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KRIS PRASAD is Wine Editor of THE NIBBLE™.


August 2006

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Beer

Fuller’s Beer

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It’s barbecue season, and you’re going to need a cold beer to wash down that burger. While the English may not do barbecue, they certainly do beer; and Fuller’s is one of Britain’s best. Patriotic types may wonder, why drink an imported beer when there are so many excellent American ones to choose among?

Consider a few facts about Fuller’s: the company has been around since 1845, and is housed in a location that has had a brewery on it since 1654, before the United States even existed! The heritage shows. Fuller’s also has won more CAMRA awards than any other brewery in the world. CAMRA, (CAMpaign for Real Ale) is an independent consumer organization in the United Kingdom whose mission is to promote real ale. We at THE NIBBLE wanted to learn more about Fuller’s, and we were more than happy with what we found.

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This ale has a dark mahogany color and a head of foam more beautiful than whipped cream on a chocolate cake. The taste begins with intense flavors of dessert spices, and quickly arcs to a bitter cherry finish. This is a bottle-conditioned beer, which means that yeast was added just before bottling, as does in Champagne production. This enables the beer to last longer, and gives it that high alcohol content. This is a beer that pairs particularly well with barbecue. (6.3% abv.)

Rating: 3


fullers 1845


ESB stands for Extra Special Bitter. Unctuous and intense on the palate, a sip of this beer reminds us of beautiful music. There are fine bead-like bubbles usually found in a true Champagne, and we would go on to dub this the Pol Roger of beer. The alcohol content is 5.9%, and though, like the 1845, is a beer best appreciated with food, it can also be enjoyed on its own. Irresistibly good. (5.9% abv.)

Rating: 4

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London Pride

The London Pride has a copper-gold color, and a fruity and aromatically persistent taste. It has a medium body and comes on strong, but flattens out with a dry and slightly bitter finish. A nice ale, but not one of our favorites here. (4.7% abv.)

londonpride Rating: 2.5

Fuller's Beer

London Porter

This is a really impressive beer, from the time it’s poured to the time it’s gone. It’s impossible not to be struck by the porter’s dark mahogany color and its mild foamy head. It almost looks like iced coffee. The aroma: a simply amazing nose, full of complex notes such as caramel, coffee grinds and honey-roasted nuts. Now comes the really important part: drinking it! It manages to be quite full-bodied without ever seeming too heavy. A mouthwatering acidity keeps the sweet fruity flavors in perfect balance, and we would say that the entire taste profile is seamless. Another perfect rating. (5.4% abv.)

Rating: 4




Ale and Porter

  • 500 ml Bottles
    $1.29 to $4.49

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