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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2006

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


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RATINGS: 349   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2006
Drank in an English pint. Clear copper poor with a THICK sticky light brown head. Aromas are of bread, peppery, hoppy, butter, a hint of vanilla and cask. Incredibly well balanced beer. Flavors are exploding. Flavors of caramel, nutts, maple syrup and casis. You can definitely the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 500 ml bottle, shared with StompBrockmore at a festive event - pours a clear orangey hue with a nice white head. Really fruity aroma, some malt, and a surprising amount of alcohol. Again, the alcohol in the mouth is surprising, but it goes well with an array of other flavours present - plum, cinnamon, broen sugar, and some nice English hops. A very nice malt balance as well. Almost tasted like a spirit rather than a beer, partially because of the warm alcohol, and partially because it carried an oakiness in the aroma and in the middle of the palate. As it stands, it still tastes fairly young, but it will age very nicely, Iím sure. I will surely rerate this in a few years, assuming I still have some of this vintage left. Grand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle(85222) from BevMo. Pours a medium/dark amber color. Lookskind of like a brandy color. Sweet, fruity, hoppy aromas right up front. Some sugar and dark fruit. Thick and rich right up front some roasty malty dark fruits and quite a bit of bitterness. Some alcohol is present. Finish has a hoppy bitterness along with some sugary sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle from the LCBO. Ah, one of the highlights of my beer year comes around again. Pours a clear, bright orange-amber with a small, frothy white head that leaves some lovely lacing. Aroma of biscuits and fruit to start, opening up as it warms to reveal sugar and herbal hops, and tingly alcohol warmth. Flavour is like a solid English pale ale laced with a half-shot of warm, smoky whisky - oh, yesssss, this is nice. My only (minor) complaint is that the alcohol is a little hot and drying in the finish, especially as it warms up, but I think some ageing with take the edge off. I look forward try trying this again in a year or two, alongside the bottles Iíve got stashed away from the last couple of vintages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2006
The Fullerís Vintage Ale release is one I await with annual anticipation. The fact that such an awesome brew is obtainable in the beer hell that is Ontario is almost a miracle. This one is liquid mahogony/tan leather capped with billowing beige froth, leaving spiderweb-lace. Itís very aromatic in the way you would expect a scotch to be. Thereís a hint of iodine at first, followed by heavy crystalized malts/burnt sugars/butterscotch and this is all wrapped up in a sipcy, floral, hoppy blanket. Sound complex? It is.the flavours are awash with full on deep rooted english malts (sweet caramel, brown sugar/butter) lots of spiced up hops here with a dash of whisky (wood, iodine). Lingering malt based finish, very warming and spicy. The complexity will leave you breathless. Keep this one away from the kiddies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle #77392 51F Trappist. Sweet aroma, light hops, reminds me of a light brandy. Very clear amber color, with a thin head. Very large taste, still quite young in the bottle with definate room to mellow and blend. Sweet prunes, dark fruit definately dominate this brew, light to bitter hops dominate, alcohol notes are present but not substantial. This brew is definately growing on my taste buds, very nicely done, great body structure. Based on appearances I was expecting something lighter, but the taste is quite reminiscent of a big belgian. Gonna pick up another bottle to celler for a few years and give it a try later. Very well donel, bloody brewers at fullers strike again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 500ml bottle, #53966 - pours a deep copper colour with a two-finger bone white head. Aroma is of flowery, fruity hops, balanced by smooth caramel malts. Sweet and a little bit woody. Smells great! The mouthfeel on this is also awesome - very creamy. Flavour is quite hoppy, a bit nutty, and nicely rounded malts. The alcohol is a bit present, but otherwise well hidden and I think this will improve as the beer ages, as it is quite young right now. Good bitterness in the finish, and the flavour stays in the mouth a long time. A very good ale that Iím sure will only improve as it ages - Iím glad I bought a few of these to cellar. I will revisit this review in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiogŤne (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2006
500 ml bottle. Clear copper with a medium white head. Aroma is floral hops, caramel, alcohol, nuts, toasted malts, and dark fruits. Taste is earthy and nutty, with a well balanced taste, toasted malts and floral hops. Medium to full body. Very good overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadIndian (2512) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle #78507 sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours amber/copper with a small off white head. Aroma of fuggle hops and caramel malts. The flavor is slightly sweet, caramel in the flavor, and finishes with a metal hoppy bitter finish. Disappointing brew.

   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.

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