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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2006

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 346   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheresthepath (1622) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
[Bottle from the Six Bells pub/ Fullers website at the Thame Food Festival] Deep, slightly hazy amber with a thin white head. Lots of raisins up front, then orange pours through. Rich, vinous and heady like a quality sherry. There’s some Christmas cake in there, and some spiciness too - pepper and nutmeg. The alcohol is evident, but is kept in check; the sweetness works well with a late, light, earthy hop bitterness. A sumptuous, beautiful beer that I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to have tried!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Aroma is sweet malts caramel, toffee, slight vine. Appearance is reddish darkish brownish. Taste is sweet and sticky, follows the nose in a fulfilling way. Palate is lingering and not hot. happy to have gotten my hands on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2409) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
This is my first try of any Fuller’s Vintage Ale. I have purchased all since 2004, but have always cellared them. Bottle No. 68108. Pours a slight hazy copper-amber colour with foamy beige head, average retention (which is not bad for a brew with a high ABV) and decent soapy lacing. Very sweet nose with caramel, burnt sugars, butterscotch, but balancing things with some dark fruits (prunes, figs, plums) and with notes of oranges, spices and alcohol. No burning from it in the mouthfeel though. Just slight dryness. Smooth tasting and not as sweet as the aromas give out to be. Well blended after all those years with hints of Cointreau, toffee and dark fruits. Pretty nice English Strong Ale with the alcohol still showing, but nicely balanced with all of the other goods. Notes: do not think aging this one 3 years past the best before date really helped all that much (as the taste got milder, but the alcohol is still there).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16117) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
17th July 2010
Cloudy amber - brown beer. Creamy head. Sweet milky malt nose, a tad oxidised. Slightly soft palate, a little dry. Milky sweet malt, a little orange, toffee caramel. Spicy finish with a carbonated bite. Decent but nowhere near the best of the vinatges.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10661) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
Bottled, 500 ml (No. 92,946) from Sainsburys in Banbury. Orange amber with white head. Full, fruity maltiness, quite smooth on the palate with an easy spiciness, rounded, cake like, followed by orange juice. It is all quite subtle and tasty. The close is a touch on the sweet side with a deep sultana hint. All very pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear deep amber, with a thin white lace. The nose is gingerbread, fig, nut, wood, orange peel and spice. The taste is wood, leather, dust, spice, fig, raisin, nut and alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and moderate, prickly carbonation. Not as sweet and syrupy as previous vintages. Has stood the test of time.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny brown, almost clear. Nose is marmalade, bit of orange citrous, spicy orange peel and alcohol. Taste is marmalade, spicy orange, alcohol which is quite raw, but again this is crisper and fresher than the older ones and for me getting closer to optimum condition. Still some hop and herbal bitterness. It’s light and less cloying than the older versions.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2100) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
Yum time. Burnt orange with a medium sized off white cap. Wonderful fruitcake aromas swirl out of my glass, dulled cherry pie, strong and commanding at all times. Mellow fruity spice and brandy. Very nice - no oxidized notes. The taste is not that far off form the aroma but for once, at least for me, the flavour supersedes the aroma. Mild spice that hints at some alcohol, a marzipan-like chocolate, crust, there is bitterness - after 5 fucking years there is still bitterness - amazing! Light fruit sweetness, a bit drying, faintly caramelly, rum, dried fruits of some kind, old apricot (whatever that tastes like), yum. Drinking this too quickly dulls or numbs my precious taste buds. Smooth feel, good carbonation, some alcohol and bitterness on the finish. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (1963) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
500 mL bottle. Translucent ruby-orange with a medium, beige head. The aroma is ripe fruit (peaches & apples) and sweet caramel. The flavour is very impressive - perhaps the best Vintage I’ve tried, with fruit (add some tangerines) and caramel, bitter herbs, spice, honey, and raisin bread. Body is very good. This has held up remarkably well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2011
bottle from plan-b (R.I.P). Cloudy brown, large creamy offwhite head. cake, citrus, spices, malts, fruits in the quite complex aroma. Also a mix of booze and spices. Flavor is licorice, spices, brown cakes, malts, spicy hops, fruity note. This bottle does not seem to be going downhill even though it’s 5yr+ old, and best before 2009.


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