.
Unless you have several bottles, go ahead and drink the stuff now. It's time. Besides, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow and never have the opportunity to enjoy yet another strong effort from Fullers.
faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 27, 2012
Botella, thanks a bunch Pinball for sharing this. Hazy like deep amber brown colour, more or less no head, bubbles only. Quite sweet well toasted caramel and dark fruity yeasty aroma with some soily moldiness bit. OPk mouthfeel, sticky like. Sweet flavour indeed, yeasty with well toasted caramel and dark fruits, vinious alco in the finish. Oxidization has occurred, yes, but still a fine well lagered brew. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Cellared bottle just had with the 2000. Turbid dark rusty pour with nose of caramel malt, big hops. Tastes caramel malty, fruity, with solid hops and a crisp finish. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2003
Grapefruit rinds sitting in a sticky honeycomb...Still silky smooth but more prominent alcohol than earlier versions...If they go on like this, I think the 2008 version will be a very nice, hoppy scottish ale... 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 14669 Smells of candy coasted apples, though slightly harsh. Tastes are hoppy, with strong alcohol, but has some nice soothing hints of plum. Interesting dry, sweet finish, tingling the back of the tongue. About 10 minutes after drinking I still have an extremely sweet sticky feeling in my mouth. This stuff stays with you.