ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. My friend bought me one for Christmas, so we each had one. Poured and looked good. Strong boozy flavor, nearly barleywine like. Maybe this needs some time because it seemed really hot.
badgerben (4333) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Original Rating, 12/22/2008: Dark orange, brownish color with a thin head. Aroma is a little earthy, kind of musty, moldy in a good way, and mossy. Flavor is strongly dried malt, lots of barley. Dusty. A solid fresh hop and vinous bite, plus pretty much everything from the aroma. A very solid Vintage Ale. I will be happy to try this one again in a couple of years. 8/4/8/4/17
Re-rating, 10/14/2010, Bottle 126546: Dark orange, brown color with a medium head. Strong orangey aroma. Lots of caramel and bits of toffee. Very bready flavor. Thick with malt. Quite fruity. Very light chocolate. Full bodied, slightly dry. Noticeable hops, mostly earthy and spicy. Same score.
wilderthanyou (718) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle No. 04764. Pours a amber orange with a good slightly off white head that slowly dissolves. Aroma is spicey, malt, soft bread cookie and alcohol. The flavour is top notch, malty toffee base, with a alcohol sweetness, some gingerbread cookie flavours, ends on with a note of good bourbon. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the finish is incredible. Have two more of these on the shelf, expecting good things to come of come aging them.
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange, very little bubbles, with white head that thins slowly. Scotchy malt aroma. Creamy, boozy, sweet malty scotch taste. It does warm the body on a cold night but not much complexity yet.
presario (4437) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Steady carbonation, tiny bubbles rising through dark amber maintains a thin but even head. Aroma of baking cookies, spice, malt and soft alcohol. First sip is indeed tasty. Second mouthful has a big alcohol component. I like the gingerbread cookie and hop spice. The body is good. The alcohol seems more prominent than in past years. Instead of one every month I may pick up 2 ESBs for the same dollars. Maybe this one needs to age more than the last few years editions.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle (500ml) #27544. Clear burnt amber pour, solid two-finger foamy tan lasting head. Biscuity, somewhat boozy aroma, quite grainy and oddly raisin-like. The taste is a little sweet, and it seems woody, almost like a blended scotch - quite alcoholic. The mouthfeel is a little thin, it has a bit of an astringent bite, and is very well carbonated - decent, needs to mellow a lot.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 Bottle thanks to someone at the Bruery tasting. I have another in my cellar to age. Pours with a large, off-white head and a hazy bronze body. Aroma of figs, caramel, raisins and cereal. Taste is caramel and figs. Has a strong need to be aged. Light bubbles and a creamyish mouthfeel. One of the more aggressively bitter Fuller Vintage ales that I have had fresh.
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from LCBO. Clean pour, amber in colour. however the taste is one dimensional. way to expensive for how bland the taste. $6/500ml
johndoughty (3549) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very inviting amber appearance.Medium head and relatively gentle presence of alcohol.Subtle bitterness and extremely well balanced making it dangerously easy to drink. Pleasant but certainly not a vintage year.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle (# 147690): Sweet aroma of caramel, honey, wood, malts, slight apple, and light yeast. I really like the scent for some reason. Poured amber in color with a large, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of wood, caramel, tobacco, tar, malts, slight molasses, light toasting, and slight resin. Medium body. Thin, slightly sticky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Lightly sticky, woody, honey, tobacco finish is sweet and lingers.