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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

77 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | 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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robotiks

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-12-2014 17:48:37 | More by robotiks
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Anze

Slovenia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-20-2014 20:23:49 | More by Anze
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev +2%

01-25-2014 00:36:09 | More by hansavijaticar
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BILF

Israel

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-09-2014 17:44:00 | More by BILF
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Poupae

Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-09-2014 15:54:33 | More by Poupae
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 17:45:33 | More by CalgaryFMC
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 21:11:18 | More by biboergosum
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-16-2013 14:13:37 | More by aztraz
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dcmchew

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-11-2013 18:02:03 | More by dcmchew
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IWannaEatFood

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-02-2013 17:57:43 | More by IWannaEatFood
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bsm80x

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

09-25-2013 20:43:23 | More by bsm80x
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2%

08-22-2013 20:06:36 | More by harpus
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Real_BeerMAN


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

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-24-2013 15:24:02 | More by Real_BeerMAN
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-26-2013 22:33:23 | More by Mattias
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-14-2013 04:20:45 | More by spycow
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

01-11-2013 22:44:19 | More by BeerLover99
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Ciocanelu

Romania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 18:43:01 | More by Ciocanelu
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Bilianas


5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-05-2012 16:59:09 | More by Bilianas
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profondo

Sweden

4/5  rDev +2%

11-25-2012 18:32:15 | More by profondo
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-11-2012 01:14:21 | More by cfalovo97
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear coppery-brown capped by a quarter of inch thin beige head that dissipates. Poor head presentation is acceptable as winter warmers are essentially Old Ales whose head-formation may be impaired by aging.

Initially indiscernible scent improves as the beer warms revealing nutty and caramel aroma of
malt as well as spicy and orange-like aromatics that might be attributed to the hops used (Nugget, Challenger and Northdown). No trace of alcohol whatsoever.

Flavor is pronounced nutty malt supplemented with substantial herbal hop-bitterness that seems a bit exaggerated stealing the show from the malts and leading into astringent dry finish. Considering the style I'd expect more malt complexity.

Well-attenuated somewhat crispy medium body.

In short, an attenuated nutty-bitter Winter Warmer that doesn't seem warming at the outset but delivers as I progress through the bottle (500 ml into tulip, BB 10-17-2013).

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 21:18:35 | More by crnipeter
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-11-2012 00:06:57 | More by Molson2000
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pint glass.Enjoyed on dec´11. Bright copper color. Clear. Off-white ,medium size bubbled,froth. Creamy crown with good retention.Yeast,herbes,slightly spicy with grape notes to the nose. Sparkling upfront followed by dry nutty bitterness.Mildy toasted malts & smooth resiny with pear hues. Medium body, soft carbonation.Fruity aftertaste. Very pleasant drinkability, refreshing & flavorful. Comment: when in doubt order a Fuller´s one even not being the best of theirs you will never regret it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 18:04:12 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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smi

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-06-2012 04:26:58 | More by smi
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized malt notes is interesting. Taste is dominated by dry malt notes, maybe a bit too dry and almost astringent. Some fruity aromas are also easily noticeable though harder to detect when tasting this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but a bit too dry for my own taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:35:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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Fuller's Old Winter Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.