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England, United Kingdom
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #2
Ranked #5,778
4.11 | pDev: 9.73%
Jan 18, 2022
Sep 16, 2000
Notes: 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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Photo of James94
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by James94 from England

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
5 by doctorgary from New York on Oct 05, 2021
4 by paulish from New York on Oct 01, 2021
4.59 by Daneve76 from Australia on Sep 27, 2021
4.31 by readyforthenet from New York on Apr 22, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Spike from England

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 brown bread, dried fruit, wood smoke and a touch of citrus. Solid bitterness.
F: Mouthfeel is smooth like velvet. Finish is very dry with some hop sharpness. Alcohol is evident and warming.
O: A gorgeous English strong ale. Amber malt is doing the hard yards, while earthy hops maintain an edge and prevent everything getting too sweet and soupy. An excellent winter warmer.

Jan 29, 2021
4.03 by pcbnumber1 from England on Jan 14, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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
4 by eldoctorador from Chile on Aug 28, 2020
4 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Aug 13, 2020
4.1 by smi69 from New York on May 25, 2020
4.47 by Gooljd from England on May 21, 2020
3.4 by stephenlee93 from England on Jan 04, 2020
4.17 by insouciantx from New York on Jan 01, 2020
4.28 by misteil from Ireland on Dec 29, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

500ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a dull, hazy deep brown with a thin cap of beige head that leaves scattered bubbles on the side of the glass.

Smells of toffee pudding, honeyed bread crust, marmalade, pecan pie, sultana raisin and some soft earthy hops.

Tastes of honeyed biscuit, subdued marmalade and pecan pie sweetness, baked nuts, cold coffee, candied raisin and more faint hops.

Feels mild and British. Full bodied with gentle carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict, Highly recommended. A nice solid warmer.

Dec 14, 2019
3.68 by desint from Belgium on Dec 03, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 4/23/12: Pours a reddish brown with a thick tan/deep beige head that leaves decent lacing as it recedes. Aroma is malty bread, caramel, figs and prunes; floral hop hint. The taste is caramel, molasses, dried fig and prune, hints of butterscotch and smoke; some bread and thin roasted nuts with earthy and floral hop hints. It finishes clean and dry. As promised it is fruitcake-like. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium carbonation, smooth with a dry finish. Very drinkable.

Oct 23, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bmaslakov from Russian Federation

Bought this bottle in October last year and opened this August, which added about ten months to the initial 100 day maturing period. Poured in a glass smells honey and banana bread; tastes honey, treacle, orange jam, and tropical fruit. Rich and intense, well-rounded cognac finish and very little hoppy aftertaste. This is a bottle-conditioned beer, so it produces a generous amount of steady, white foam, and has high carbonation. An excellent beer and I can definitely recommend.

Aug 11, 2019
3.42 by brandoneast from Texas on Aug 05, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Slightly aged murky reddish brown pour with cream coloured head. Smells of sweet caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar and dark fruits, hints of nutmeg, clove. Taste is malty - caramel sweetness, brown sugar, date, with spicy hop bitterness t finish. Mouthfeel is interestingly creamy with muted but present carbonation that washes across palate. Ends with nice malty bittersweetness.

Apr 13, 2019
3.94 by Beer_Rabbit66 from England on Mar 07, 2019
3.75 by BlueSpader from Washington on Jan 24, 2019
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4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Poke_it_with_a_stick from England

The finest beer on the planet, in my humble opinion.

Dec 22, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mwherritt from Minnesota

Had it a fundraiser, pleasantly surprised with the taste.

Dec 07, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Very deep chestnut. Pours with 5mm white head that holds well. Clear as a bell. Note carefully this is bottle-conditioned, so store upright and pour carefully.
S- Toasted grains is prominent.
T- Mmmm roasty, coffee, toasty, malty richness, puddingy, lovely!
F- It feels like a 6.3% should, it has a solid presence. Actually in a blind-test I might guess this as around 8.0% it has a slight bitter tang on the tongue that might be mimicking a higher ABV%. It's superbly balanced. To me this is squarely in the realm of what a 'winter warmer' should be. Would be perfect to enjoy with an Xmas meal.
O- Absolutely superb. The Smell was rather underwhelming to me but I do have some congestion. Wow, what a gem. I have to keep re-checking the lable after a gulp to re-confirm that this IS only 6.3%. One to sup slowly and savour.
Ale fans need to do themselves a favour and try and seek this brew out. It's my 260th rating and I hope this ends up scoring in my top 10% brews ever (and that includes having lived in Germany for 3 years, and enjoying 100+ brews there...)

Unfortunately I don't recall where I bought this, as it's a real gem, and a bargain at at £1.80/500ml.

edit/ps. I bought it from Waitrose, and have since built up a stock of 50 bottles to see me through 2019, as a weekly treat. They currently have it on a special offer across the Fullers range of bottled beers at '4 for £6'; runs through end of Dec-18. I find that irresistible for a beer of this quality, so I've focused solely on buying this one. Even at full price of £1.80/500ml I'll continue to buy it if my current stock ever runs out...

Nov 17, 2018
3 by jeschaefer from Texas on Sep 30, 2018
4 by Momon from Philippines on Sep 06, 2018
4.5 by Darthmaul from Florida on Jul 01, 2018
3.9 by jhart96 from England on Jun 28, 2018
4.33 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Jun 25, 2018
4.5 by sraufstok from Slovenia on Jun 21, 2018
3.73 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Jun 13, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by gutbucket2 from England

500ml, bottle-conditioned. Pours copper with thick, lasting head. Aroma berries, spicy hop. Taste syrupy, alcohol, goldings hops. Aftertaste: caramel. Overall: worthy strong beer with strong flavour and alcohol warming.

May 04, 2018
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4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by monkist from Hungary

Brewed to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Fullers, this is a special brew indeed. Matured for 100 days, bottle conditioned.
Hard to sum it all up in words: there is a remarkable (hop) bitterness to it along with caramellized malts that give it a round body and somehow in the end you are left with a slightly sour aftertaste. It is a little similar to the Hobgoblin but much more refined and its taste is much more pleasant and round malty.
I love Fullers and I am glad for this special brew, although I just had one of their Past Masters yesterday and that was unbeatable indeed. This is great too, but that was truly exceptional. What should I say, Fullers is the best brewery in the UK, maybe in the whole Europe. Congratulations to their 150th anniversary!

Mar 10, 2018
4.07 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 29, 2017
3.57 by unclekeith from Alaska on Dec 13, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CLSimps from Arizona

A bomber poured into a nonic pint. A hazy brown (maybe mahogany?) color with a nice thick head that yielded persistent lacing throughout. Typical malty nose with a hint of dried fruit (raisins?) and very, very drinkable. Layers and layers of malt and toffee throughout with a hint of cocoa. Wow

Dec 09, 2017
4.29 by scream from Wisconsin on Dec 02, 2017
4.25 by dertyd from California on Oct 30, 2017
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