Fuller's Old Winter Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.15/5 rDev -19.6%
A nice deep brown color, little head, not much odor.
The taste is an immediate malt hit, a tiny bit of roastiness, followed after a while by the typical Fuller's fruity taste, with some mineral flavor and a slight amount of acidity ... and eventually by a very very mild bitterness (so little that it's hard to really say what it's like). No creaminess, not really all that sweet, despite all the malt. Gets watery after a while like many other Fuller's beers.
It's not hard to drink, and unobjectionable, but it's not really all that great either, and doesn't really live up its billing as a "winter ale" -- it simply didn't have the depth, the bitterness, the darkness, the spices, and was way too dominated by pretty much the exact same fruity character that defines most Fuller's beers.
01-22-2011 13:51:03 | More by snogglethorpe
3.28/5 rDev -16.3%
On tap: Deep mahogany with a frothy beige cap that laces moderately. Nutty, fruity aroma with lots of yeasty spices and wood. Sweet caramel and sugary, nutty malts are backed by solid almost floral, hop profile. Creamy and soothing, full bodied winter ale. Good.
08-04-2009 12:02:24 | More by mrmanning
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
Nice big rich long lasting head on clear red beautiful body.
Biscuity walnut bread aroma arorma.
Nice biscutyu simple flavor, nut in the background with a nice slightly sweet and bitter after taste.
Mouthfeel, there is a watery aspect to this that really takes it down a notch for me.
These go down a little too easy. A nice beer, but nothing too exciting.
02-24-2011 14:33:38 | More by Naerhu
3.38/5 rDev -13.8%
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).
10-25-2012 21:18:35 | More by crnipeter
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
A: Dark/deep amber color, small white head with some lacings.
S: Sweet malt, burnt sugar, notes of toffee and some notes of "sweet" christmas spices.
T: Sweet, but the bittering hops eliminates the sweetness quite well. Nutty and spicy. Light carbonation which is perfect for christmas beers.
12-01-2010 21:44:19 | More by Mjoepp
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
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
Dark amber color, almost mahogany. A good head, beige in color, not bad.
The smell has a good maltiness, dried fruit, figs and dates. A hint of red fruit. Malty background.
The taste is more on the dried fruit side, quite dry, with notes of hazelnut overall. Despite the low alcohol (5.3 ABV), this beer is quite warming. Notes of light roasted, toffee. Good.
Quite hopped in the aftertaste. Balanced and pleasant.
03-31-2007 16:40:37 | More by stcules
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
Best before 11/01/06...
Appearance: dark reddish-brown, great clarity, medium layer of spongey off-white foam, good retention, some lace
Aroma: rum-soaked figs, dark chocolate, malty sweetness, burnt caramel
Flavor: quite dry malt base, big wallop of roasted grain, piny hop flavor, licorice, wood tannin, finishes dry with an aftertaste of pine resin and plum skin
Mouthfeel: full body, fine carbonation, a bit astringent
Other comments: Reminds me a bit of Winterhook, which I tried over X-mas while I was in Oregon. Surprisingly assertive roast/hop bitterness (in a good way).
03-06-2005 17:38:48 | More by GreenCard
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
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
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
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
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
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
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
Deep copper colour, one finger dense sticky off white head, good amount of lace left behind. Smell is full of caramel, lightly sweet, malty, spices, cinnamon, bready and biscuity. Taste is sweet malts and caramel, spices, cinnamon and rye bread, toffee with a long caramel malty finish. Aggressive carbonation that I found hard to get past, medium feel and fairly full bodied. Other than the over active carbonation this was quite enjoyable, a solid seasonal offering from a pretty solid brewer.
11-11-2011 17:00:12 | More by peensteen
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
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
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours deep copper with an off-white thin head. Spotted lacing sticks.
The smell is musty, woody (cinnamon?) with some dried tart fruit.
The taste is of caramel, nutty with orange and some herbal bitterness in the finish.
On the thinner side of what might be expected for a "winter ale", but, then it is somewhat warming for a 5.3% abv.
It is well-balanced. Sweetish but with a touch of bitterness. Slight touch of alcohol shows though at a relatively modest abv.
04-30-2009 01:26:43 | More by jwc215
Fuller's Old Winter Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.