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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2007

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

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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (5811) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Arielís place. Thanks Vladimir. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, honey, some fruitiness, some oxidation and a bit of fruits. Sweet malty flavor, honey-ish, a bit biscuity and fruity. Finishes slightly drier and alcoholic. Medium-bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JUN 29, 2012
At a tasting in Nimrod Rosenblatt house in Haifa during a blind tasting, bottle no. 76552 (Tenth Anniversary), pours very cloudy brown color with off-white head that dissipates quickly, slightly sparkling, smoked and slightly hoppy aroma, sweetish, very malty and caramel taste, flows, alcoholic and smoked aftertaste, overall an outstanding beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvhemert (332) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2012
AROMA: basement aromas, earthy, leather, fruity, woody APPEARANCE: amber, cloudy, frothy quickly disappears TASTE: lightly bitter, light sweetness PALATE: full body, thick feel, lively, long finish OVERALL: interesting full-bodied beer, found the yeast a bit overpowering, gets close to a Belgian strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (681) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
Very unusual tasting beer. Very fruity, with distinct maraschino cherries. Some sherry-esque notes. Grapey. Almost a bit of balsamic vinegar (but not the acidic part!). Subtly carbonated, relatively thin/smooth mouthfeel. Sweet, but definitely not cloying. Nothing outstanding, but definitely an experience.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10226) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2012
Bottled, 500ml (no. 63156) from Sainsburyís in Banbury. Orange amber with no head. This was flat unfortunately. Initially, malty, fruity, quite sweet, then it is overtaken with quite a spiced note, more pronounced than previous versions of this than I remember, quite peppery with a hint of curry powder. Because of the lack of condition there is no real finish to it, itís over and you take the next sip. Itís ok, but certainly not the best vintage.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6833) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to Chris). It pours clear amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is sweet tinned fruit - nectarine, melon, orange and pear and some fruit cake. The taste is sweet tinned fruit, wood, leather, spice, dust and sherry, with a dry, warming finish. Some decent bitterness there too. Full body and moderate, prickly carbonation. Good balance. If you have one of these, drink it now!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1870) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle care of Chris O. Tawny amber almost clear. Nose is bit of sherry, sweet barley malt, orange marmalade. Taste has all the usual characteristics: sherry, caramel, orange marmalade, sweet barley grain, citrous peel, but thereís a crispness to this from the hops and a touch of dryness and bitterness. This is at its best in my opinion. Lighter and less cloying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
Still not sure why Iíve waited this long to even drink one of these... strange. Poured out a clear light orange amber brew with a decent sized bubbly light tan head that settles as a cover and leaves nice ropy lacing that slowly slides back down. 13 mins in to the Oilers v Blues game the oil are being outshot 18-1.... go oil. The nose is quite citrusy for this type of brew with oranges sticking out the most. Caramel is there and a bit of a herbal scent, a hint of biscuit maybe.. not sure. There is not a lot of complexity but some good depth for sure. Iím still impressed with the candy orange aroma. Tasty stuff with a good citrus bite and solid fruit taste with a surge of bitterness that fades quickly from its full strength but lingers for a while. Good spices that border on pepper, a bit of alcohol.. Iíve picked up a background earthy aroma.... more taste: tiniest of chocolate, plum, random fruit mix, you know... I think my taste buds have gotten bored and quit. Itís definitely not an exciting beer but it does taste good... just wish there was a more going on. Orange at the very front of the flavour set. OK carbonation, medium bodied, light dulling spice finish and a light coating on the mouth. If I have another bottle Iím going to let it sit for about 3 yrs before I get to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7610) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 550ml #18172 @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours cloudy deep amber/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (5720) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle, couretsy of yngwie.No 18172.Pours deep golden with an off-white head.Aroma of fruitiness, malt, caramel and floral notes.Flavor is sweet and malty with some warmth, caramel, spices and alcohol. Medium body,average carbontion.Nice beer.


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