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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2007

Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2011
03-AUG-2011, bottle @home, present from Morten, kept in my "basement" for a couple of years, tasted side by side with 2009 version. Orange with lasting beige head. Very fruity nose with ripe fruits, apples nuts, and apricots. Taste is the same with even more dried fruits and a touch of maderization. Very barley wine like - surprisingly so. Expected something thinner but this is very full, and quite sweet. Much much better and fresher than the 2009. Wonderfull brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psytron (1876) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2011
Bitter and sweet. Two great qualities in a beer. Thus, great. (This beer rating was imported from FB and unfortunately lacks any further comments.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bp (887) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle No. 142308: pours a cloudy orangish brown with a frothy white head, malty, spicy and citrus aroma, taste is spicy, bitter, dark fruit, slightly sweet, fairly thin bodied with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (568) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
4 year old bottle. Pours reddish-orange, fluffy head which left a ring of lacing on the glass. Aroma of raisins, berries, port. Taste is sweet and a little tart, lots of plum/raisin/dark fruit as well as some toffee and spice. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a bad way. Interesting and quite a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Madeira, oranges and caramel converge over spicy hop bitterness in this tame strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy, dull orange.
-The lightly maderized nose worked harmoniously with the residual sugars.
-Tame tartness peeked through the finish.
-The hop finish was still potent enough to balance out each sip with spicy, leafy bitterness.

4-year-old bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
Bouteille de 500 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de caramel légèrement fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #3566)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
Bouteille de 500 ml, lors d’une dégustation. Arômes de céréales caramélisées et légèrement grillées. Légère touche fruitée. Robe abricot, très légèrement trouble, aucune mousse et effervescence assez faible. En bouche, on retrouve un beau malt Maris Otter typiquement anglais, caramélisé et légèrement grillé. Une amertume moyenne contrebalance bien le sucre des céréales. L’alcool apporte un léger réchauffant en finale. En bonne forme, malgré son âge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1163) - Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Pours rich amber with small white, fizzy head. Smells like mellow alcohol and fruit with some caramel and toffee hops. Tastes like alcohol that fades into a sweet fruits and caramel and toffee, so basically follows the nose. Medium-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and a light, prickly mouth-feel, Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2007, 10th Anniversary, finishes sweet and smooth, with a smile on your face and a desire for more in your mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2011
0.5 l bottle from Alko (vertical tasting 2006-2010). Amber color. The aromas of tart alcohol, toffee, raspberry and cellar. Sweet toffeish, berryish and raisiny flavor with tart, peppery and dry alcohol in finish. This is fairly developed, alcohol note is soft yet fairly strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21720) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
28th February 2008
Rich and sweet malty beer with a trace of Port. Just a few hops in the finish. Smooth and slightly creamy. Nice.

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