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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: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - JAN 7, 2013
Stopped regular rating 22nd Oct 2012 so this is one of one of my occasional ratings, had this for the Online Mass Rating for Fullers Vintage on 11th December 2012 This beer was better than the 2004 but maybe not quite as good as the 2011. Plenty of orange and whilst quite sweet, it is a sweetness that works rather well. Fruity with a hefty maltiness, some toffee and quite warming but not to heavy on the alcohol front, it has definitely mellowed with age. Reasonable carbonation, looks good and drinking very well. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (1432) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 28, 2016
Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has dark fruits and caramel with a hint of alcohol. Taste is really balanced with caramel malt and earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weark (654) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bouteille achetée Au Grain D’Orge en 2010 – Bouteille N°01070 - De couleur brune avec une fine mousse blanche qui diminue assez vite pour ne laisser qu’un petit col – Au nez des arômes de madčre, de malt caramel, biscuits, un nez sucré par le malt, fruits confits, prune, figue et raisin – En bouche un peu d’amertume apparait, toujours beaucoup de fruits sec et de fruits confits, raisin figue, prune, malt doux – Corp moyen, amertume légčre/moyenne, carbonations légčrement plate, douce mais qui commence légčrement ŕ devenir aqueuse – Gouter en parallčle avec une 2010 et une 2014, c’est clairement la meilleures des trois, il ne faudrait pas la garder beaucoup plus longtemps. Mais vraiment extraordinaire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle #54356. Slightly hazy reddish brown. Decent cap that remains a thin blanket. Aroma of raisin, plum, caramel, alcohol, fig. Taste is sweet, and slight umami. Palate is medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, warm slightly dry finish. Held up great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1314) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2015
(Bottle 06414) Slightly hazy reddish brown with tiny short-lived tan head. Pleasant aroma, primarily toffee with hints of raisins, port and burnt sugar. Full-bodied, slightly oil, slightly sticky giving lovely rich smooth mouthfeel, with fine prickly carbonation. Rich warming taste. Rich toffee sweetness is the dominant flavour. This is partnered with raisins and alcohol, reminding me of Tokay. There’s some burnt sugar bitterness in the background providing balance. Maybe a hint of plums or prunes. There’s a little bitterness in the finish, but it more burnt sugar than hops. A very fine strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (1692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 Vintage 2006 (opened in 2015) Pours a chestnut red ale, with some foam that dissipates quite soon, which is only normal after 9 years of ageing. The smell is quite rich, with caramel sweetness and a very strong brandy feel up front, followed by dried fruit (figs and raisins) and a hint of alcohol. Smooth texture with light carbonation, warm to the feel, it tastes like caramel, toffee and dried nuts, and also figs and brandy. The finish and after-taste are slightly bitter. The alcohol is perfectly incorporated in this ale - it’s present in the smell as well as taste, and feels like it belongs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle breached on 06/21/15. Pours cloudy amber with very small white head. Nose is complex. Apricot, dates, caramel, sherry, vanilla, orange on the tongue very late. Malt sweetness is intense. Not bitter. Caramel cream mouthfeel. There are spice notes maybe nutmeg? It is BLOODY good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4438) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
330ml bottle tasting alongside a 2004 @ 12th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, April 15 courtesy of Mike. More fruitcake here than the 2004. The aroma seemed a little stunted at first but really starts to shine the more it stands. Lovely and complex, and much smoother and more drinkable than the 2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6384) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2015
Bottle 25578 shared along side a 2004 version at the 28th April 2015 Shrewsbury Bottle Swap Meeting (five of us). Brown with not much of a wispy head to mention. Fruit cake with nuts in both the aroma and taste, not as smooth or mellow as the 2004, but getting there: still a very drinkable beer and a joy to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (685) - HUNGARY - APR 6, 2015
Nem tudom, hogy ittam-e már valaha kilenc éves sört, mindenesetre elgondolkodtam azon is, hogy a tízes szám vonatkozásában tegyem fel a kérdést egy év múlva, ekkora türelemmel azonban jelen pillanatban nem rendelkezem. Árpaborhoz hasonlatos árnyalatban tetszeleg a koros angol főzet, melyhez a leírás alapján csakis a legnemesebb összetevőket használták a mesterek. Sugárzik belőle az érettség jellege, az aszalványok, mézédes maláta, must, mazsola és marcipán koktéljának matt aromái megszínesítik a levegőt. Az idő vasfoga képtelen volt megrágni a vibráló test élénk szerkezetét, jótékony harapdálásai azonban cseppet sem váltak kárára a főzetnek. Mérsékelten száraz karakter lapul meg a kompozíció közepén, mely körül félédes fehérbor, barley wine, vehemensebb tripel és visszafogott quadrupel jegyei egyaránt megcsillantják bájukat; brit és belga stílusú kavalkád olvad remek harmóniába. A korábban említett aromák mindegyike megtapasztalhatóvá válik az ízlelőbimbók számára is - karakteresen komlózott mazsolalé komplex, elegáns alkoholokkal fürdetett hangulata gömbölyű vonalaival festi meg a vásznat, mély és tartalmas kortyokkal ajándékozza meg szerencsés fogyasztóit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear amber color with a thin soapy off white head. The aroma was sweeter caramel, ripe fruits and yeast. The flavor has sweet caramel, doughy malts, ripe fruits, some citrus, decent. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat viscous. Good to try once.

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