Fuller's Old Winter Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
BB October 10, 2012
Pours a dark amber, almost chestnut brown, with a fair sized white head. Good retention, fair bit of lacing. Nice looking beer.
Immediate smells are earthy English hops, spices (ginger, nutmeg), and bready malt. Not a strong smell, but relatively pleasant.
Taste is pretty malt focused, fairly bready, with some spices. The earthy hop flavours are there as well, but I got them more strongly in the nose. The finish is sweet caramel malt, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.
Overall, another nice beer from a reliably solid brewery. I am not generally a big fan of winter warmers, but I rather like this beer. The spices are lighter than some others but this means, in part, that they are better integrated.
02-10-2012 03:12:33 | More by jrenihan
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys..
Poured a nice dark copper colour. Light tan head poured big thick and foamy with quite tight bubbles then faded quickly to decent covering with thick edging... quite a lot of thick sticky lacing... no real carbonation to speak about...
Aroma - Lots of toasted breadiness, nice sweet toffee malts, treacle and brown sugar notes, malt loaf, rich dark fruits (prunes, figs, light raisins, some orange notes), light peppery hops, nutty sweetness, light grassy notes, some very faint oakiness, butterscotch notes...
Taste A surprising amount of peppery and grassy hop bitterness mixed with toasted bread, burnt nutty bitterness, light caramel malt sweetness, tart fruits (oranges, figs, some apples), quite floral, some light saltiness, light earthiness...
Feel - Quite smooth initially with a good sharp bite coming through afterwards.. light bodied... extremely quaffable - i could happily drink this all night...
Overall - Another very good brew from Fullers... quite a hoppy winter warner but certainly recommended...
11-28-2007 15:28:09 | More by mdagnew
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
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap: Taps a deep chestnut color with some red highlights, modest cap, soft carbonation.
Aromas are fruity-spicy lightly sweet. Flavor is exceptionally discreet in its use of spices and sweet malts...lovely warm soft malty sweetness mingles with a spicy-fruity background and demure Kent hopping...well balanced without any of the sweetness, spice or hops overpowering the amalgam of all these flavors....frankly the best Winter ale I've tasted this year.
04-20-2010 00:00:46 | More by pootz
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
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
on-tap at deep ellum, allston, ma
i just had to put in a word for this brew, from sparse notes and a fresh memory of last night. deep ellum's menu listed this is as a "bitter", and in a way it admittedly sort of skewed me into expecting something less hearty and complex. that said, from the moment the glass was put at my table, i knew i was in for a treat. the clear reddish brown color and great foamy head were just the beginning. then came the malty yet herbal nose, hints of spice.
robust flavor went great with my cornmeal battered fish. malts and assertive but balanced hop really melded together well. maybe some dried fruit to mix things up a bit. mild bitterness, evenly distributed.
smooth and drinkable, and a sessionable beer. best surprise of the night.
02-10-2008 02:10:40 | More by tai4ji2x
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
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
3.53/5 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
4/5 rDev +2%
A lovely ruby-red ale with a good head, this one promised quite a bit. And it delivered.
The aroma was of rich malts (caramel and some roasted as well) and the alcohol was somewhat prominent.
The foretaste was bitter, and the taste was of rich nutty malts and hints of bitter chocolate. A touch of spiciness was apparent as well, but only a trace. The bitterness lingered, a nice touch.
Good body, and a good beer to have sitting comfortably at home on a winter's night watching TV
08-15-2004 03:48:06 | More by connecticutpoet
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
500 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 5.3%. Copper to amber colour, big to moderate off-white head. Malty and nutty aroma, also notes of toffee and caramel. The flavour has a moderate malty sweetness and nutty and biscuity notes, hints of raisins and caramel. "Dusty" hops in the finish, bitter aftertaste. Quite good.
02-14-2011 17:48:25 | More by Sigmund
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
On tap at Bonn Lair. Good job getting this one Bonnie!!
A - Poured a dark auburnish color, with a little over 1 finger of head. Dissipated fast and left a nice trail of lacing.
S - Caramel, toffee, and light chocolate in the malt profile with some hearty spices. Maybe some clove and a pinch of cinnamon. Hop profile is very subtle with a bit of bitterness.
T - Strong notes of caramel and toffee with light chocolate. The spices really round the beer out and their appears to be some clove, maybe a little vanilla, and some cinnamon. Hops almost disappear.
M - Well balanced, with an almost full mouthfeel.
D - Overall, a good example of the classic English Winter Warmer.
12-06-2008 19:30:12 | More by MisterClean
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours with a deep red body, nice creamy head, good retention
Smell, spices, thick malty musk coming off
Taste, thick bitter hops, dry musky finish, some hint of smoke and a nice lingering bitterness on the palette
Another great beer from fullers, they really can do no wrong. Some noticable hints and flavours of 1845, actually, this really reminds me, in look and taste of arrogant bastard, like an english hopped version
What the heck is that flavour and aroma? it really reminds of arrogant bastard :)...thus, i've been buying this alot now, its a great beer
02-15-2005 21:20:26 | More by cypressbob
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
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
12-31-2013 17:45:33 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a nice copper with decent head and lacing, and excellent retention.
The aroma is well rounded without lacking in either the malt or hop presence.
The flavor is pretty congruent with the style I've come to expect from Fullers. The hops are tamed, but at the same time they provide a pretty solid bitter base to support the malt. The malt in this one is a bit more rich than most of the Fullers offerings. It's got a bit of a biscuit flavor as well as mild grain notes. Any sweetness is balanced by bitterness, yet the bitterness is very subtle.
The mouthfeel is quite creamy, and carbonation is nice. The only downside was that the body was a tad thin. A bit thicker and it would have aced this category.
Overall, this is one of my favorite Fullers offerings to date. I'm surprised to say that as Winter Ales aren't really my favorite style, but this one was a bit atypical with the malt sweetness toned down and the hops bumped up.
12-17-2011 04:52:19 | More by BBP
Fuller's Old Winter Ale from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.