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Fullerís Vintage Ale 2008

Formerly brewed at Fullerís
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
<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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7846) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHSRanders (1994) - Tjele, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2011 Bottle. Clear amber colour with large creamy off-white mostly lasting head. moderate malty aroma. Sweet fruity flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
<i>Bottle shared by Mes</i>
Amber color, creamy head. Good malty aroma, grainy. Malt flavor and caramel, quite sweet, well balanced, richer than other recent vintages. Will try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikkopen (1047) - 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 (1196) - 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 (4544) - 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.

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