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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2008

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


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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle shared by gethinbeer. Deep amber-orange beer. Aroma is lovely. Loads of orange marmalade character. Soft crackery maltiness with a litlle bit of light sweetness. A little bit earthy with a touch of honey and light fruity esters. Chewy and sweet with a nice orangey sweetness. Light earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2009
Bouteille de 500 ml acheté au LCBO de Rideau et King Edward (Ottawa), en décembre 2008. Cuivrée claire, pas de collet. Arome d’orge malté licoreux, houblon sucré. Goût pas mal la même chose, avec une finission réchauffante. C’est très bon, j’aurais du en acheté d’autres!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle from waitrose at home. Alround rating: full on malty fruit cake body, peppery alcohol, brandy hints from the alc, honey raisin like meadness, great carbonation, tasty and awsome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2009
Coppery brown body with tinges of red and minimal lasting head. Light malty aroma, sweet, hints of the alcohol and then some dried fruit then hops. Taste is fairly smooth but just thought it would have a bit more guts, notes of caramel, mainly malty sweet but hops is playing a ood supporting role. Could age well but not for too many years in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle (No. 125498). A rich copper brown color with a light foamy off-white head. Strong fruity caramel, toffee, and wood flavors with a nice crisp bite and a lingering bitter caramel finish. A bright nutty and caramel aroma with mild alcohol and a hint that it could have been barrel aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2009
bottle, amber golden pour, good tall foam head, aroma of hazelnut, caramel and malt, flavor is very nice mix of caramel , mellow hops, dried apricots, some vanilla. very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 8, 2009
2008 vintage. Bottle 144922. Poured out a clear amber color, with a sticky white head. Aromas are alcohol, dark dried fruits, yeast. Flavors are alcohol, caramel, yeasty bread. Still young & hot. Needs time to mellow. Burns the back of your throat when swallowed. Decent enough beer, but too young right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle from bevmo mission valley. Pours a medium reddish amber color with a good sized beige head. Nice toasted and caramel malts, candied figs and prunes on the nose. Flavor was medium sweet with a nice bitter finish....good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
Best one out of the last 4 years IMO. I can’t stop buying them. Amazing. Hope next years is even better!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle (in NZ - cheers Carl). Pours a bright amber with a large foamy off white head. Caramal malt aroma - hints of aniseed and berries. And uncomplicated, but full fruity palate along with that caramal malt. Medium bitterness, but a fairly dry finish. Delicious. They certain know what they are doing when producing these Vintage Ales.

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