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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2007

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A classic Vintage Ale with an aroma which incorporates spicy hop notes with rich fruit character and leads on to a very full malty, fruity, sweet palate which has a surprisingly clean finish coupled with a matching bitterness.
I have handcrafted this beer from the finest Fuggles, Target and Super Styrian hops, Maris Otter malted barley and of course, our unique yeast to create a truly extraordinary unique brew. - John Keeling, Brewmaster

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle pours a vibrant golden amber with a light mid-sized head. My only wish is that the grassy note was slightly more subdued. Perhaps it will mellow out in a short time before I have my next bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
This beer pours a deep rich amber color with a medium tan head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aromas are strong malt with a little spiceness as are the flavors. This is a fabulous beer! just go get one and drink it now!! Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
Cask at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007
Beautiful amber color; still. The aroma is simple. The mouthfeel is strong, with some good sweet malt, a bit oily, but nothing special. A bit warming. Powerful but not impressive.
A bottle is awaiting in the cellar, for better days...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2606) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Hazy amber, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is earth, caramel, moderate to light hops. Medium bodied, some alcohol in the finish, somewhat sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2007
Aroma: very nice, reminiscent of yellow raisins. A very specific fruity/citrusy sourishness one more commonly finds in Belgian ale. Lovely, fresh hops, sweet, caramel malt. Hints of strawberry bon-bons and lime. Acorns.
Appearance: copper towards warm golden hue. Clear body. Yellowish fluffy head.
Flavour: begins with porridge and syrup. A sweet malty flavour that soon delves into some nice hop bitterness. A bit cloying unfortunately. Big, fruity and slightly funky. Roasted chestnuts. Vanilla & cherries.
Palate: very smooth. The body Iíd expect from a much heavier beer. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle 08394. Card in the box says 50,000 bottles in 2003 and now 150,000 in 2007. Rich lasting head on dark amber. Didnít realize the ABV till I sniffed the half empty glass. Aroma of alcohol, toffee and spice. Thick spicy body. Like a Christmas cookie. Heavy malt. Restrained hops, builds nicely, along with the alcohol, as the beer warms and as the you "work" through the glass. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle #32497, LDB Middlegate
Golden-amber colour. Bright (actually no trace of residual yeast at the bottom of the bottle either). Thin head. Earthy, mushroomy nose with hints of obscure UK hops and diacetyl. Complex character - earthy, chalky, minerally - is more reminiscent of Yorkshire than London. Caramelly and toffee malts, lots of earth, hops like Typhoo tea and a brawny, woody, alcoholic finish. Damn fine - not as stellar as last yearís but an impressive bottle nonetheless.

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