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Strong Ale - English
Ranked #2
Ranked #3,055
4.13 | pDev: 9.69%
England, United Kingdom
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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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 6.3% ABV English Ale produced by Fuller, Smith & Turner in London’s Oldest Brewery – what better way to forget the rain lashing against my Apartment window on a cold damp windy day in Long Beach.

Appearance – A clear deep copper color with some dark red-orange hints. Head is vanilla colored, that is smooth at first but finishes a thin collar covering. Some lacing is present on the edges of the glass, but not much.

Smell – I could smell this beer as soon as I opened the bottle. Rich, wholesome and very fruity with an alcohol soaked ESB type punch. Malt and alcohol mix smoothly & easily, as well as adding to q very Barleywine type nose.

Taste – The first mouthfeel says it all. Supreme Strong English Ale. Smooth, yet strong. Powerful, but never domineering. Complex but Balanced. Malt dominates the start and like others, I get a yeasty character in the middle and end that reminds of fresh bread.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, silky and fulfilling. A beer that has a signature memory in the mouth, you know you have just drunk a great beer, and there is something left behind to remind you of this fact for some time.

Drinkability – This will never be a session beer, but I find it very drinkable in a relaxed manner. I could easily drink several bottles of this beer throughout the day whilst sat at my PC writing or surfing the net. Great Company.

I am astonished that this is only 6.3%; it tastes and drinks as though it is much stronger.

A superb robust English Ale that lets me forget the cloudy cold & rainy miserable day outside.


Mar 15, 2003
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carln26 from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from he bottle into the shaker pint glass a deep copper to amber with a decent sized cream colored head. The head receded quickly into the glass, and left a great sheet of lace on the side. The aroma is dominated by citrus grapefruit, but there is caramel malt there along with something a little tougher to detect, maybe a hint of cherry. The taste is more complex. Definitely caramel, toffee, some citrus/grapefruit, and almost a licorice flavor, and a hint of brandy on the finish. Richer and fuller than I expected from the aroma. Nice smooth mouth feel. Very drinkable.

May 10, 2005
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timtim from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber/brown with a tan head that held well and left pretty nice lace. nose is caramelly, burnt toffee, some pale malt, a little dried fruit and orangy marmaladish hop scent. taste was pretty much what the nose suggested with a touch of a bite at the finish. medium full and mighty pleasurable.

Jan 07, 2008
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BevanTaylor from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

Apr 07, 2012
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delta490 from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark, clear amber with a big foamy white head with good retention. No carbonation.

S-Deep malt, sweet caramel and dark fruit

T-the smell echoes strongly in the taste. There's a pleasing, indescribable aspect to it.

M- rich and full on the palette

O- an excellent strong ale. Everything you want for this style.

Nov 06, 2013
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mgdeth from Montana

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer is a reddish copper color, and it has a nice thick off-white head.

Smell - I detect a slightly musty (but not unpleasant) aroma which blends nicely with hops and malt. There beer also has a fruity aroma to it, which is like a junior version of the aroma of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. All aromas are well balanced.

Taste - Overall, the taste is pretty strong. Fruity esters are fairly bold. The hops are more aggressive in the aftertaste. The beer has a few other subtle flavors going on, but they are difficult to describe.

Mouthfeel - This is a pretty full-bodied, and yet it is quite smooth. The initial feel of the beer is heavy, but mid-mouth it just sort of melts.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable, and far from boring. This beer's 6.3% alcohol is bound up in it's flavors, so it sort of feels like drinking a smaller beer.

Comments - This beer is very enjoyable, and is a masterful mix of subtlety and brashness.

Feb 10, 2005
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lowbrau from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dense, light amber head with large, doughy bubbles. Rich, copper body with moderate carbonation.

Smell: Bittersweet and wine-like, with many fruit overtones. The hops gave a mild floral aroma.

Taste: Sweet, but still very clean. It became mellower as it warmed. The light carbonation and the creamy head gave it a very smooth mouthfeel.

Apr 07, 2008
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jonathaniler from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Feb 14, 2013
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twelvsies from Maine

4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Real eye candy. Nice dark ruby red amber color with a substantial frothy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Smell and taste are going crazy. Intensly complex. Up front fruityness, apples and ripe dark cherries, but also with a nice dusty mustyness and creamy English tea element. Soft mellow malts and herbal floral hops. This beer really has so many subtle complexities to it that I'm going to have to start drinking it all the time to really take it all in. And I have no problems with that. It's excellent. Balance, flavor, texture. It's all there. Bottle conditioned goodness. A near perfect ale.

Mar 01, 2005
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KAF from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Jan 17, 2012
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OldTime from Georgia

3/5  rDev -27.4%

Mar 11, 2012
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NorthernSoul from Canada (SK)

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Mar 14, 2014
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horndecker from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint plus 2.6 oz bottle. Best before 10 Nov 05.

Deep dark tobacco and copper look to it. Big head, big bubbles. Sticky lace.

Smell of oranges, toffee, a little yeasty funk, lime candies and fizzies.
The taste is fabulous. Roasted malts, biscuits, buttered sourdough bread and an incredibly smooth and balanced bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is silky and full bodied. Delicious indeed. And oh so easy to drink. Be careful.

Feb 20, 2005
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BeerAndBourbon from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours red with orange with a creamy white head.

S. Caramel, sweet malt, and a touch of mild bitterness.

T. Caramel, more hoppy bitterness than the nose, and some alcohol taste that suggests more than is present.

M. Creamy carbonation with a medium body.

D. Good for a British beer.

Mar 24, 2011
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foogerd from New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper almost caramel colored body with a one inch head.

S- Malty aroma is upfront that translates to caramel and biscuity flavors, some fruity aroma as well with floral notes.

T- Again malty caramel taste dark fruits come in here as well that I would describe as dry raisins. Hops balance out the malts perfectly with a dry bitterness.

M- Wet lively feel up until the finish which drys the palette.

O- Such a classic Ale that I always turn to, to pair with any meal I'm having.

Apr 15, 2011
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Anze from Slovenia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Oct 07, 2013
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Sep 07, 2013
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cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
6.3% ABV

I tried this beer on November 2, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent reddish brown colour with a generous tan coloured head which dissipated into little foam islands on the top of the beer. The aroma is malty with some hints of fruit tones and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a little carbonation, and some bitterness. The flavour is mainly malty, a little licorice, and a little bitterness.

May 12, 2008
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gtermi from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%

This is a very nice beer that pours a dark brown body. There is a sweet malt characteristic in the taste and flavor. This beer also has a tingle on the back of the throat and the jaw as it goes down.

Sep 19, 2014
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Maillard from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Feb 13, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, this is a very nice looking beer - a deep red mahogany colour with a fully and robust head of ochre coloured, crunchy foam. Lacing is sudsy, but thick as expected of an English ale, carbonation is very visible through the clear body, but it only forms in tiny bubbles, and has a ways to work through the thick body. Looks pretty damn fantastic.

Nose is blasted with rich raisin and dried fruit sweetness, muted by a slightly buttery and dry yeast character. Very sweet and full though, and fragrant with spicy characters like Christmas cake. All put together it smells like a thick-cut piece of raisin toast, smothered in fresh butter. It's a lovely aroma.

Taste is full and lightly roasted, with enough of the residual sweetness to smooth over the other characters. Slight twang of metallic bitterness on the back, giving a coppery clean finish, with a touch of boozy phenols and a crisply roast bite. The bite on the back is sharp, and cleans it out nicely, but I could also see this going the route of overwhelming and impressive sweetness, giving big soaked fruit characters to the brew. I'm not sure which I'd prefer.

Feel is smooth on the front, but gets stunted by the sharpness on the back, which really cuts it back.

A lovely beer, and a great example of the English putting a more robust and flavourful beer together. Lovely characters, and a good package all up. Something I could drink with abandon (and some amount of boozy haze) throughout the night.

Dec 23, 2010
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OKCNittany from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Aug 02, 2014
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Nov 07, 2014
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Matagal from Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Jul 17, 2013
1845 from Fuller's
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1161 ratings