BlackHaddock (4009) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loved this: and I don’t normally like beers that have been ’messed around with’.
Boxed 500ml bottle (# 23226) best before the end of 2013, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 30 Aug 2013 at home.
Looked great, full on amber body with a good off-white crown of lasting bubbles on top.
Fruity malt nose with a slight spicy and cognac/brandy/sherry hint.
My sweet tooth really enjoyed the maltiness and rich sherry feel the flavours had. Oaky, nutty and even fruitier towards the end of each sip, not a lot of bitterness to be found at all.
Most likely the best Fullers beer I’ve ever had: their Vintage Ales are excellent as well though.
tlind2 (1144) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #28340. Deep copper color, rich off-white head. Appealing aroma with marmalade and stewed berries. Rich flavor with notes of apples, oak, alcohol, iron and juicy malts. The center is reminiscent of sherry, but the taste mellows out. However, the finish has a bit of alcohol in it despite the age. Full body, medium carbonation. Pretty good, but as I prefer whiskey over cognac, I seem to recall the No 1 being more to my taste.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle with a fellow Siebel student, thanks Tim! Bottle #26753. Pour a mostly clear, amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, but not as fruity as the Armagnac version. Some vanilla, toffee and caramel, cognac with a light alcohol warmth, and wood. Flavor is similar. Some wood and cognac up front with a nice fruitiness throughout. A pleasant vanilla-toffee and caramel with touches of toast. Finishes fairly dry and woody with a nice vanilla, a light malt sweetness, some fruits, and a pleasant cognac warmth. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer. The cognac is distinct and provides a pleasant warmth with a good amount of fruitiness and a solid vanilla-toffee malt backing. Very enjoyable beer.
VsXsV (2404) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, oak, vanilla, apples, toffee, caramel and dried fruit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of light booze, oak, dried fruit and toffee. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. OK, a bit mellow.
Lilja (1713) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smak och doft av humle, farinsocker, karamell, ekfat, whisky, cognac. Balanserad, lagom söt, rund och fyllig. Bra beska.
olio (6393) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Cognac comes through on the nose very distinctively, which is never a bad thing, lots of ripe fruits also. A lot more diverse aroma compared to the fresh sample. Flavor on the other hand isn’t that pleasant, some cardboard notes seem to have appeared here. Still lots of sweet ripe fruit and caramel flavors present though. No noticeable amounts of alcohol coming through. Slightly better with some age though might be at a turning point towards worse.
Rating for aged bottle: 8-3-7-3-14.
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110312.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, sweet caramel malts, some yeast, spice notes and wood. Flavor of caramel malts, faint cognac, ripe fruits and vanilla notes. A bit messy, could improve with age.
Gorm (1376) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Klart lyst øl med minimalt skum. Litt søtt med mye smak av god modnet cognac. Ikke nor lang ettersmak.
nilsas (1621) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nydelig søtlig lukt. Tykk gyllen farge uten å kunne kalles grumset. Preget eikesmak. Noe tørr på smak.
SilkTork (5252) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chris O’s Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Light toffee with whiffs of age. Drinkable and tasty.
CH-303 (1452) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of and shared with Nordcore:
Appearance: Bottle number 18501. Medium brown, some tan head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, roasted. Raisins. Malt, wood.
Taste: Dark fruit, warming, roasted, oak. Some alcohol.
Info: 500ml bottle, 27/12-2012, BB: 31/12-2013