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 (2573) - 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
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle, No. 07888. Bright copper colour with a mostly lasting frothy and creamy off-white head. Rich caramel aroma with toffee, woody, and leafy notes. Rich and smooth caramel, raisin, and light cherry flavours with a woody, fruity, and earthy bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth and lightly chewy mouthfeel. A touch of alcohol sneask in at the end, but not much for an 8.5% abv beer. Pretty good, but not the world beater past vintages have been made out to be. Still, itís nice to have this available locally to be able to grab a couple more for the cellar.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful clear amber with a decent but short-lived creamy head. Aroma is at first quite alcoholic, but opens up into a lovely malty aroma with notes of light fruit (apricot, peach, etc.) Tastes surprisingly strong - scotch-like malting (lots of caramel) with plenty of alcohol and a lovely lingering & warming hoppy finish. Delicious! A bit sweeter than I was expecting, but with good hopping to balance - yet not as hoppy as 2006ís vintage. Body is low to moderately carbonated, not too thin but not particularly creamy. This beer will definitely benefit from a few years of aging, and I intend on stocking up. Very nice dessert beer, a real treat!
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500ml). Bottle # 29396. Bright clear copper pour, large lasting frothy off-white head. Light caramel malt, alcohol and slightly soapy floral hops - lightly acidic and funky, very pleasant (almost a 7), although it seemed a little cooked-veg initially. Sweet light roast caramel malt, nice fresh grain, a nice little sting of alcohol, a hint of tangerine and smoke, good light UK hops framing it all. Average body, nice astringency, a little sticky on the lips, and a lingering alcohol presence stays with the malty linger. This oneís pretty much ready now - the alcohol may mellow a bit with age, but the malt and bitterness are restrained and seem to work well together. A nice drinking VA this year.