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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4522) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10564) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle at Horsens beerfestival. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, alcohol, hop. Flavour is malt, alcohol, fruit, caramel, sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20759) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy amber coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits. Flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2006
500ml bottle from Waitrose. Pours a deep copper colour with a thin white head. Aroma is alcoholic, malty and slightly spicy. Noticeable alcohol and hoppy bitterness to taste with some caramel and peppery notes. I have tried the last few vintages when they are very fresh like this and of all of them this is probably the least impressive Ė itís brash and lacking that rounded sweetness from previous vintages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13562) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2006
Bottled at Horsens Beerfestival. Clear golden with a nice off-white head. Malty aroma with alcohol and some hops. Malty flavor as well, with beef-stock and some hops. Full body and a finish with alcohol and sweetness. Not mature enough yet, but a promising beer. (061028)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle. Sharp, caramel malty, hoppy aroma and taste. Medium body with a sweet finish. Iīll try it again next year and the bext year and ......

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