elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fullers Vintage Ale 1/26/09 (bottle. Pours clear orange with a soapy, cream-colored head. Aroma of apple cider vinegar, champagne, baking soda and cream soda. Palate is smooth and lightly carbonated. It remains surprisingly light through the mid-palate, finishing dry. Flavor begins on a caramel malt note with some nuttiness. Finishing touches include back-of-the-tongue tartness, tea and apple juice. Overall, flavor is attractive, yet underwhelming. Fullers has created a beer that might age well, but tastes simple right now.
nick76 (4128) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is rich and sweet with malt, caramel, light fruit, alcohol, lemon, and vanilla. The appearance is amber with a small but foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma but very alcoholic even for a beer at 8.5%. The palate is a little thin but OK. Even though this beer has some good qualities the whole is not better than the sum of the parts.
ilovedarkbeer (2151) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a glowing yet hazy amber color with pink highlights. Nose is very sweet with notes of toffee, caramel, sweetbread, and a bit of booze. Taste is about the same with additional citrus flavors and a raisiny finish. Not bad but I think that this one either needs some time or is just not as impressive as past vintages. Decent mouthfeel but alcohol is present which makes it more of a sipper.
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too sweet! I liked 2007 because it was drier. This one has the leathery malt profile, but too much sugar. Not much hops or anything else. Decent, but too sweet.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - 2008 vintage - pours a fairly clear light amber color with medium sized light tan head. Aroma has loads of honey, fair amount of caramel, faint herbal hops, orange peel, light oak, white grapes. Flavor has fair amount of toasted caramel and oak, notes of lemon, cinnamon. Finish is fairly sweet. Pretty good overall
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Vintage Ale
Date: December 24, 2008
Source: Greenís, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity malt aroma, floral and woodsy hops (fuggles?)
Flavor: rich malt flavor, nice fruity character, lots of sweet caramel candy, nice earthyness, grows into a sticky sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle No 126617 pours red amber clear with a decent and lasting head and lace sheets. The aroma is caramel and citrus. The flavor is like orange marmalade on fresh biscuits with some orange peel accents. The palate is rich and smooth. This could be classified as an ESB and rate well. Overall, I like this a bunch.
hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At $8.75 a bottle this came in a box and the bottle poured a nice cloudy rich amber color with a light tan head and some sticky lacing rings. Nose of caramel malts and some citrus hops, backed up with odors of ripe fruit. Quite a tantalizing odor. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Flavor was very rich and finish long and dry. I found this quite drinkable and enjoyable and every bit as good as the 2007 version.
blankboy (5631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
<i>Bottle (500ml). No. 28965.</i> Pours a clear, bubbly orange-amber with an average to large size semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Slightly mild aroma of fruity malt and a significant amount of alcohol -- malty and fruity is mostly all Iím getting from the aroma along with a bit of sugar coming through afterwards. Itís nice though. Sweet, malty flavour with noticeable alcohol, biscuit and some hops in the finish. Not as complex as some previous years past but still a very fine beer.
downender (5663) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 37667. Deep amber in colour with a decent, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, red fruits, nuts and orangey hops. Flavour was also sweet, with tastes of digestive biscuits, more caramel and fruit, a touch of vanilla and some juicy hops, leading to a moderately bitter finish accompanied by a touch of warming alcohol. Very enjoyable.