HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500ml. Surprisingly light aroma, with sweet dried dark fruits coming through. Pours a clear dark coppery colour with a small off-white head. I know I should have waited, but I just had to try my first 2007. Unfortunately, I found it very sweet and syrupy; almost like an uncooked Christmas pudding mix (do you remember scraping out the mixing bowl after your Mum had decanted the mixture?). The alcohol is warming but overwhelming, at present. Iíve bought a case of the 2007 Vintage and I am sure that they will improve with age. I doubt whether I will be opening another bottle before Christmas 2008!
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt orange body with a thick light head. Very bubbly. Aroma is more consistent with that of a pilsner than an ale with quite a bit of sweetness on the nose. Flavor is also a bit sweet. Very easy to drink, but that is because the flavor is not to overwhelming with just a bit of bitter flavor. Carbonation is not as noticeable on the palate as expected from the appearance.
Arayaga2 (1781) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sedimented amber with medium white head. Aroma is sweet with a hint of wet dog. Taste is biscuity with a bitter and alcoholic finish. Not quite what I was expecting. Looking at the ratings, it would seem this annual special brew peaked around 1999, and declined steadily thereafter. Comes in a nice little box, though. $7/17 oz
Fin (7409) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Waitrose Thame, Oxon, 08-11-07 Tawny coloured pour with off-white head. Slightly elegant nose almost brandyish, lovely soft mouthfeel but the sweetness is a touch cloying despite the bitterness at the end. Powerful and wonderfully warming. Just the weeniest bit harsh at the moment but give it a little while and it will be a stunner, itís still a lovely beer and I sat for 50-60 mins happily supping it.
ekstedt (5433) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle # 52330 from Systembolaget. Beautiful dark amber colour with a medium creamy off-white head. Surprisingly weak malt aroma with some distant caramelly notes and earthy hops. medium bodied with soft carbonation. Quite dry with a moderaely bitter finish. The weakest Vintage I have tried so far.
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of crazy sweet good times (malts, syrup)
The foam is an A- , the head is damn fine while the head is acceptable
wow, very delicious beer and beautifully balanced to boot, some of the flavours in this beer are very pleasing : english malt, honey, syrup..
One more reason to adore Fullers!
#800 here on RB, 808 on BP..
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - OCT 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: amber mahogany color. Medium head and beige color.
Aroma: intensive smells of candy malty and toasty grains; notes reminiscences of toffee, vanilla, wood, nutty and other dry-fruits. Ripe-fruitiness smells similar to red apple, peaches, apricots, and red raisins. Nose with sponge cake, nutmeg and cinnamon notes. Complex and nice.
Flavor: candy and toasty malts, sweet start and very nutty. Progress with reminiscences of cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, alfajor and truffle. Dry-fruit taste like almonds and nuts; too ripe fruity like stone peaches, peel red apple, some banana, plums, raisins and candy oranges. Warming, notes of whisky and old rum. Slightly hoppy finish, with floral touch. Malty and nutty aftertastes.
Palate: medium body with silky texture. Low carbonation.
Complex, nice and good balanced. Exquisite!
I stored other bottle for tasting in the 2010.
larsniclas (5607) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at SBWF.
Amber with a small, beige head.. Malty and yeasty with a lot of sweet, dried fruits and resin. Still a bit thin and unmatured.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very clear for a bottle conditioned ale straight off the truck. I love how British bottles cause the pour to gulp for air and break a head on the beer. Spicy hop, toasted malt and light caramel aroma. Clean, fruity, mild toffee and madeira flavors with spicy and sticky hops contributing some citrus rind notes. Excellent finishing bitterness. Still a tiny bit hot but in 6 months Iíd wager this ale would be tame enough. I will revisit then.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Cask @ St. Albans BF. Amber with a thin off white film. Nose of barley, wheat and malt. Butterscotch, hop and orange in the taste with a little cocoa. Maybe needs a bit of age, judging by the other rates from the fest, but I still enjoyed it. Considering the number of Fullerís pubs around town, itís a shame they donít put their decent beers in them.