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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: 358   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 21, 2007
This one has been saved to celebrate the arrival of young McKinlay #2. Pours a beautiful ruby brown colour with some carbonation at first and a bubbly off-white head. A delicious sweet malty aroma with a hoppy touch reminiscent of dried fruits. The swallow is a journey through an initial tingly touch on the tongue which leads to a creamy palate full of the malty flavours of licorice and ash. The finish sweetens with raisins and then a dry and spicy hop finish. God its good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Simply not ready. I went through and reviewed my notes and the older the Fullers Vintage the more I have liked it. This one is sweet and simple, malty, but not yet integrated or complex. It is a beautiful copper color, totally clear; it will lose its clarity as the bottle conditioning sets in, yeast do their yeasty thing, and die. No doubt the flaovrs will become better integrated as well. For now this is just another pretty face, a really good looking, sweet and simple barleywine. I docked it a couple of points over all because it is just too expensive to be a barleywine, and a relatively low alcohol one at that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
Starts will a small, quickly receeding off-white head. Despite being bottle conditioned, pours clear with a dark amber/red body. The initial quite hoppy aroma is offset by the more malty flavour, with slightly burnt, biscuity notes. Very creamy palate makes it seem more filling and carbonated than it really is. The complexity of the flavours makes this an interesting brew, but some of it gets overshadowed by the creaminess.

   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 (5808) - 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 (4887) - 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 (2925) - 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.

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