fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 year old
Fuller’s Vintage Ales are a good excuse to use my beautiful original glass from Cuvée de l’Ermitage Grand Cru. It pours a wonderful dark amber color, with a huge creamy head. In the beginning I get a quick impression of rum; the aroma is not particularly strong, malty. Full bodied, quite silky texture; a well balanced caramel takes the great share in the taste, and it becomes stronger drier and darker to the end. Warming. Well made, flawless, very solid, but not exciting. Is it my flavor? I can’t find anymore the spell of the first Vintage Ales I tasted a few years ago…
Leighton (18017) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Caspar’s Running Toilet Tasting. Pours clear amber with a light, white head. Mild nose, some leaves, light must. Medium sweet flavor, some booze, toasty sugar, light caramel. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, notes of plum and fig, mild caramel, sugar, some alcohol. Pretty nice, but could actually probably use a few more years to soften the edges.
rlgk (17295) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle no. 53271. Nice amber color, great offwhite/yellowish head.
Malty aroma, some almond and nuts, yeasty notes and some fruits.
Malty flavor at first, with quite alot of toffee, A nice bitterness takes over and gives the beer a nice balance. Peppery notes, some raisins and sweet fruits. Pleasant bitter finish.
Rasmus40 (16995) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 110614
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500ml bottle from Barrow Boy and Banker. Bottle number 17701. hazy russet as barmaid poured the sediment in. Thick lasting beige head. Raisiny aroma, good dry malt, some peppery hop. Very hot and peppery in mouth. Good Christmas cake. Bit of mustiness on aroma. Sweet malt and white pepper. I lke the spritzy white pepper hop mixed with the rich Xmas cake. Tangerine and orange peel. It’s just so stunning. The tart tangerine really works vs the rich dry malt. Some sticky malt on aroma. But I love the assault on the senses and how it makes me feel. The euphoria is lovely. Sherberty hop. God, I love this beer. OK, so I’ve had a few halves and I have the prospect of meeting up with Reakt and Knut Albert, but even still, this is special. I love the malt hop mix. Unbelievable, just too syrupy still on the malts. Alcohol never intrudes.
Koelschtrinker (16429) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Karamellige Malznoten, schokoladig, stärker werdend. Komplexe Malzigkeit, geringe Alkoholigkeit. Recht gut trinkbar, trocken, gut. 11/11/11/11//11
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, from the brewery shop, during the Fullers Vintage mass online tasting - 11/12/12. Bottle #14779.
Pours a slightly hazed orange brown with an off white head that quickly dissipates leaving a few small bubbles atop the glass.
Nose comprises sweet sugars, toffee apple, rhubarb, prunes, orange, fruit cake and a hint of booze.
Tastes of sweet toffee, sugars, bread pudding with syrup, dried fruits, caramel, touch of booze but very well integrated.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate.
Overall a very good vintage, sweet complex and well balanced.
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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)
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle no 13762. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are wood, malt, caramel, fruits and hops. A little oxidated.
TBone (15904) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #46017, BBE 2009.
Clear dark copper brown, good tan head. Woody, ashy and nutty hoppy aroma with light notes of caramel and licorice. Liquerish mouthfeel. Licorice and alcohol dominates the flavors. Salty and hoppy finish. Needs cellaring to get more rounded, but nice as such already. Typical high-ABV Fullers it is.