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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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Reviews by TKempe:
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TKempe

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +14%

Looks very clear and amber to light copper-brown in colour. The head is a bit thin but leaves plenty of lace.

Smell is malty-sweet (toffee, some chocolate) and slightly burned and grainy. Can't miss the fruity ale note (prune, apple freshness) and the hop aromas (reminiscent of tea and all kinds of spices). Alcohol is present and is blended in perfectly, giving some extra weight to the entire nose.

The taste is bitter-sweet and passes through both a fruity and a hoppy moment before becoming really bitter and dry. The aftertaste lingers for quite some time. Moreover, there is a salty or liqorice-like quality to it all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and has the exact right amount of carbonation. This beer drinks easily and is refreshing, even though it is quite saturated and bold.

01-13-2009 23:36:52 | More by TKempe
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oberon

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

Man I love Fullers ales,this one poured a a great ruby red color with medium head,smell was malty sweet and nutty almost like a good nutty holiday cake.Nice malty,warming taste of nuts and a little bitter chocolate,very easy to drink.I think drinking this on a cold winters night watching a hockey game would be almost heaven for me.

05-08-2003 09:33:40 | More by oberon
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Presentation: 18.6 oz English style brown bottle that has raised glass with a glimmering gold label. Best before date clearly printed on back.

Appearance: Crystal clear deep ruby copper with a thin wispy yet well retaining lace.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel with hints of toasted and vague roasted malt.

Taste: On the sweet side with a creamy full body, rich malt character with nutty, grainy and even a little bit of chocolate on the tongue. Hop bitterness develops more towards the end to reach a nice balance. Mouthful of residual sweetness still left over in the finish with a touch of dark chocolate.

Notes: As usual ... rich, hearty and very flavourful, drink and learn what a true imported English winter ale tastes like!

03-28-2002 16:59:01 | More by Jason
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Put up the Christmas lights and got the decorations out of storage. There's snow on the ground and it's time for a winter ale. Post haste.

Poured into a nonic glass. Light amber-copper in colour, with a nice fluffy head. Good bit of lacing and some nice retention on this.

Nose is delightfully wintery. Caramel, chocolate, a bit of toffee, plum, currant and spice, with a mild leafy hops backing.

Not the in-your-face winter ales that you see around the liquor store that try a bit too hard to seem 'Christmassy', this ale just comes across as being seasonal and didn't have to smack me in the face to do it. All the hearty ale flavors are there in the foreground, sweet fruity spiciness, and its all swept clean with leafy, bittering hops that leave a lingering finish. Nice carbonation, pale ale body.

A great cold weather ale. 'Nuff said.

12-02-2011 23:45:15 | More by JohnnyBarman
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Very nice, malty then bitter, with hints of toffe, chocolate and coffee, good beer, but not sensational.

02-18-2002 05:53:59 | More by rastaman
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foamer

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

500 mL bottle, date best before 11/01/06

Pours a nice clear red with some rusty orange highlights on the sides. Frothy cream-coloured head with good retention. This is a pretty beer.

Smells of caramel malt with some spices. I get some hints of rum-soaked fruitcake as well. Smells a bit like Christmas...Strong aroma though, I could notice it right after I opened the bottle.

Taste is initially caramel and sweet malts and then WHAM! it develops to a dry hop bitterness with some hints of spices. I've never tried a beer where the taste changed so suddenly - it's keeping my taste buds in check.

The mouthfeel I feel to be a little overcarbonated, but maybe that's just the CAMRA in me talking. It's a little thin as well, but not too much to be a detriment.

This is a tasty winter warmer, and I much prefer this to Young's offering. One which I'll try to find on cask next time I'm in London.

03-21-2005 23:00:04 | More by foamer
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Hammarby

Sweden

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Dark amber color and a crown that disappears rather quickly. Smell a bit dissapointing: butter, honey, apricot, but also alcohol in a not so pleasant way. Taste much better than the smell. Lingering bitterness, which is very nice. Dried fruits and nuts. A very drinkable beer.

11-18-2006 00:02:18 | More by Hammarby
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Rich mahogany with ruby highlights. Brilliant clarity. Pale beige head is lacy and moderately retentive. Aroma is malty and fruity, with notes of toffee, brown sugar, and plums. Tastes of sweet toffee up front, transitioning into slightly tangy plum and mixed nuts. Finishes with a lingering tea-like bitterness. Feels a little light and thin, with low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but the mouthfeel is a bit of letdown. Needs more heft.

12-30-2011 07:26:10 | More by mintjellie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

It looks good, with some foam on a cloudy yellow. It smells good, with mild spice. There is above average mouthfeel from caramel. A tad like an old ale, but other than this there is nothing special. Mild dry hop finish.On tap at Beer Bistro. Drinkable but nothing to hook me.

03-02-2008 18:03:03 | More by Sammy
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-12-2014 17:48:37 | More by robotiks
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

A - a deep copper mahogany colour this brew had a thick bubbly two finger head that stuck around forever and eventually dimished to a healthy collar of suds with sticky thick lacing coating the pint glass all the way through. Beautiful.

S - Is an earthy slightly sweet scented malt with a hint of chocolate and dark fruit.

T - Subtle malt profile with coffee and choclate notes, a faint floral hops presence that rounds out this brew with a bitter lingering finish.

M - a perfect mouthfeel on this one, typical for fullers - smooth, medium bodied with decent carbonation with a nice bitterness.

Another spectacular brew from fullers that I will of course grab when I can. If I could pick one brewer on a desert island it would be fullers, I have had better brews but not with the consistency of fullers, I have yet to have a brew from them I did not like.

12-11-2011 17:45:44 | More by Stocean1
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -12%

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.

03-07-2012 03:35:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Best before date of 10 OCT 12. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium to dark amber colour; translucent; one finger of foamy off-white head with decent retention.

S - Bready malts, dark caramel, nuttiness and a hint of spice.

T - Dark caramel, brown sugar, bread and spice up front. Hints of toasted nuts and a nice subtle hop bitterness in the background. The finish is dry and bitter. A very enjoyable winter warmer.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

O - Proof that winter warmers don't have to be spiced to hit the spot. A great example of the style.

12-22-2011 23:58:29 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Real_BeerMAN


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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

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

Sweden

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a re-review, original review posted 11-25-2008.

A: Pours a clear, deep bronze/dark red color with a fluffy head which disappears too quickly. Looks tasty though.

S: Definitely syrup, sweet bread, caramel and toffee. Lots of crystal malt character!

T: Toffee and caramel again, yet a little more bitter. I remember this beer as very sweet so the bitterness shocked me a bit - even though it's not very bitter. Quite a bit of a dark crystal malt flavor; walnuts and dates come to mind. The finish gets smoother and sweeter and leaves a nice nutty, toffee flavor on my palate.

M/D: Perfect CO2 for the style, however I'd love to see better head retention in this beer. The foam leaves great lacing though, but more foam would make it even better. This beer goes down like whipped cream, very smooth and rich considering it's not very high in alcohol compared to other seasonal examples with similar mouthfeel.

11-25-2008 review:

A: Copper brown, clear amber. Initially 1-1½ inch thick creamy head. Too bad it didn't stay thick for long.

S: Some roasted malts, chocolate malts. Sweet. Very bready. Syrup and hazelnuts also come to mind.

T: Yummy!!! More bread and roasted malt. Very well-balanced, especially the finish, not that much bitterness. Some toffee and caramel. Reminds me of a snack street vendors use to sell during the summer on Gotland island, where I grew up: roasted almonds (roasted in sugar, I think, and they turned out dark caramel brown - very sweet). The head on this beer is very creamy too. I wish it was a little thicker as it adds a nice whipped cream taste and feel to the entire brew.

M: Smooth and creamy. Clean and crisp mouthfeel. Very light carbonation.

D: Oh this one goes down like hot chocolate in a cozy cabin after an entire day of skiing! I could drink litres of this. AND it seems to warm me up a little bit (snow has just come to Stockholm so that's very convenient!)

This one's my favourite winter brew thus far this year!

11-17-2010 22:11:27 | More by krunchie
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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

Finland

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Copper/amber. Pours a moderately thick head.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness, malt, toffee.

Taste: Starts as a typical English Bitter, but a toffee-like sweetness overwhelms quickly. Tastes like an English winter by the fireplace! There’s plenty of hops lingering about too, the mixture of different hops creates a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth.

Overall: I’ve missed beers like this, I tended to drink much more of pretty standard English bitters when I lived in the UK, but much less so since I moved back to Finland (and in the US), for obvious reasons. Not that this is a standard bitter; it has a more complex hops profile and the crystal malts create a lot of sweetness, appropriate for a Winter/Christmas Ale.

02-16-2012 01:57:29 | More by Arborescence
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bsm80x

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

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

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Fuller's is one my favourites of the English breweries. They represent everything about English bitters and ales that I like.

Pours a dark amber color with a big fluffy white head, leavs loads of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong of malts, English hops, nuts and some sweet dried fruits, almost wineous in a way.

Taste is really good, for being at this strength it's really powerful. Lots of malts and English hops together with those wineous dried fruits. The bitterness is fruity and nutty, really warming.

I really like this one, the only thing is that it's bit boring compared to other English ale style Christmas beers this year.

12-06-2008 14:15:54 | More by Bananaman
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear dark brown/red colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, butterscotch, cherries, all-spice, raisins

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with butterscotch/caramel and some all-spice. There is also a bit of a licorice taste and some notes of dates/raisins and a hop bitterness. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a hint of spice.

Overall - I was a little disappointed with this one. I guess I was just expecting more from fullers. It's a good beer but there are much better seasonal offerings available. I wouldn't pick this one up again.

12-13-2011 17:36:18 | More by spinrsx
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml bottle into a tulip. Best before October 10, 2012.

Poured a ruby red/mahogany, filtered with a nice white caps. Creamy with some larger bubbles, solid retention and lace. Nose is malty and sugary, some faint berries, winter spicing although nothing in particular pops. Sweet bready qualities as well. Taste has more malt, albeit less prominent than the nose, faint spicing, and some light caramel, nuts and sweet bready/graininess. A nice warming feel all around, good body and appropriate medium carbonation puts this a little higher up on the charts than just a sipper. I enjoyed this but this is far from being at the top of my list of favourite winter warmers.

12-21-2011 03:03:08 | More by liamt07
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Fuller's Old Winter Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.