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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

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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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikkopen (854) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2009
500 ml bottle. Slightly hazy amber colour, thin white head that leaves some lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel malts, fruits and a hint of alcohol. The flavour is caramel-malty, fruity (raisins, apricots etc), a little sherry-like. Nicely warm and bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied, smooth and a little buttery. Very enjoyable and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle no 28352 Hazy amber colour with big fluffy white head. Big fruit rasin aroma. Fruit loaf with hint of bread flavours. Creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 Bottle no. 67803. Sweet caramel and vinous dried fruits with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Clear amber-copper coloured body is topped by a frothy off white head that recedes rapidly to a lasting cover with some patchy lacing. Bready and caramel malts play nicely with some sherry flavours and floral hops. Bitterness is notable but not overwhelming. Medium full body is quite dry and offers a very engaging effervescence. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle. BCLS on Cambie at 8th. Dec-08. Resampled bottle # 15874 at the Fullers Vertical tasting at uhlanís with similar notes and score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle no 21582. Amber with a tan head. Sweet smell of caramel and fruit, with some hops. Sweetish flavor with slight bitterness. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Poured amber with a slight tan head. Big malty and caramel nose. Taste was sweet malty and caramel balanced with earthy hops. There were notes of herbal tea and some bitterness. Another strong effort by Fullers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3853) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
50cl bottle from GM Liquors. Bottle #135362 BB2011. Nose of black cherries, caramel, and some flowery hoppiness. reddish copper with a medium straw head. Flavor is light bitterness, llight sweetness, fruity notes, and some light toffee notes. Finish is a combo of light pit fruits and light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14659) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Bottle (39363)at home Nov 08 ... copper ... light yeast malts ... ligth bitterness ...light fruit ... just a bid dull. .. 3.3

Bottle 59503 (04/10) at home ... light copper ... ovaltine malt nose ... little wishy washy ... little soapy lemon ... again ovaltine malts ... and more citrus fruits. 3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Bottle No. 23973. A clear red/amber colored beer, wit thick beige head. The aroma is mild sweet, caramel, fruits like apricot and English hops. The taste is enjoyable bitter, fruits like citrus and apricot and hops. A little alcohol. The aftertaste is warm and has a long bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. #142561. Ruby beer with a cream colored head. Spicy, dark fruit aroma with sweet malt. Dark fruit, earthy, caramel flavor with toffee and light treacle. Medium bodied. Sweet malt lingers with a dusty/earthiness and dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11105) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
16.9oz bottle-pours an off white head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, earthy/herbal (English) hops. Taste is rich medium malt-caramel, spice/earthy/herbal (English) hops. Thanks jwc215 for sharing this one.

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