For the moment I am examining the range of Fuller's beers. The whole range is now available in Dubai and due to the lack of real microbrews, I have no other option as inspecting the best compromises between uniqueness and availability.
I came already across Fuller's before. They have a beer called ESB - an English bitter, which is really good. London Pride, will be the second choice draft beer at Library bar. While it is thankfully different than the usually very similar lager options in bars, it is not blowing me away. A adequate ale,with medium taste, I would say.
I tried also the Indian Pale Ale and as the ESB, it is a bomb. It is concentrated as bitter (yeah, beer should be bitter, and not watery!).
The Discovery Blond Ale was until now the most disappointing. Weak character in my eyes - well truth has to be told: against your pathetic volume lagers (pick what ever brand you like) it seems still a pretty good beer.
But yesterday I've tried the 1845. This is a bottle conditioned strong ale (with 6.5% it is not hat strong), which won't be released before 100 days of maturing.
It pools in a dark amber and releases directly strong roasted malt aromas. But there is also a "dried fruitiness" which is alluring. The taste is bitter, malty, and doesn't take prisoners. I love the concentration of dark ale aromas, and a suggestion of fruit cake.
It is just important, that you don't drink it too cold. Out of the fridge it won't be a treat. I would recommend a temperature of at least 14°C, to get the magic starting- it is even great just below room temperature (like perfect tempered red wine). Yeah this beer is a go!