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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2006

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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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2007
AROMA: Smelled of butterscotch, with a hint of malt.
APPEARANCE: The bottle said to pour carefully (since it was bottle aged and contained sediment) therefore the beer poured with no head and was a cloudy light copper color.
FLAVOR: This was my favorite part. It was butterscotch, biscuit like malt and alcohol in a very tasty combination. I normally like the alcohol hidden, however in this beer it added another dimension to it.
PALATE: This was a chewy beer, with ample carbonation due to the slow pour and a delicious finish of sweet butterscotch and alcohol.
OVERALL: I loved this beer! This was the first Vintage Ale from Fullers that I’ve had, however it will not be the last. An absolute masterpiece in beer brewing history!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle # 24635. Clear deep amber with fine tan head. Wood, hops, spice and caramel. Lack’s a bit balance, but it will come with age! Still young!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniel0017 (398) - Yukon, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle# 55484: Coppertone body with rich, frothy tan head of two fingers, leaving behind intricate lacing patterns. Floral malt and hops to the nose. The Styrian hops made a big impression here. Flavors of caramels, vanilla, coffee, cream, whiskey and subtle coppery aftertaste came through like a coarse symphony... Mouthfeel was rather astringent, especially after warming up a few degrees. The alcohol presence made no pretense at being hidden either, leaving me with the impression that I had sipped scotch instead of beer. Don’t get me wrong this beer is truly AMAZING. Rich and delicious, complex yet simple. I would be willing to bet that leaving this beer in the cellar for a year or two would have brought the rating up a smidge. That’s why I’m buying another bottle and putting my theory to the test!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pours with very little head. Very nice reddish-brown color. Aroma is a very fulfilling mixture of English malts, Fuggles hops, and sherry notes. Lots of Caramel/Crystal malt aromas. Possibly some peatiness or smokiness in there too. A very complex concoction of smells. Unfortunately, that was where it ended for me. Tastes surprisingly thin and un-complex for being 8.5% alcohol and 2 1/2 years old. Improves somewhat as it warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2009
Tasted with and on behalf of Donfardz64 and Demise :) .... On the nose: A caramel malt dominates. Some herb notes, crisp apple with other simple fruit. Floral notes, some yeast. Flavours: Much less sweet than a 2008. A little more complexity in the bitterness. Not just alcohol, but possibly some hops. Still kind of cloying and hard to drink .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 500ml bottle, #53966 - pours a deep copper colour with a two-finger bone white head. Aroma is of flowery, fruity hops, balanced by smooth caramel malts. Sweet and a little bit woody. Smells great! The mouthfeel on this is also awesome - very creamy. Flavour is quite hoppy, a bit nutty, and nicely rounded malts. The alcohol is a bit present, but otherwise well hidden and I think this will improve as the beer ages, as it is quite young right now. Good bitterness in the finish, and the flavour stays in the mouth a long time. A very good ale that I’m sure will only improve as it ages - I’m glad I bought a few of these to cellar. I will revisit this review in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JUN 15, 2008
pours a light red brown, i smell mostly molasses, the flavor has a subtle malt flavor full of molasses. this is my first vintage ale and i’m very impresses with it, i can’t wait to get my hands on some of the other ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grandgenie (259) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
Dégusté le 14 décembre 2006 avec french tickler,dans un english pint. D’apparence cuivré claire avec peu de mousse brun pâle qui colle bien au verre. Arômes de pain, poivre, houblon, beurre, un trait de vanille et bois de chêne. Iincroyablement bien balancé. Saveurs de caramel, noisette, sirop d’érable et cassis. Un bon goût d’alcool délicat avec un profil de vieillissement interressant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2006
(Bottle No. 48877; BBE 2009) Toffee, alcohol and slightly roasted malty aroma. Amber colour, slightly hazy and average size, light brown, very slightly lasting head with fair lacing. Toffee, slightly fruity and very bitter flavour. Medium to full-bodied, softly carbonated, sticky and slightly alcohol (warming) palate. Very good strong ale! 08/10/06

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2007
2006 bottle. The first half pours an uninspired medium gold with no head, lots of carbonation, no lacing. Light sweet hop aroma. First taste knocks my head back with sugary sweetness. It gets better, but it still remains quite sweet all the way through. This is the second beer in a row that I’m judging as too sweet - after the Sam Adams Double Bock from yesterday. The alcohol is noticeable - and rather welcoming, I must say. This was my first of this series, though I didn’t let it age since I am about to move house.

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