|"Appearance: Crystal clear tawny colour with a pasty thin off white lace which clings to the glass very well.
Smell: Mild hint of bread and grain, some malt sweetness and buttery caramel also ... and to add to the pleasure, a good measure of hops in the nose, it’s mild but pleasing.
Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth and layered texture from the carbonation and malty mouth feel. A good dose of bread and biscuit come forth from the malts as does a pinch of fruitiness and malt sweetness. Touch of buttery diacetyl lines up with the caramel and malt flavours. Hops are right on the mark with an ample biting bitterness and a rich lingering leafy earthy flavour. Finishes with a lingering hop and a fruity and buttery mix.
Notes: Indeed this brew goes down as one of the greatest ... bliss in a bottle. BTW this is Fuller's flagship brew. A true ale-drinkers ale. Up there in greatness with the ESB also." —Jason Alström, BeerAdvocate
"Brilliant amber color. Aromas of peach pastry and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long seamless, lemon curd, Devonshire cream, and light leafy hop finish. Classic and irresistible." —Beverage Testing Institute
"Slightly hazy copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves nice lacing. The bouquet is full of resinous hop notes with a strong backbone of toasty, bready malt. Round and satisfying in the mouth, starting off with rich piney notes that transition to fresh vibrant citrus. The finish shows more fruit along with an appropriate dryness, and the moderate carbonation and overall rich, roasty character make this a balanced and enjoyable brew." —Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast Magazine