Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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).
DerWeg (1431) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
#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.
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Trev (1844) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange-copper with a thick bubbly tan head. Aroma is initially sweet malt with some smokiness, then earthy grass hop. Flavour started with the first sip very sweet. Malt quickly overtaken by the dry blunt bitterness. Some dark plum-ish tones.
Very enjoyable for me.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orange amber with a thick persistant tan head.Sweet malty aroma with some citric hop notes, caramel. Sweet malty flavour, bitter hops. This could do with a bigger malt base as it feels kind of thin. Maybe some cellar time will help.
CapFlu (4370) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(500ml bottle) Purchased at the BC Liquor Store at Fairfield Plaza, Victoria, for a totally unreasonable $6.99. Highly carbonated deep orange amber body with a lofty, frothy tan head. Nose of roasted malt and almonds. The texture is rather oily and nice but the flavour is a tad bland: malty and dried apricots.
gunnfryd (9948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Horsens beerfestival. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, alcohol, hop. Flavour is malt, alcohol, fruit, caramel, sweet.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 55799. Pours a crystal-clear pale-reddish brown, with a small silky head. Aroma of toffee, coriander, slightly sweet. Very nice. Slightly vinous (dates?) very present toffee with very present hopping, lingering well into the aftertaste along with nuts & toffee. Reminds me of the ESB, but a few more unfermentables and more fruity. Peppery taste of Fuggles - Iím not as familiar with Styrian. Iím not sure if itís the hops or the optic malt, but thereís a slight grassy taste as well. Carbonation a bit intense - I will pour a big head next time and let some of the gas out. Overall, a wonderful complex beer, but in need of a few more years to mellow out.
joergen (19665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits.
Flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits and hops.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is clear reddish amber with a tight bubbled off white head...smell is nutty and sweet with caramel, molasses, pepper, and hints of alcohol...taste is probably one of the best for a fresh Vintage...nice sweet caramel and nutty flavors surround by a strong bitterness and lingering alcohol...age will help this more than the last several years vintages...actually I havenít had an 04 in about a year...maybe Iíll go chill one now...the finish is rugged and abrasive with strong bitterness and peppery flavors and hot with alcohol...this one will be an adventure...