robinvboyer (4139) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice amber/brownish color. Clear, with a nice eggshell head, with great lacing. Aroma is english hops, smokey malt, and alcohol. Flavour is hoppy, but a tad bit harsh, not very round around the edges. Iíve had the 2004, 2005, 2006 vintages also, and i must say this is the best of the 4 so far right out of the box. These beers tend to really balance, and mellow, and really come together with age, but this one out of the box is by far the most drinkable of all the years iíve mentionned. Iím VERY anxious to see what this is like in years to come.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Very Brittish, but very subdued. I like Brittish when done right. Iím just not skilled enough to explain some of them. This was OK but I think it would be better after aging. I might have to buy another of these. Somewhat whiskey like. I guess itís the burn.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium orangey amber with a very small, white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was light malt and moderate herb and flower hops. The initial flavor was lighlty sweet, while the finish was moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter with a long duration. The flavor had some caramel malt to it, but was mostly flower and herb hops. The medium body was syrupy and a little oily with fizzy carbonation and a moderate alcoholic finish.
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml Bottle 123044 from Country Club Liquors; Nose of caramel, grassy hops, and light spices; dark copper with a big beige head; flavor of hop bitterness, light fruit, and peppery spices; finish is mild hop bitterness.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Golden body with a rapidly dissipating white head. Caramel malts, wood and grass on the nose. Very nice mouthfeel - smooth with a good level of carbonation. The taste is a symphony of caramel, honey, spices and berries, but seems to be lacking something that would push it over the edge into a masterpiece. Iím sure a few years in a cellar would work wonders for this.
ilovedarkbeer (2711) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange golden color. Nose is sour and semi hoppy with some malt. Tastes like caramel and honey and some toffee. Just a good beer and would probably be better with some again.
KwaiLo (3) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spare off white head, didnít last long at all.
Not much smell at all, until I had a first sip, then toffee, nuts and bread.
Alcohol and tobacco at first, and pepper and honey after.
Bottle #27323. I am cellaring 3 more for the next three years. I hope this does improve with age as I have read.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Not going to touch my numbers, just add some notes. This thing is aging very well. Slight oxidization is only minor complaint. The alcohol is still present but faded, the hops are still strong in the taste but not the aroma, and that classic Fullers sweet caramel, bread, and general medium to full body is all there and still complex. A really neat treat this many years on.
Bottle 6748. Always look forward to this time of year - sure, Christmas, but also a new Fullers Vintage! I always try one new and then set 11 more or so down for years to come. Pours a wonderful dark orange with a medium creamy tight head - looks great. Aroma of alcohol, bread, slight fruit notes and a nice sweetness - good. Mouthfeel is delightful - smooth yet tingly, silky and decadent - really nice, certainly the best of any young Vintage I have had. Taste is strong - alcohol is up front, but gives way to a really intense balanced fruitiness and sweetness. Hops present but not as pronounced as maybe last year - this one is all about the fruit/sweet balance and man, they just nail it. Finishes with a slight burn and warming sensation - the Holidays were made for this beer I tell ya and this year does not disappoint. Glad to have one now, canít wait to have more in the years to come.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Bottle. Nose is sweet, indistinct. Some gapes and wood come out as it warms. Deep brown/amber. Lots of fruit, touch of alcohol. Very sweet, a bit too much so. Palate is smooth. Should mellow with age.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey, alcohol, fresh grain nose. Very subdued. Lovely brandy color. Slightly sweet, bready, some alcohol, dark fruits. You can taste several of the flavors trying to come out, but dont.Too immature yet. This beer is meant to age. Good things to come from aging it.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Clear deep amber with a small grey head. Prunes, red berries, pepper, licorice, wood, nuts and spices in the aroma. Full-bodied with notes of spices, berries, plums and peppery alcohol. Long medium-bitter finish of pepper, wood, red berries, prunes and licorice. It already possesses well-integrated flavour. Nice one