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Fuller's Old Winter Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
88
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Trashcat, Saturday at 01:41 PM
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woodchip, Nov 02, 2014
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BKotch, Oct 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ShawnL, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Pretendbeard, Oct 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

robotiks, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Anze, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

BILF, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Poupae, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another relatively rare Fuller's brew hits the Alberta tap scene. Hopefully this trend continues! Had a pint at Beer Revolution in Calgary, a pristine reddish-brown brew (or perhaps very dark bronze) topped by around an inch of light tan foam. Smells of toasty aromatic malt, cacao powder, caramel, a herbal or medicinal note like licorice, a cornbread sweetness, and a sour fruitiness like dried cherries ... Amazing complexity on the nose. Taste includes most of these elements as well and reminds me a bit of a Scotch ale albeit with more fruit and hops. The chocolate is downplayed in favor of a chokecherry sour fruitiness, toffee, walnuts, cane fruit, and earthy hops. There is maybe a little anemic coffee but I don't get much of this flavor here. Medium bodied, not terribly thick and with a similarly moderate (to low end of high) degree of carbonation. Finish is quite dry, with burlap sack and dry husk effects, but some of the fruitiness that pervades the earlier phases of the taste experience lingers until the bitter end. Malty, fruity, but not terribly sweet or roasty, a top-notch winter warmer that manages a pretty reasonable degree of complexity without any gimmicky additions to the brew kettle or bottle after the fact.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 31, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz glass at the Underground, on the coldest damned day of the year thus far. Winter warmer, save me now!

This beer appears a solid black, with the barest of basal cola highlights, and one skinny finger of foamy, soapy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some attractive layered webbed lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of hot chocolate powder, cold coffee, bready caramel malt, black licorice, middling dark fruit, and mild musty, earthy hops. The taste is bitter dry cocoa, astringent coffee beans, grainy caramel malt, oily nuts, tart black fruit, wet ash, dry anise, and a strange earthy, almost medicinal spice.

The carbonation is average, noticeable yet not any sort of burden, the body an adequate medium weight, but thin-seeming at times, and a bit too edgy to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes rather dry, little changing over the course of this offering, as the cocoa, coffee, and char flesh things out.

A tasty enough dry stout, it would seem, with a soft fruity holiday twinge. A whole lot less sweet than I was expecting, but enjoyable all the same. Nice to see all these new beers from Fuller's arriving locally.

biboergosum, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

aztraz, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

dcmchew, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

IWannaEatFood, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

bsm80x, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

harpus, Aug 22, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Welcome cronies! This old beer came up to us and Russia. We drank to our event standards a bit, about 4 breasts at his brother. Pear at first did not feel, but after 2nd chest appeared pears, nuts, and the women ... After the third chest, we ourselves also are found dick knows where, but the pear disappeared as well as nuts. But the women were still. What happened after that I do not remember.On the morning of the head is white, and for some reason,
On the morning of the head is white, and somehow shaved. Shnunorovka in place, but the lacing is not obtained. The women did not have as Crediton cards and money. Beer is not subject to the basic laws of physics. Drank beer liters 8 and vysal all 15 ... The output of beer was as it was a statement, oblochno yellow with dense foam. PS We have a battery but still drink beer. even in summer. P.P.S tasty beer with peanuts in tomato glaze and kapchennym cheese. For gourmets can add 0.5 to 1 liter of vodka beer

Real_BeerMAN, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Mattias, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

BeerLover99, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, poured into a pint.

It has a clear amber color. Forms a nice head that has very good retention and leaves nice lacing too.
Smell is quite complex: sweet malt, a bit fruity and also some liquorice.
Taste is a bit unexpected. The smell suggested a sweet brew but in fact it's bitter, resembling an ESB but more complex.
Body feels medium, crisp and dry. Good carbonation.

I expected a sweeter beer with less carbonation but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. It was a nice surprise and I enjoyed it very much.

Ciocanelu, Dec 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Bilianas, Dec 05, 2012
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Fuller's Old Winter Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.