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

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Fuller's Old Winter AleFuller's Old Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 16
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is caramel and spice.
The taste has nice caramel sweet to start with an interesting bitterness in the middle to end.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Fairly enjoyable except for the odd bitter flavor.

Photo of TheGrunt
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall very good winter ale!

Very dark brown color with a hint of red. Smell has chocolade and spring meadow in it. Medium or average carbonation, quite light foam after pouring from the bottle. Taste is fruity, but not sweet and very round overall. This is very easy dark winter ale, that has no negative features, but at the same time perhaps lacks a bit personality and punch? Still, a very good beer and four from me!

Photo of shigg85
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.56/5  rDev -9%

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4.79/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ShawnL
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Pretendbeard
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Fuller's Old Winter Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.