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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2006

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 Original rating (kept this score): Floral, earthy hops over strong caramel and toffee malt base. Clear copper coloured body is crowned by a huge, dense, and lasting, fine bubbled, off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass in clouds of fluffy lacing. Caramel, toasted malts, nutty marzipan, dark fruit, wood, almost a bourbon character with plenty of bitterness but equally strong and lingering sweetness. Very dry medium full body with strong carbonation that prickles the tongue and awakens the tastebuds. Already very, very good. Some sherry-like oxidation might put this into excellence if the body holds up. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (#57014, BB End 2009, BCLS on Commercial, Nov-06).
Rerate (7-4-7-5-15=3.8): Herbal, floral hops are still apparent in the nose with some cereal malt character and light fruity esters. Clear burnished copper coloured body is topped by a low, fine bubbled, tan-cream head that lasts throughout. Cereal and caramel malt sweetness are offset by fair balancing bitterness that keeps the sweetness in check. Medium body with moderate to strong carbonation that is soft bubbled and engaging. Bottle #57960 sampled at the Fullerís vertical tasting session with uhlan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Bottle # 60290. Deep clear dark copper with a large, lasting, frothy tan head. Very peaty aroma, woody malt, alcohol and bitter celery/herbal hops. The taste is coming along nicely, but I think it needs more aging - the astringent peat/wood/ferric malt isnít yet merging well with the alcohol/herbal hop bitterness - but it shows promise - nice tart tree and berry fruit in the background. Solid malty body, decent liveliness, very astringent and alcoholic on the palate and in the long finish ... this is pretty decent as a young beer, but I think it may be one of the better VAís down the road.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10155) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle # 45284. Red amber color. Light malt and hoparoma, still in the bud. Fine hopbitter flavor, raisinny, oily, slightly earthy and alcoholic. Just a touch of salt. Malty sweetish. Long hopbitter aftertaste. Will develop further with cellaring, no doubt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2916) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle. Deep golden brown, lots of streaming bubbles, frothy thin white head. Aroma of toasted malt, sweet caramel, and alcohol. Nutty. Taste - mmm, warming alcohol, sweet caramel, lots of biscuit dryness. Wonderful frothy mouthfeel. So subtle and warming, not overpowering like a young (but tasty) 2005. A perfect winter warmer Ėstands up very well to past Vintages, probably more accessible than last yearís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO as part of their winter collection. Taste in dimple mug. Deep reddish copper colour. This white head remains after initial pouring. Very sweet aroma - figs, nuts, candy floss, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is more balanced, slanting toward the sweet / malty side but with noticeable hoppy bitterness. Alcohol presence is not too subtle in this one, seems like previous years vintages hid the big ABV better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle # 84468. A dark amber brown color with an off-white foamy head. A malty, caramel aroma with a hint of mint. A smooth and spiced flavor with anise and pepper. Complex and full bodied with a smooth thick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1902) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
bottle # 50780woody, spicy some hops, nice orange copper colour, good head when first poured but dissipates fastpepper sweet with good malt character. cant wait to try the others i bought in oh a couple years

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
Light amber-brown colour. Bright. Thin, caramel-tinged head. The aroma might be the best ever for this beer - an outstanding and extremely appetizing blend of spice (mace, cumin), malts (earth, caramel), yeast (shiitake, light sweat) and firm alcohol (white pepper, proper Russian vodka). Full body. Rich caramel and earthy malts highlight a brilliantly-balanced character, alongside a surprisingly complex and enjoyable alcohol blast. This is tempered by a depth of toffee. The finish is again just amazingly balanced between peppery alcohol and toffeeish sweetness. By far and away the best Fullerís Vintage Iíve had. Magnificent, well worth the seven bones. I donít know what the rest of you guys have been drinking, but bottle no. 58573 was pure genius. (Purchased at Brewery Creek).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1493) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2006
#40404. Seriously. Who gives a f_ck what number it is?? This Fullers Vintage Ale is very interesting and complex for the 2006 edition. Quite sexy, spicy and deep for such a pale beer, with obvious richness that will lend to its future development. Clearly this mother is built to put out in years to come, while being surprisingly even-structured if you are such a dastardly fellow as to it consume now. You dastards!!! Twice the beer that the 2005 was. Almost a bit smokey, but thatís not it. Prodigious body. Somewhere between an even-tempered Tripel and a Barley Wine in its aromatic suggestions. Really tasty in its extreme youth. Beautiful. The Natalie Portman of ales, so much to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6390) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 24, 2006
Botlle#50894. (Gift) Medium sweet aroma, gentle hop character (dry and fruity), hints of spice. Dark amber almost pale brown, good pour on top, fine lacing (3+) Slightly shallow up front but flavours show up more in the middle. At first sweet switched into hop notes and finally dry alcohol. Here we can see how young this ale is. A bit rough and to dry at end. I would follow recommendation of brewmaster and try in few years. Fresh sample gets only 12/20.

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