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England, United Kingdom
English Strong Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #5,843
4.11 | pDev: 9.73%
Mar 25, 2023
Sep 16, 2000
Matured for 100 days

First brewed in 1995 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Fuller, Smith & Turner, this bottle conditioned recipe is inspired by the original Fuller's brewing books. The Amber malt and Goldings hops combine to create a delicious fruitcake aroma. As this beer is bottle conditioned, we recommend it is stored upright and poured carefully.
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Rated by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A bit too fizzy
Mar 25, 2023
Rated: 4 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 3.72 by Eychung from New York

Dec 02, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Purchased from Purvis Beer in Melbourne in March 2022, and drunk in November that year.

L: Presents a rusty, murky orange-brown in the glass with a cm-high, coffee-white head. Significant, fast-moving, yet small-bubbled, active carbonation shoots up the glass.

S: On the nose, there's brown sugar, with a sweet, freshly-mown wet lawn, toffee-like malt aroma that verges on an iced tea note. Maybe a touch of sulphur? If you've ever been on a farm near silage storage you'll know the smell.

T: Once in the mouth there's rich toffee, dark fruits and raspberry, with that sweet silage note at the end. There's a minerality/sulphorousness that lingers after the swallow, as does a touch of residual sweetness. That sweetness grows as the beer warms, and becomes the dominant note.

M: Mouthfeel is full and rich. Carbonation is minimal.

O: The toffee and dark fruit note that first appear proudly state that this beer is an English Strong Ale, but that solid start is overwhelmed by an increasingly sweet note that isn't counteracted by alcohol or carbonation. The beer eventually becomes somewhat of a chore to drink as the sweet note takes over.

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 23, 2022
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Reviewed by James94 from England

4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L: Light red strawberry colour, big head, good lacing, hazy after pouring sediment in
S: Marmalade, Marmite, pear, apple, orange peels, malt loaf, Christmas pudding, treacle
T: Rich malts, toast, plums, cake, treacle, Marmite, herbs, some alcohol
F: Balanced carbonation, full-bodied

O: 4.75
Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Oct 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by Daneve76 from Australia

Sep 27, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by readyforthenet from New York

Apr 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Spike from England

4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle conditioned.
L: Clear, mahogany colour with an off-white head that collapses slowly to a generous cap, leaving arcs of lacing. Stunning.
S: Treacle and tobacco. Rich and heady.
T: Follows the nose plus molasses, dried fruit, wood smoke and a touch of citrus. Solid bitterness.
F: Mouthfeel is smooth. Finish is very dry with some hop sharpness. Alcohol is evident and warming.
O: A gorgeous English strong ale. Simpsons crystal malt is doing the hard yards, while earthy hops maintain an edge and prevent everything getting too sweet and soupy. An excellent ale for the darker months.

(Incredible value at just £1.80/bottle for this excellent ale)
Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by pcbnumber1 from England

Jan 14, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Average size tan head atop a garnet body that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of soft fruit, bready malts and yeast. Earthy taste, some sweetness, mild nuttiness, but well balanced by fragrant, floral hops. Very smooth mouthfeel, gently carbonated, with a dry, long lasting finish. Complex, but extremely drinkable.
Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4 by eldoctorador from Chile

Aug 28, 2020
Rated: 4 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Aug 13, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by smi69 from New York

May 25, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by Gooljd from England

May 21, 2020
Rated: 3.4 by stephenlee93 from England

Jan 04, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by insouciantx from New York

Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by misteil from Ireland

Dec 29, 2019
1845 from Fuller's
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1170 ratings