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Drinking by numbers

Fullers 1845A couple of beers with no other connection except they are named after the year in which their brewing companies were founded.

Fuller’s 1845 (6.3%), first brewed in 1995 to celebrate 150 years of the Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership.  This is a bottle-conditioned beer, and it is conditioned for at least 100 days before being released for sale – and it is certainly a fine beer, although not necessarily my favourite style.  A strong, sweet beer – you can smell the sweetness as soon as you open the bottle – with strong fruity tones of plums and apricots.  Deep amber, and with a creamy, almost oily texture, and a sweet, syrupy taste – almost cloyingly sweet, but also quite surprisingly bitter.  Certainly stronger and sweeter than I normally prefer, but given the right situation it’s a very nice drink, and it’s one I’ve returned to on a few occasions.

Joseph Holt 1849 (4.5%).  Again, celbrating 150 years of Joseph Holt (“count the rings of experience” as it says on the bottle).  This is more the strength of beer I preferJoseph Holt Bottles – although this, too, is a dark amber beer, but it has a light aroma and a surprisingly light taste for a dark beer.  Beers are often described as “biscuity”, but this one really did remind me of digestive biscuits – a slightly toffee taste as well, but not overly sweet – but having said that, not much bitterness either.  I thought it was fairly inoccuous, mildly pleasant, but without any great taste.  I also found it a bit gassy.  I enjoyed the one bottle, and would probably enjoy another one occasionally, but it isn’t a beer I’d want to drink more than one of.

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