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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2006

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Floor malted Optic malt; Fuggles and Super Styrian hops.
Edition of 100,000
This full-bodied vintage is brewed with Fuggles and Super Styrian hops that create a tapestry of rich, spicy flavours. Orange, citrus and fruitcake notes are all present, and are balanced well with the biscuity, creamy malt flavours leaving a soft and warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
Sparkling dark copper colour with a fizzy white head. Fresh malty aroma with a little citrusy note and just a touch of alcohol making its way through at the end. Brown sugar and raisins also in the nose. The body is very sweet with brown sugar notes. Nicely balanced with a smooth hop bitterness at the end. A bit sweet for my liking, probably because it’s a bit young, but it’ll do for now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2007
Poured a dark copper colour with a nice head. Flavour is hoppy with a lot of booze. Good, but will probably be much better aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pint bottle # 72759 via trade with Walt! - Thanks! - Pours caramel with a fair creamy tan head. Aromas of slight grassy hops, toffee, and big caramel malts mostly. Flavor is lots of caramel, toffee,a good amount of raisin, and a bit of slight hops at the finish give it a good dry bitterness. Palate is malty but very dry.. finishes slightly bitter. Overall very quaffable...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Courtesy of Brewfiend. Overall underwhelming. Light aroma of mild hops and dry malt. Caramel color. Very dry and lacking in flavor, unlike previous vintages I have tasted. Either this is not ready, or they changed the recipe. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Pale copper color with minimal white head. Faint hop odor. Nice caramel malt taste with a hint of port.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Thanks to brewfiend for trucking this back for us. Dark copper color with a thin head. Dull aroma of English hops; I would have sworn by Goldings, but apparently not by the ingredients listed. Bone dry malt flavor. Very dusty and earthy. A bit of hops on the finish. Straightforward and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2728) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2007
Boutelle de 500 ml, #66695. Rousse foncé, mince collet. Arome boisé et caramelisé réchaufant, un peu fruité. Goût un peu réchaufant de petits fruits et de caramel, assé bien mais elle serait meilleur vieilli.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 [176-20070101] 500mL. (Vintage 2006, Bottle #38305. Fuggles & Styrian Hops.) Smells faintly of old yeast, a little like burnt toast. Clear, dark red orange body with a few small centralized bubbles and a creamy off-white foam head. Malted barley-wine characteristics, strong alcohol, hoppy finish is dry and bitter. Medium-full body. Interesting but maybe blending could improve over another six months? Still, a great start to the new year. (6/4/7/4/14) 3.5

[4082C-20111101] 500mL bottle. Mild woodsy grass grain aroma. Slightly hazy, brown amber body with a quick creamy light tan head. Boozy woody grain malt flavour. Full body is quite boozy. Tasty. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(Vertical Tasting w/ DuctTape, jerc, others)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
pours a nice orangy amber with a slight off white head that fades but leaves some nice lacing. aroma of burnt caramel, slight orange with some alcohol. flavor is of dried fruit and toffee with some toasty undertones. alcohol is present but not overwhelming. im looking forward to re-rating this a year from now...and a year after that with the ones im cellaring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2007
(Bottle, no 36516) Clear orange/amber colour with firm off-white head, leaving lots of lacing. Fruity nose with a rather restrained, but solid, malt background. Notes of dried fruit (apricots), orange peel, nuts and floral hops behind sweetish, fiery alcohol notes. Fruity, malty taste with orange, dried fruit, raisins, dark rye bread, hints of chocolate and a long, fiery finish with a solid, grapefruity, hoppy bitterness. Hops mingling well with fiery alcohol and sweet fruit. Medium to full body. Lovely finish. Slightly more restrained fruit than some earlier vintages, but feels more bitter. I’m always impressed by these fantastic vintage ales. Great stuff!

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