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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2007

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Formerly brewed at Fuller’s
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 324   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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zimbo (605) - SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle No 79844 Tenth Anniversary Bottle nose showed some spikiness, roastiness, a touch of slight white pepper. Very very easy head, magnolia to beige. A copper oranginess with typical sparkles. Body is medium to full, some sap, some glossiness. On the tongue there is banana, dried fruit and an almost whiskiness to it. Dried glace fruits, some brown sugar. So complex with a long dry end. As good as any beer you’ll ever have had from any brewer, anytime, anywhere. Maybe better. Just spectacular.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle at friend’s house, thanks Nimrod, super rich malt, very rich caramel, orange jam, very bisquity, honey, weak roasted notes, light hoppy bitterness all the way through, a real treat, a malty masterpiece.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle, three years in the cellar. Snifter. Copper colour, no head. Wonderful aroma: fresh fig, raisin, candy sugar, very sweet and fruity. Full bodied and thick. Malt forward flavour of dark fruit. More fig, toasted malt, caramel, raisin, date. Booze has mellowed. Maybe a slight hint of tobacco in there. Finish is very long with dark fruity malt. Superb.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle #18549. Bright amber with a white head. Malty aroma with a peachy fruitiness. Rich, alcoholic Christmas cake taste, sweet, malty and utterly smooth. Little bitter touch at the back of the throat. Top ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1469) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 14, 2009
Appearance: Dark brownish red. Quite cloudy. Little head. Bottle no 66681. Aroma: Some dark malt. Prunes, some alcohol. Taste: Dark malt. Raisins, prunes. Info: 500ml bottle, 11/1-2009, (171/300)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 500mL bottle thanks to Tupalev, big thanks Jeff! I was going to put this one off for a while, but alas, I just couldn’t help myself. Pours a hazy ruby with a big, but quickly dissipating rich khaki head. The aroma is complex bliss, sharp hop character, pineapples, caramalt, and an almost sour yeasty aspect to it which is very intriuging. Nice! Flavour is even better, caramel candy sweetness all the way through with faint Brit hops adding a bit of balance. Subtle biscuit aspect is in there too which I really like. Minor toffee, smoke and tobacco flavours show up as it warms. Very thick and chalky feeling which I like, feels ’big’. Yeasty esters abound with a dry finish. This is a fantastic beer. Bottle # 05117.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Has a sweet cherry scent which follows through to to the taste...sweet cherry with subtle hoppiness with a floral finish....very nice, and I managed to get #131,026 in the series

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2531) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014 Bottle from Tesco, Hexham; Beer Ritz, Leeds; UtoBeer. 2007 Vintage: Drank on 2014-01-11 Aged for 7 years, hazy orange-amber coloured with sweet oak and vanilla flavours, red fruit and orange with a slight aged, leather and sweet red fruity finish; Drank 2011-08-02. Dark cloudy brown in colour with a rich warming caramel, oak and vanilla flavour with whisky notes and a creamy red fruity finish. Superb!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2007
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, can’t wait to have more in the years to come.


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