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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2006

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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (2919) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. No. 41890. 25MA11.

App.: Slightly hazy deep copper with a decent off-white head. Aroma: Quite fruity, a little nutty, some dark dried fruits and brown sugar, slight molasses notes, sherry, some treacle, a bit of earthy, floral hops, slight wood notes, a little tired but still quite enjoyable. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: Berries, dark dried fruits, some bright fruit notes, brown sugar, hazelnuts, sherry, dark rum, treacle/toffee, a touch floral, alcohol, decent; off-dry with some alcohol and enough bitterness, a decent fruity, dark dried fruit finish.

Pretty good, 5 years later.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4028) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma is cognac, wood, caramel, hints of booze and complex malts. Taste is matching, a complex, smooth blend of delicious sweet caramel-type flavors - just the way I like my strong British ales. Yummy!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheJestersBeer (2060) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep, golden amber, with a firm white head. Big, complex, fruity nose, lots of malt and hops, notes of dried fruits, marzipan, walnuts, almonds, fudge, shortbread, leather and apricots. Fullbodied, dry, creamy, balanced bitterness. Rich, complex, very elegant and fruity taste, malty with subdued hop character, notes of marzipan, walnuts, dried fruits, slightly yeasty, earthy, warming alcohol. Long, rich finish. A masterpiece. (2010-11-01)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Opened this last night thanks to my buddy Jesse! Pours a hazy golden orange with a very thin off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma is bready and citrusy. Flavor is subtle hints of orange, pear, caramel, and leather. Four years really rounded out the flavors into a very complex, delicious beer with a velvety smooth texture and nice aftertaste! I feel like I should have drank this with a good book and a pipe in front of a fireplace! Really well-crafted and balanced! Excited to crack open my 2008 in the next couple years.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 This is probably among the the best beers I have ever had. It was four years old when I had it, and 4 years definitely did the trick for this one. Having tasted several Vintage Ales of several volumes during these past years, this for some reason turned out to be exceptional. It is amazing how this beer managed to be so dark, roasty, herby, and deep, and at the same time, it had the twang of english bitters with twists of fruit, caramel.. The composition is unbelievably rich and complex. I do not know why, but this 2006 was much darker than the other ones Iíve tasted, even the 2002. In addition to the colour, the complexity was just on another level, which is pretty amazing considering how high standard they are to begin with. The situation and serving was also spot on which made the whole experience near perfect. It is hard to think of where to take points off since it was truly inner balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010 courtesy of Mike. Clear amber body with a small off-white ehad. Earthy fruit and alcohol aroma. Earthy flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
bottle, BB2009, via trade with beachbum25, pretty muddy brown orange color with soapy foam ring, whiskey , stewed fruit and molasses aroma, flavor of malty chocolate, figs, creamy vanilla extract, bitter metallic finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2011
0.5 l bottle from Alko (vertical tasting 2006-2010). Amber color. Sweet aroma of toffee, tart alcohol, cellar, bread and vanilla . Sweet toffeish and berryish flavor with caramel, raisins, vanilla and tart alcohol. This fairly close to 2007 version but tastes surprisingly slightly whiskyish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Another nice vintage selection pulled out a the brewery tasting room. Bright copper color with a small head. Nice rich fruity malt character on the nose with sherry and age character showing. Lots of bright fruit in the flavor and a smooth, rich malt character. Low bitterness, and barely any alcohol felt. Very nice aged character is taking over at this point, Liked it much better than the 2009.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle No. 82145. Poured honey brown with a thick beige head. Not unlike the others in this vertical, this has a big yeasty sweet aroma with dark fruit notes, yeast, bread, dough, and raisins. Still has quite an alcohol bite to it from the first sip up until the end. Mild sweet finish. Perhaps the third best out of this vertical, 2004-2007.


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