Jack Frost | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Jack FrostJack Frost

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mark on 12-04-2003

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-pulled pint in the lovely 'Old Joint Stock' Birmingham (West Midlands) on 5 Dec 2012.

Looked great: those blackbeeries in the brew add colour as well as aroma and flavour. Good dark amber hue to the beer, off-white head that left some lacing.

Nose and taste dominated by those aforementioned blackberries which give it a tart feel from start to finish (just like the bottled version). Really enjoyed it, but one was enough.

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Photo of wl0307
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember tasting this beer on cask at the Old Bank of England, Strand, a while ago, but it wasn't on form--a bit flat and bland--so it left no impression on me what-so-ever. I even kind of bypassed it whenever I saw it on cask. Now the beer is available in bottles at my local Sainsbury's supermarket, I'll see how this version goes. Not bottle-conditioned, 4.5%abv., BB 29/12/2007, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark reddish amber, coming with a pale-yellow-ish foamy head with o.k. retention and very lively fizziness. The carbonation decreases in strength pretty quick, leaving semi-fast, constant streams of tiny bubbles.
S: fruity as it should be (the label says it's brewed with blackberries), smelling like syrupy blackcurrent and blueberry cordial on top of a thick body of sweet, brown-sugary malts... a touch of Goldings somewhere in the mix as well... Overall, very fruity and juicy, but somehow lacking a richer profile. IMO, it could've been more balanced if added with slightly more acidic/sour fruity edge? Or more hops?
T: quite effervescent at first... then the surprisingly moderate fruitiness prevails, showing elements of blackberries and lesser raisins... quickly proceeding to a midly citric as well as grassy hoppyness and flat-bodied but pleasant biscuity and crystal malt aftertone. Rather neutral in aftertaste and short in the finish.
M&D: the mouthfeel is simply too gassy to be enjoyable for me, although the body of the beer holds quite well and is pretty moderate to support the equally modest flavour. All in all, not a bad fruity pale ale (I totally agree with MaldonGold, that it's like watered-down London Pride with a dash of Ribena~~), and the maltiness surprisingly is the most remarkable element in this beer--meaning that fruits and hops are both more muted than ideal... After this bottle, now I'm not afraid of trying this beer on cask next time I see it, but this is still way behind ESB and other better traditional brands of Fuller's... LOTS of room for improvement, me think.

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Photo of FLima
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had it fresh had pulled directly from the Brewery taps.
Amber color with practically no head.
Faint smell of fruits.
Sweet malty taste with a fruity twist, hints of blackberries.
Light body and low carbonation with small bubbles.
Interesting that although it is a winter warmer is still very refreshing. Seems to have London Pride as its backbone.

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Photo of Viggo
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Volo.

Pours a clear dark orange, some amber highlights, thin off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass before disappearing, no real lacing.

Smell is weird, sweet and malty, some caramel, biscuit, lots of fruitiness, a bit herbal and medicinal, very light.

Taste is similar, weird herbal thing, some fruit, caramel, biscuit, decent malt but very light which excentuates the strange character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Probably wouldn't order this again.

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Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys..

Poured a deep red / dark amber colour... Slightly off white head pours big and foamy which leaves nice layer...

Aroma - Toasted malts (as in toasted bread), fruity, definite hints of blackberries, figs, prunes, yeasty, treacle hints...

Taste – Light fruitiness, nice light hop notes, some sweetness, bready, caramel, toasted malts...

Feel - Smooth and pretty creamy... Medium body.. Very drinkable..

Overall - An excellent beer.... recommended...

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Photo of hopley
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light chestnut/maroon with a small tan head that fades away and leaves no lace.
Aroma of burnt caramel, dark, juicy fruits and a diacteyl note with some resiny and floral hops.
Flavor has a hint of blackberry behind some thick caramel and tangy spice on the finish.
Mouthfeel is ultra sweet that moves to a fairly spicy but mild bitterly finish
Drinkability is decnet but super sweet fruity notes amke it a bit over done.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark amber, brownish with ruby hints, an off-white small head, little lacing.

The smell is nutty and fruity, rather modest.

Tasting initially of dark bread with jam on red berries, pears, ripe apples and some lemon zest.

Medium carbonation, soft bubbles and fluid, refreshing and very little dry.

A nice soothing real ale, relaxing fruit flavor (from the blackberries).

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Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask

Not my favorite of theirs but very nice beer

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Photo of GreenCard
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep amber, great clarity, narrow layer of tannish suds that flatten to a mottled cap, some lace

Aroma: smells just like a "fruited" malt loaf

Flavor: mellow malt sweetness with more of that malt loaf overtone, blackberry fruitiness, raisins, finishes semisweet with a late-arriving grape-skin hop bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, very mild carbonation, slight mineral feel

Other comments: All in all, a pretty good seasonal offering from Fullers. I tasted this one from cask last year, but didn't review it at the time. And I had no idea then that it had blackberries in it!

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful deep amber-copper pour with two finger head with decent retention and lacing. Subdued fruity, earthy nose with herbal, hoppy undertones. The blackberries are present, but probably wouldn't have picked them out had I not known they were there. They're a bit more obvious in the taste, but not to the point where this becomes a fruit beer. Lots of caramel malt with hints of tea and brown sugar. Totally agree with other reviewers that it tastes like London Pride with a touch of blackberries. The mouthfeel is a touch thin, but I prefer that to being a syrupy fruit beer. I'm a huge Fuller's fan so this is slightly disappointing, but it's still a solid beer.

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Photo of jonb5
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had two pints of this at the barrowboy & banker at London Bridge. 4.5abv No real head, was a reddish browny colour. Hazy. Malty smell, some hops but they didn't penatrate the malt. Tasted like a watered down London Porter. It had the same raisin, coffee bean flavour but the body is not as thick. Not much fiz, quite smooth. Decent winter brew, not one of Fuller's best but it works. Could be a session brew

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Photo of cypressbob
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, off white head with good retention, some lacing down the glass

Smell, fresh fruits, dried fruits, malt loaf, little bit of fresh english hops, some background malt

Taste, thick fruit and maris otter malt, some english hops, fairlt balanced, little bit of dried fruit on the finish

A fair ale, not up the standard of some of fuller's other brews

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Photo of Mark
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color that was crystal clear. Thin head, some lacing. Very full bodied and heavily fruity. I asked the barman and he said it was brewed with black currants, Fruit added to beer is not my thing which explained to me my lukewarm opinion. Not a bad beer by any means, just not my thing. Still a nice winter ale for others perhaps.

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Photo of hdtrice
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at The King Edward Restaurant & Pub in Ilderton, ON. Taps a deep copper hue with ruby edges, a thin ring of frothy white head, and a few strands of lacing on the tumbler. Smell is sulphur, orange peel, metal, fruity yeast esters, blackberries, raisins, floral, herbal and grassy hops, faint cherry/medicinal note. Appealing but restrained aromas. Taste is mildly sweet and biscuity Crystal malts, caramel, sherry, light indistinct fruitiness, mineral water, earthy and grassy hop bitterness, somewhat metallic. Mouthfeel is lighter than medium bodied, low carbonation, slick middle with a drying and lasting bitter finish. No alcohol or spiced flavours, which is not unusual in English renditions of the style. Overall, this is a thoroughly decent session brew - not as robust, spicy or warming as some North American interpretations but still a nice quaffing ale for the winter months.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DerBayer
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a very pleasant beer overall - not outstanding but pleasant even good/very good in every respect other than smell which was too faint for my nose.

There was some malt and some fruity esters but very faint and little complexity.

The taste which has a fruity note as if of autumn forest berries rather than being a fruit beerc is reall is strongest asset. Much better than the last Fuller beer I had and in all a very good taste - I would buy this again!

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Photo of jahred
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle at the store located by the Fuller's brewery and brought it back to the states. Pours a very clear, beautiful deep, deep reddish brown color. Very pretty, with a nice white head.

Was hoping to get a berry scent, but instead the aroma was of light malt and faintly of veggies. The taste was quite crisp, with a very faint berry note and that fantastic orange-bready Fuller's house yeast flavor. The berries aren't the center of this beer, which was exceptionally easy to drink. I only wish it had a better scent and more flavor.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of galluch
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of maxist
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deBeers
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this lovely winter warmer ale on cask in a beautiful pub in London last week. Paired with their soup of the day (carrot and ..?) and some brown bloomer bread; I couldn't of asked for anything more! Heaven, I tell you.

This ale is brewed with crystal malt and infused with a dash of blackberries which I could easily smell after the poor. It poured a beautiful copper red with a thin off-white/light tan creamy head. This is 4.5% abv and this was a notch above the other cask-conditioned winter warmer I had that week (Young's) although not as strong.

This is an extremely quaffable ale that I honestly enjoyed more so than most of the other gents giving reviews for this beer. I recommending pairing it with a good soup or something tasty and you won't regret it. The blackberry taste wasn't the main focus of this beer but it added just the right touch to this winter warmer! Tastes very good and the mouthfeel was ok as well.

Grab a pint of this if you have the chance. Sorry I didn't write down my notes for this tasty brew so this is just from off the top of my head.


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Jack Frost from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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