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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

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

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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aphalo (93) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle #34443. Colour is very clear amber, smallish head. Aroma is wide and sweet with aspects of alcohol. In taste thereís nuts, bitternes, citrus covered with carbon. Aftertaste is long, mild and smooth. Well balanced, even it hasnít aged enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle... Clear amber ale with a small, fluffy, white head. Caramelly, vinous nose proposes tawny port and herbal, grassy, English hops. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. Leans a little toward the bitter side of balance - toffee and caramel sweetness flanking peppery, grassy hop bitterness. Lengthy, caramelly, medium-bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1514) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
O my! This is nice stuff... gutsy, deep balanced flavors and almost lemony hops. It hangs on almost like a BW. Deep caramel and nutty malt flavors. Intentionally excessive solidity. A beer that promises to hold on & deliver a lot more.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
Much better than last year. The challenger acts as the sheriff in what could be an unruly ale. The finish is nuttier than anticipated but works wonderfully. Perfect balance. Perfect colour and head.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eirikur (372) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 6, 2009
This ale is soo naked. no masking at all, way too much alcaholic taste, otherwise, its complex and has all the bells and whistles .

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20883) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2009
Bottled (from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki). Amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is fruity, wooden, toffeeish along with quite evident nuttyness and zest. Flavour is hoppy, nutty with some mild spices and licorice. Alcohol gives a huge sweet peak towards the finish. Aftertaste is raisins, mild alcohol, some flowery hops as well as spices. This already tastes very promising for cellaring.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
Tasted 01/02/2009. 500ml boxed bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Rose gold. A hint of autolysis and hop, rich malt, a little nut and autumn fruit, balancing bitterness. Spicy warming finish. Simple. Divine. The magnificence of malt is so under-rated on this side of the planet. Iím heading out to buy some more.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
500ml Bottle #03645 - Pours a nice cloudy orange, very thick off-white head that never left and clung to the glass for itís life. Prunes, plums, raisins, bread, burnt caramel all come out to me in the aroma; sadly, the remnants of a cold are probably costing me the full experience. Lots and lots of alcohol in the flavour, but itís not overwhelming. Balanced nicely amongst all those notes promised in the aroma alongside a heavy dose of malty sweetness. Something astringent hits the tongue but itís pleasant enough. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 27, 2009
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4253) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2009
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.


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