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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: 349   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
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…

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14669) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2006
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)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14461) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14423) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle no 13762. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are wood, malt, caramel, fruits and hops. A little oxidated.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
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!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (14014) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13955) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle at ÅBF08, 2 years old. Weak sherry aroma. Clear chestnut colour. Sweet flavour, hint of sherry. Slightly rough bitterness. Needs more time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13359) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2006
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2006
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).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13012) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2011
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.


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