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. 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.
95 points, BeerAdvocate (Aug 2002)
An authentic English ale aroma of sweet toffee, gentle pear and earthy hops fills the nose. On the tongue, this beer’s a lesson in balance: Biscuit and toffee flavors slowly give way to toasted bread in the back, while a light wash of hops adds delicate earthiness. Gentle bitterness cleans up each sip with precision. With its pleasantly quiet profile and manageable ABV, this is an exceptional session beer.
95 points, Draft Magazine