fiulijn (15750) - 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…
yngwie (14669) - 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)
harrisoni (14461) - 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.
saxo (14423) - 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.
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle: Pours orange copper with a creamy white head that drags some handsome curtains. Aroma is very sweet. Almost vinous/port like. Very complex. Sugar , caramel, prune, alcohol & a bit of hops. Full bodied (round), smooth & sticky palate. Pleasant warmth. This is almost as complex as a fine Belgium. Amazing!
Theis (14014) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007. Clear amber - offwhite head. Ryebread, raisins, sweetness, alcoholic, toffee, straw, caramel, honey. A bit too much sweetness & dreid dark fruit. Watery finish.
MiP (13955) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ÅBF08, 2 years old. Weak sherry aroma. Clear chestnut colour. Sweet flavour, hint of sherry. Slightly rough bitterness. Needs more time.
TBone (13359) - 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.
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light amber-brown colour. Bright. Thin, caramel-tinged head. The aroma might be the best ever for this beer - an outstanding and extremely appetizing blend of spice (mace, cumin), malts (earth, caramel), yeast (shiitake, light sweat) and firm alcohol (white pepper, proper Russian vodka). Full body. Rich caramel and earthy malts highlight a brilliantly-balanced character, alongside a surprisingly complex and enjoyable alcohol blast. This is tempered by a depth of toffee. The finish is again just amazingly balanced between peppery alcohol and toffeeish sweetness. By far and away the best Fuller’s Vintage I’ve had. Magnificent, well worth the seven bones. I don’t know what the rest of you guys have been drinking, but bottle no. 58573 was pure genius. (Purchased at Brewery Creek).
Leighton (13012) - 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.