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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

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


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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Our 12th Vintage features two of our favourite English hop varieties, Northdown and Challenger. These, combined with floor malted Maris Otter malt, produce a rich fruit aroma laced with dark orange hop notes. A full luxurious mouthfeel is finished off with a satisfying alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3397) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter; 2008 vintage, Bottle #113845. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, pear, apple, plum, raisin, fig, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic old ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2699) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours dirty brown with a small white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is fruity and sweet malts with some light citrus hops. Taste is syrupy, sweet caramel and fruity malts. Itís rich and still some alcohol but it balances well and a small orange or citrus hops still present but very faint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (997) - - JAN 26, 2014
Murky caramel coloured pour, fast disappearing head. Still a bit of booze in the aroma and taste, and a very slight metallic quality. Still, lots of dried dark fruit, raisin, plum, caramel. Was good but the 2007 at the same tasting was a step above. Will gladly come back to this one in a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2014
Medium offwhite head. Clear deep dark red body with lazy carbonation. Linoleum and old books aroma with orange marmalade notes. Sweet-dryish dried fruit and caramel taste with honey and spicy linoleum notes. Mid-to-full body. Mild, smooth mouthfeel with slight heat. Dryish honey and dried fruit aftertaste with old books, spice, and port notes. Lingering old books and port flavour with buttery notes. Very harmonic, scarily drinkable, and just very, very good. (0.5l bottle from ... I forget where. Wife loved the aroma, but hated the taste.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (1936) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 8, 2014
50cl bottle thanks to Scopey! Color is dark copper, head is thin to medium. Body is very smooth. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Aroma is orange, alcohol, liquor, caramel, cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (361) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Rich fruity taste very smooth and creamy . Aged for five years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (8319) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle purchased from the brewery website & consumed at Merton Beer Festival Meeting next door at Nick & Annaís (next door) Tuesday 3rd December 2005 Pours amber its a little hazy with an off- white head. Fruity and nutty on the nose, little bit of tea, sweetness clings, some sweet overipe tangerine, thick in the mouth, slight late fruity twang. I like this, touch chewy, good. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PokeyKahn (2) - - NOV 12, 2013 does not count
Get this if you see it. Not cheap but worth a go. Smooth and delicious. Nuf said.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2013
From my cellar, autumn 2013. Glowing ruby. Malty sweet. Soft, no edges. Nuts, malt, the well known Fullerís charater. Over the top.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5406) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013

Feb 2012 Chris Oís Fullers/Gales Tasting. Sweet. Toffee. Too sweet. A bit dull, but still drinkable. Iím starting to struggle here as we get to the end of these fairly strong beers.

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